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Miami Basketball Falls to Nike Elite, 88-86

Nov. 2, 2003

Box Score

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (hurricanesports.com) – Despite leading in nearly every statistical category, the University of Miami basketball team fell to Nike Elite, 88-86 Sunday night at the Convocation Center.

“I thought this is exactly what we needed,” Head Coach Perry Clark said. “It is tough to play an exhibition game this early, but I thought we did some good things. We shot 50 percent from the field. I felt that we executed offensively. Defensively, we weren’t able to contain the basketball. They were able to get a lot of penetration. We committed way too many fouls. We also had 21 turnovers. Every time we had a lead, we would foul them or turn it over. It was a learning experience. We got a lot of people in and we will have to go back and look at the film.”

Senior forward Darius Rice (Jackson, Miss.) had a double-double with a game-high 34 points, including going five of eight from beyond the three point line, and led all players with ten rebounds. Sophomore guard Robert Hite (Cincinnati, Ohio) turned in 17 points for UM and added six rebounds.

The Hurricanes will return to the court on Wednesday, Nov. 12 to host an exhibition game with Team Georgia at 7:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center.