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Canes Reach New Hite In Win Over FAU

Canes Reach New Hite In Win Over FAU

Dec 27, 2003

Box Score

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)Robert Hite’s career-high 26 points helped carryMiami past Florida Atlantic 76-51 on Saturday night, giving the Hurricanestheir 31st win in their last 35 games against instate competition.

Eric Wilkins had 11 for Miami (8-3), which only got nine from standoutforward Darius Rice – nearly nine below his average.

Pierre Tucker had 11 points and Jeff Hamilton had 10 for Florida Atlantic(4-4), which lost to Miami for the 16th time in 17 meetings and shot only 28.8percent for the game.

A 16-3 first-half run gave the Hurricanes a 24-11 lead, but Florida Atlanticclosed to within 33-26 by halftime.

Rice missed his first seven shots; his first field goal, a 3-pointer with18:11 left, pushed Miami’s lead to 41-29 and helped fuel a 23-8 run which gavethe Hurricanes a 59-37 lead with 9:46 remaining. Freshman guard Guillermo Diazscored eight of his nine points and Miami’s defense forced nine FloridaAtlantic turnovers during that run, which saw the Owls go scoreless for thefinal 3:58.

Hite then helped seal the win by scoring all 11 of his points in a 3:31stretch, pushing the margin to 70-45 with 4:16 remaining.