Miami Tops Tennessee Tech, 69-57

Dec. 23, 2004

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)Robert Hite scored 19 points to lead Miami to a69-57 win over Tennessee Tech on Thursday, its sixth consecutive win.

Miami (7-2) started out sluggish for the second consecutive game, trailing22-17 before closing the first half on a 12-5 run. Hite scored 10 of Miami’s 29points and added four of his game-high five steals in the first half.

Tennessee Tech (4-5) pulled to within 40-38 on a 3-pointer by Anthony Fisherat 13:27 of the second half, but Miami went on a 13-4 run to take a 53-42 leadwith 7:17 remaining. The run was led by eight points from Anthony Harris, whoscored all 14 of his points in the second half.

The Golden Eagles never got closer than five points off the Hurricanes’ leadafter that, and three consecutive Miami 3-pointers, including two by Hite,pushed the lead to 62-52 with 3:06 remaining.

Willie Jenkins scored a game-high 25 points for Tennessee Tech.

Four of five starters finished in double figures in scoring for Miami, whichovercame 39.3 percent shooting by beating Tennessee Tech 45-34 in rebounds.Miami missed 16-of-21 3-pointers, while 10 of Tennessee Tech’s 21 field goalscame from 3-point territory.