Men's Basketball Wins Sixth Straight
Nov. 28, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Dwayne Collins scored 16 points to lead Miami to an 83-74 win over Alabama State Wednesday night, as the Hurricanes improved to 6-0 for just the fifth time in program history.
It is the best start for Miami since winning 14 straight to start the 2001-02 season.
Collins was one of five Hurricanes who finished in double figures. Miami’s emphasis on low-post scoring resulted in Collins, Anthony King and Jimmy Graham combining for 42 points. King and Graham finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Brian Asbury added 15 points, including hitting a pair of three-pointers and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, while Eddie Rios tied his season-high with 11 points in his second-straight start.
After a close first half, the Hurricanes outscored the Hornets 10-3 in the early minutes of the second half.
Rios’ 3-pointer 2:39 into the second half put Miami ahead 41-33.
Although Chief Kickingstallionsims’ field goal with 15:52 remaining reduced Miami’s lead to 43-37, the Hurricanes responded with a 14-5 spurt in the next 6:01.
Collins’ basket with 4:25 left closed a 6-0 run and increased Miami’s lead to 67-49.
Miami also converted a season-high 31 free throws.
Andrew Hayles led Alabama State (2-2) with 26 points. Brandon Brooks scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, in the final 2:41, and finished with 22 points.
The Hornets ran off eight straight points for a 17-11 lead early in the first half. Jamarr Sanders’ two free throws with 12:38 remaining in the half capped the run.
But the Hurricanes countered with nine unanswered points in the next 4:10. James Dews ended the run with a 3-pointer, increasing Miami’s lead to 20-17.
Miami returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 2, versus former BIG EAST rival St. John’s (4-0) at the BankUnited Center at 4 p.m. The game will also be televised on FSN.