Men's Basketball Routs FIU for Eighth-Straight Win
Dec. 8, 2007
MIAMI, FLA. (AP) – James Dews and Dwayne Collins scored 14 points apiece to lead the University of Miami men’s basketball team past cross-town rival Florida International, 67-53, on Saturday night at Pharmed Arena. With the win, the undefeated Hurricanes improve to 8-0.
The Hurricanes opened the game on a 12-0 run, beginning with back-to-back three-pointers from Dews and Jack McClinton, who was back in the starting lineup. FIU’s Alex Galindo, who led the Golden Panthers with 14 points in the game, ended the drought by hitting a 3-pointer with 15:25 left in the half.
FIU (3-4) got as close as 18-14 before the Hurricanes came alive again. Miami closed the half on a 6-0 run, including a steal by Fabio Nass, to storm to the 38-22 lead at the break.
The Hurricanes led by as many as 25 points, taking the 54-29 lead on a Collins layup midway through the second stanza, and led by double figures throughout the final half.
Jimmy Graham finished with 10 points for Miami, grabbing six rebounds and a pair of blocks, while McClinton finished with eight points and dished out a team-high four assists. Collins and Brian Asbury grabbed a game-high nine rebounds apiece.
Miami (8-0) is off to its best start since winning 14 straight to start the 2001-02 season, and improved to 11-1 all-time versus FIU.
The Hurricanes travel to Starkville, Miss., for their second-straight road game, taking on the SEC’s Mississippi State on Thurs., Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. (EST).