Dews Leads Hurricanes Past North Carolina Central, 76-42
Jan. 3, 2009
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – James Dews scored a game-high 16 points to lead four Hurricanes in double-figures as Miami shook off an early challenge from winless North Carolina Central for a 76-42 victory on Saturday at the BankUnited Center.
The Eagles (0-16) stayed within single digits of the Hurricanes (10-3) in the first half and kept it as close as 15-12 after Stevy Worah-Ozimo’s field goal with 8:50 left.
Down by six at halftime, N.C. Central cut Miami’s lead to 31-29 after Vincent Davis scored a basket just 2:50 minutes into the second half.
But Miami followed with 11 unanswered points — including a pair of Dews 3-pointers — and would go on to outscore the Eagles 30-9 over 11 minutes to break the game open with the 64-38 advantage.
Jack McClinton added 15 points — including three 3s, a career-high tying seven assists and six rebounds. DeQuan Jones finished with a career-high 11 points and five rebounds and Dwayne Collins contributed 10 points and five rebounds as the Hurricanes had four double-figure scorers in a game for the sixth time this season.
Miami also dominated the glass, building the 53-34 rebounding advantage, including 10 boards from Cyrus McGowan in his second-straight double-figure rebounding performance.
Davis led North Carolina Central with 10 points.
The Hurricanes close their 2008-09 non-conference schedule at home on Monday versus Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on FSN-FL.