Miami Takes on UNCW in Second Round of Charleston Classic
Nov. 19, 2009
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team takes on upset-minded UNC Wilmington in second-round action of the Charleston Classic on Fri., Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. on CSS. The winner advances to Sunday’s tournament title game.
Game 4: Miami (3-0) vs. UNC Wilmington (1-2)
Date: Fri., Nov. 20, 2009 | Time: 3 p.m. (EST) | Site: Carolina First Arena
TV: CSS | Radio: 560 WQAM
Websites: Miami (www.hurricanesports.com) | UNCW (www.uncwsports.com) | Charleston Classic (www.charlestonclassic.com)
Tickets: (843) 953-2632
Projected Miami Starters
No. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast
01 Durand Scott (G, 6-3, 195, Fr.) 9.3 4.7 7.7
23 James Dews (G, 6-4, 213, Sr.) 10.3 2.0 1.7
31 DeQuan Jones (G/F, 6-6, 219, So.) 6.0 3.0 0.7^
20 Cyrus McGowan (F, 6-9, 237, Sr.) 6.3 3.3 1.3*
21 Dwayne Collins (F, 6-8, 241, Sr.) 14.3 9.7 1.3
Projected UNCW Starters
No. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast
02 Keith Rendleman (F, 6-7, 210, Fr.) 7.7 8.3 1.3*
05 Chad Tomko (G, 5-11, 165, Jr.) 17.0 2.0 3.0
21 Dominique Lacy (F, 6-7, 210, Jr.) 5.7 1.0 1.3
30 Darryl Felder (G, 6-3, 185, Jr.) 6.3 3.0 2.7
32 John Fields (C, 6-9, 230, Jr.) 10.5 5.5 3.0^
^ steals per game | * blocks per game
The Hurricanes won their third straight, knocking off Tulane, 74-54, in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday to advance to the winner’s side of the bracket.
UNCW upset 2009 NIT champion Penn State, 80-69, on Thursday for its first win of the season, snapping a seven-game Nittany Lion win streak that carried over from last season. The Seahawks (1-2), who finished 7-25 in 2008-09, are led by junior Chad Tomko with 17.0 points per game in two appearances this season. The 5-11 guard was sidelined earlier this month after undergoing surgery on his left foot for a stress fracture, but is shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc in 24.5 minutes per game in two outings since missing the season opener.
Miami head coach Frank Haith — who is 5-0 versus non-conference teams from North Carolina — has worked for half of the Charleston Classic field over his career. He started his full-time coaching career as an assistant at UNCW for two seasons (1990-92) and spent one season as an assistant coach at Penn State (1995-96), helping the Nittany Lions to an NCAA Tournament berth and a national ranking as high as No. 9. Haith spent several weeks on the men’s basketball staff at South Carolina, before accepting a position on Rick Barnes’ Texas staff in 2001. After three seasons at UT — including a Final Four appearance in 2003, Haith took over the Miami program and is in his sixth season as head coach.
DID U KNOW…
Senior Dwayne Collins — who converted a school-record 8-of-8 field goals in Thursday’s win over Tulane en route to a season-high 22 points — needs just 59 points to become the 30th Hurricane with 1,000 career points… He posted his 15th career double-double (22 pts, 14 reb) versus the Green Wave, which ranks third-most among active ACC players and sixth-best in Miami history… It was the fifth 20-plus point scoring game of his career… After knocking down a career-high five three-pointers versus Nova Southeastern, senior James Dews needs just one three-pointer to enter UM’s top 10 in career treys… Friday’s game versus UNCW is UM’s fourth in seven days.
The Hurricanes have converted at least 50 percent of their field goals in all three games so far this season. It is the first time in at least 10 years that Miami has accomplished this in the first three games of its season. The last time the Hurricanes hit 50 percent or better from the field in three-straight contests was in 2003-04 versus Bradley (11/26), Stetson (12/2) and FIU (12/6).
LAST TIME OUT
Dwayne Collins had 22 points and 14 rebounds for his 15th career double-double as Miami overpowered Tulane, 74-54, in the first round of the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
Collins made all eight of his shots from the field — a Miami men’s basketball program best, and eight of his rebounds came on the offensive end.
The Hurricanes (3-0) broke away early in the second half with a 19-4 run. Miami held Tulane to 20 points in the final stanza, limiting the Green Wave to 30 percent shooting.