Miami Handles Florida Southern, 90-65, in Exhibition Finale
Nov. 8, 2010
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – It wasn’t as easy as the Barry game, but the University of Miami basketball team still had its way in its exhibition finale, pulling away for a 90-65 win over Florida Southern College Monday night at the BankUnited Center.
The Hurricanes got a combined 27 points from their starting backcourt Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant, another 14 from forward Adrian Thomas and Miami out-shot Florida Southern, 47.8-to-39.7 on the night.
The Mocs jumped out to a 17-13 lead nine minutes into the game but the `Canes quickly asserted their dominance, going on a 32-to-17 run the rest of the half to gain a 45-31 lead at the break.
It was much of the same in the second half. The Hurricanes kept the Florida Southern at bay, holding a double-digit lead that eventually expanded to 27 late in the contest.
Twelve Hurricanes played in the game, including 10 that played at least 14 minutes.
Scott led UM with 14 points, five assists and four steals, hitting on 6-of-10 from the field. Grant added 13, knocking down three three-pointers, while Thomas connected on 4-of-10 attempts from long range.
As expected, the more physically imposing `Canes controlled the paint, out-rebounding the Mocs 42-to-35. Reggie Johnson had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Thomas added six boards and DeQuan Jones and Julian Gamble each had five.
Terry Jenkins led the Mocs’ with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Ready for the Regular Season
The Hurricanes will open their regular season on Friday, Nov. 12 when they play host to Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.
“We’re ready to get going,” head coach Frank Haith said. “Friday is a big game. We have played a lot of different guys and a lot of different lineups, which is what we wanted to see from the preseason. We got to see Garrius at the point guard and we got a lot of minutes out of our post players, including Donnavan Kirk. Julian Gamble is still not one-hundred percent from his knee injury so we need him to get back to full speed.”
`Canes in the Crowd
Several UM celebrities were in attendance at the BUC Monday night. President Donna Shalala sat courtside across from the `Canes bench, former Hurricane and current St. Louis Cardinal Jon Jay sat a few rows back from press row and football star Leonard Hankerson made his second appearance in as many exhibition games.
Garrius at the Point
Miami fans had another chance to see Garrius Adams running some point again Monday night. Adams went 6-of-6 from the line and finished with nine points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes of action.
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