Hurricanes Roll Past McNeese State, 79-59
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – (AP) Freshman Rion Brown scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack in Miami’s 79-59 victory over McNeese State on Wednesday night at the BankUnited Center.
Brown, who shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range, was one of six Hurricanes to finish in double figures as Miami (3-2) rebounded from its second loss of the season Sunday at Rutgers.
Donnavan Kirk‘s jumper with 7:34 left gave the Hurricanes their biggest lead, 71-44.
Johnson also grabbed nine rebounds, just missing his fourth straight double-double. Freshman Raphael Akpejiori put up a team- season-high four blocks in 11 minutes.
Diego Kapelan led the Cowboys (2-3) with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc.
Miaminever trailed after Scott’s 3-point play for a 25-24 lead with 6:37 left in the first half.
Brown’s third 3-pointer of the first half increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 32-24 with 4:02 remaining. Johnson scored two baskets in an 8-0 spurt, which gave Miamiits biggest advantage of the first half, 40-27, en route to a 42-30 lead at the break.
The Cowboys ran off to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:40 behind Patrick Richard’s two field goals and Kapelan’s 3-pointer.
Richard and Kapelan scored 21 of the Cowboys’ 30 first-half points, but Richard was held scoreless in the second half and finished with 13 points.
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