Hurricanes Down Oral Roberts in Las Vegas Opener
Las Vegas, Nev. (AP) – Malcolm Grant scored 15 points to lead Miami to a 69-56 victory over Oral Roberts on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
The Hurricanes (8-3), who won for the sixth time in seven outings, also had Reggie Johnson post his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Durand Scott with 14 points and three assists and Garrius Adams with 10 points.
DeQuan Jones added eight points and two blocks for his third-straight game with eight-or-more points.
Miami started the second half with an 11-2 run that erased a 33-28 halftime deficit and provided a 39-35 lead with 15:44 left.
After two free throws by Grant — who finished a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe — gave Miami a 37-35 advantage, the Golden Eagles (4-7) never reclaimed the lead.
Dominique Morrison led the Golden Eagles with 20 points, while Damen Bell-Holter had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Miami held a shooting advantage of 52.4 percent (22 of 42) to Oral Roberts’ 35.5 percent (18 of 51), while also converting 81.5 percent from the line (22-27). The Hurricanes also outrebounded the Golden Eagles 34-30.
On the Double
From the Line
Durand Scott added a 5-of-6 performance from the charity stripe and is shooting 83.3 percent for the season.
Thomas for Three
Miami will also have its first ever meetings with Rice (Wed., Dec. 22, 3 p.m. EST) and Akron (Thurs., Dec. 23, 3 p.m. EST) this week.