Gamble & Scott Lead Canes Past Hawai'i, 73-58
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December 22, 2012
HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — Durand Scott scored 20 points and Julian Gamble added 16 points and 13 rebounds as Miami defeated Hawaii 73-58 in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic on Saturday night.
Shane Larkin had 12 points and Trey McKinney Jones 11 points for the Hurricanes (8-1), who face No. 4 Arizona (10-0) in Sunday’s semifinals. Arizona beat East Tennessee State earlier Saturday.
The Hurricanes broke open a close game with a 14-5 run to start the second half.
Miami scored the first six points of the second half in a two-minute span, forcing Hawaii to a call a timeout, and Rion Brown’s jumper made the score 36-24 with 16:01 remaining. The Hurricanes forced three Hawaii turnovers during the run.
After Hawaii’s Brandon Jawato hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 36-29, Miami hit four 3-pointers and Gamble converted a three-point play to extend Miami’s lead to 55-37 with 11 minutes left.
Jawato came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points for Hawaii (5-4).
Shane Larkin’s father, Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, was among the modest Miami contingent in attendance.
Season tickets, mini-plans and non-coference single-game tickets are on sale now, and can be purchase at CanesTix.com or by calling the BankUnited Center Ticket Office at 305.284.2263. The ticket office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Starters for Miami: Shane Larkin, Durand Scott, Rion Brown, Kenny Kadji and Julian Gamble. This is the fifth different starting lineup for the Canes this season.
Miami led 22-21 at the half, both season lows. The Canes held UCF to 21 first-half points and Miami scored just 25 points at Florida Gulf Coast.
After hitting only one 3-pointer in the first half, the Canes knocked down five in the second stanza.
Miami shot 63.0 percent (17-27 ) in the second period after shooting only 34.5 percent (10-29) in the first half. The Canes also hit 12-of-13 free throws in the second half.
Julian Gamble scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, his third-career double-double. His other double-doubles were in 2008-09 against UNF (13 points/13 rebounds) and in 2009-10 against Virginia (13 points / 12 rebounds). Gamble’s previous career highs were 13 points three times and 13 rebounds twice. Gamble scored six of Miami’s first 13 points, including a pair of tip-ins.
Durand Scott knocked down four from long distance, setting his career high in 3-pointers made, which he notched vs. UNC in 2011. Scott’s 20 points are his season high and 14th-straight game scoring in double figures. Scott’s last 20-point game was 24 against Maryland last season.
Trey McKinney Jones was 7-of-7 at the line, scoring 11 total points.
Reggie Johnson did not play in the game due to an injury to his left thumb.
Miami will next face No. 4/5 Arizona at 6:30 p.m. HST (11:30 ET). Watch the game live on ESPN2.