Lecomte's 17 Fuel @CanesHoops 73-66 Win
|Points||Lecomte – 17||Cooper – 20|
|Rebounds||Jekiri – 12||Taylor – 8|
|Assists||McClellan – 4||Coleman – 3|
|Blocks||Cruz Uceda – 2||Obasohan – 1|
|Condensed Replay||John Brannen & Players|
|Game Replay||Lecomte & Jekiri|
Miami (23-12) advances to Tuesday’s NIT quarterfinals against either Richmond or Arizona State. Those schools meet in a second-round game at Richmond on Sunday night.
The Hurricanes, who felt they belonged in the NCAA Tournament’s field of 68, improved the Atlantic Coast Conference’s record in the NCAA and NIT to 9-1.
Rodney Cooper scored 20 points and Levi Randolph added 17 points for Alabama (19-15). Retin Obasohan added 11 and Michael Kessens had 10 for the Crimson Tide – who missed 21 of 25 shots during a 15-minute stretch of the second half.
Miami played without point guard Angel Rodriguez, who sat out because of a nagging wrist injury that he’s aggravated several times in recent weeks. The Hurricanes advanced despite a season-low two points from Sheldon McClellan, the team’s leading scorer.
The Hurricanes used a 12-1 run to take a 27-18 lead, only to see Alabama quickly answer with a 16-3 spurt of its own. Obasohan’s step-back foul-line jumper as time expired in the first half capped that burst, putting the Crimson Tide up 34-30 going into the locker room.
Miami trailed by seven points with 17 minutes left, when Jekiri’s putback dunk breathed some life into a quiet arena – and, it seemed, into the Hurricanes.
Burnett’s consecutive 3-pointers midway through the second half put Miami ahead for good, and Jekiri’s 3 moments later added to what became a game-deciding 17-2 run for the Hurricanes.
* Miami improves to 1-2 against Alabama, after falling to the Crimson Tide in December of 1968 and in the 2011 NIT. UM is now 1-0 against Alabama at home, and 0-2 on the road.
* The Canes are 9-11 in their 11 NIT appearances.
* UM is 6-6 in the first round, 3-2 in the second round and 0-3 in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
* Miami has won two games in the NIT three times, 2015, 2011 and 2006.
* Head coach Jim Larrañaga has a 559-382 overall record in his 31st season as a head coach. He is 89-48 in his fourth season at the University of Miami, with a 41-29 mark in ACC play.
* Miami’s 12 wins at home tie for the fifth-most in a season since the arena opened in January of 2003. UM posted 14 wins three times (2012-13, 2011-12, 2007-08) and 13 in (2010-11). The Hurricanes have notched double-digit home wins at the BankUnited Center in seven of the last eight seasons and 10 times in 12 full seasons calling the arena home.
*Miami recorded 15 assists against Alabama, the 18th time this season UM has 14-or-more assists.
* The Canes knocked down nine 3-pointers, the 15th game in which the Canes drained nine or more from long range. Six Canes added to the total: Burnett, Reed, Lecomte, Jekiri, Cruz Uceda, Sherman.
* Starters for the game against Alabama were Manu Lecomte, Davon Reed, Sheldon McClellan and Ivan Cruz Uceda. Miami is now 2-0 with this lineup.
* Junior Tonye Jekiri attempted and made his first career 3-pointer in the second half against Alabama.
* Jekiri grabbed 12 rebounds, the 20th time this season grabbing 10+ boards.
* With 12 rebounds against Alabama, junior Tonye Jekiri has 354 rebounds this season, trailing No. 3 Harry Manushaw (372) in the record book for most rebounds in a season.
* Davon Reed knocked down two 3-pointers in the game, the 11th time this season he has drained multiple shots from distance.
* Reed finished with 15 points, the 10th time this season he has scored 10+ points.
* With seven boards, Ivan Cruz Uceda set a new season/career high, surpassing his previous best of five, which he had collected five times this season.
*Cruz Uceda drained one 3-pointer against Alabama, the 10th game this season he has hit a three, and the sixth time in seven games.
* Manu Lecomte finished with 17 points, the 14th time this season he’s scored in double-digit points.
* Deandre Burnett scored 13 points, his seventh game in double-digit points.
* Burnett hit three shots from three, the eighth time this season he has hit multiple shots from long range and the fourth time he’s hit three-or-more.