Canes Top 100 Points for First Time Since 2009
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points to help Miami jump to a huge first-half lead on the way to a 105-79 win against Mississippi State in Thursday’s first round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
Ja’Quan Newton added 15 points for the Hurricanes(3-0), who led by 29 points before the break in a can’t-miss opening 20 minutes. Miami made 17 of its first 21 shots, including a run of nine in a row, and used a 16-0 burst to blow the game open and quickly take all drama out of this one.
Miami shot 63 percent in the first half and tied the tournament single-half record with 59 points by the break, finishing at 57 percent shooting for the game.
Gavin Ware and Craig Sword each scored 20 points for the Bulldogs (1-2), who got no closer than 18 points after halftime in an ugly follow-up to Monday’s home loss to Southern.
It marked the first time the Hurricanes had scored at least 100 points against a Division I opponent since beating Savannah State 105-65 in January 2004. It was the first time they had scored 100 against any opponent since 2009, when fifth-year coach Jim Larranaga was still at George Mason.
They fell just shy of the Tipoff’s single-game scoring record of 107 points, set by North Carolina against Hofstra in 2010.
James Palmer added 14 points and was one of seven Hurricanes players to score in double figures, while they also took a 41-27 rebounding advantage on an all-around dominating night.
Not a bad way to start the stay in San Juan for a veteran team picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
– Miami scored 105 points against Mississippi State, the first time Miami has scored 100+ points since Nov. 16, 2009 against Nova Southeastern (108-58).
– The last time Miami scored 100+ against a Division I opponent was Jan. 3, 2004 vs. Savannah State (105-65).
– The last time Miami scored 100+ against a Power 5 team was Jan. 18, 1990 – Florida State (101-97).
– The last time Miami scored 100+ away from home in regulation victory was Dec. 28, 1988 vs. Penn in the Eastern Airlines Palm Beach Classic.
– This is Miami’s first time scoring 100+ points and earning a win over a high-major team away from home.
– Miami was three points shy of scoring the most points in a half since joining the ACC in 2004-05. The high was 61 against Nova Southeastern in 2009, second-most was 60 against Virginia in 2008 and Lafayette in 2006.
-Miami’s bench outscored Mississippi State 50-25. The Hurricanes also held a 46-32 advantage in points in the paint.
-The Hurricanes led for 37:52 of the game.
-The Hurricanes shot better than 50 percent in both halves for the second-consecutive game.
-Miami had seven players score in double figures. The Canes had six players score in double figures the last time out, vs. Louisiana, too.
– All nine scholarship players scored at least eight points.
-Miami’s 20 assists are a season high.
-The Hurricanes outrebounded Mississippi State 41-27.
-Miami’s matchup with Mississippi State was its first against the Bulldogs since Dec. 13, 2007.
-With the win over Mississippi State, Miami improved to 3-2 all-time against Bulldogs.
-Miami improved to 14-9 in neutral site games under head coach Jim Larrañaga.
– Freshman Anthony Lawrence, Jr. scored Miami’s 100th point. His father, Anthony Lawrence, Sr., also played for the Hurricanes from 1991-93.
-Redshirt senior Sheldon McClellan tied a season high with 18 points, connecting on 5-of-10 from the field. McClellan has now scored 10-or-more points in all three games this season.
-Senior Tonye Jekiri pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. It also marked the second time this season he has totaled 10 or more rebounds.
-Ja’Quan Newton scored a season-high 15 points (just one point shy of his career high) as he connected on 5-of-10 shots from the field.
-Freshman center Ebuka Izundu scored his first collegiate points and pulled down his first career rebounds against Mississippi State. He finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds.
-Sophomore James Palmer scored a season-high 14 points, connecting on 6-of-9 shots from the field.
Coach L Notes
-Jim Larrañaga improved to 564-383 all-time as a head coach and moved to 94-49 at Miami.
-This is the third time in Larrañaga’s career at Miami in which the Hurricanes have opened the year 3-0.