Canes Dominate La Salle in 46-Point Win
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ivan Cruz Uceda scored 20 points and Tonye Jekiri had 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 13 Miami to a 95-49 win over La Salle on Tuesday night.
The Explorers suffered their worst loss in a program that started in the 1931-32 season.
The Hurricanes (10-1) won their fifth straight game and blew open the game with a 27-9 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Sheldon McClellan scored 14 points for the Hurricanes.
Ja’Quan Newton scored 10 points in his hometown return. Newton graduated Neumann-Gorretti in 2014 as the leading scorer in school and Catholic School League history with 1,972 points. Newton won four straight Catholic League championships, clinching titles at the Palestra, site of Tuesday’s game.
He has one more reason to celebrate in Philadelphia.
Johnnie Schuler led the Explorers (4-5) with nine points.
Miami never flinched on the road and made short work of a La Salle team in a transition season under coach John Giannini.
Uceda hit a 3 for a 20-11 lead and McClellan’s 3 attempt bounced high off the rim and plopped through the net to make it 27-15. McClellan opened the second half with a 3-pointer and the rout was on for the Hurricanes. Uceda hit four 3s.
Miami shot 50 percent in the first half (15 of 30) and the Explorers missed 8 of 10 3-pointers.
Trying or not, the Hurricanes did, humbling the Explorers three seasons after they reached the Sweet 16.
La Salle’s previous worst loss was a 42-point defeat against C.C.N.Y. on Dec 15, 1945.
The Canes’ 46-point win over La Salle was the largest margin of victory for Miami under Coach Jim Larrañaga. Previous highs were 35 points vs. Howard (11/14/14), 31 vs. Savannah State (12/8/14) and 30 vs. Appalachian State (12/30/11).
Coach Jim Larrañaga’s Miami teams have scored 90-or-more points nine times in 151 games, including four times this year.
In games under Coach L, Miami is 19-0 when scoring 85-or-more points.
Miami handed La Salle, a program that started in the 1931-32 season, a 46-point loss, their worst loss in history. La Salle’s previous worst loss was a 42-point defeat against C.C.N.Y. on Dec 15, 1945.
Miami hit 53.1 percent (34-64) from the field against La Salle, the eighth game the Canes have shot better than 50 percent from the field.
UM held La Salle to 29.8 percent (17-57) shooting from the field, the lowest shooting percentage by an opponent this season.
Miami’s bench scored 47 points, nearly outscoring La Salle’s 49 total points. The 47 bench points are the second-most this season behind 50 vs. Mississippi State.
The Canes tallied 50 points in the paint, tying the season-best against Northeastern.
The Canes’ 17 assists were the fourth time this season with 17-or-more dimes.
Senior Ivan Cruz Uceda knocked down a career-best 20 points, tying his career-best four 3-pointers in a game.
With 20 points, Cruz Uceda is the 11th Miami reserve to score 20 points in a game in the past 20 years. It is also the second-straight game a Miami reserve has scored 20 points in a game, following Ja’Quan Newton’s 20 points scored against College of Charleston.
Senior Tonye Jekiri tallied his third double-double of the season and 14th of his career, posting 14 rebounds and 10 points.
Junior Kamari Murphy grabbed 10 rebounds against the Explorers, the most of his Miami career, topping his previous best of seven against Charlotte Dec. 5.
Senior Sheldon McClellan dished out a career-best six assists, one more than his previous high of five against Charlotte, Dec. 5.
Five players – Ivan Cruz Uceda (20), Sheldon McCellan (14), Angel Rodriguez (11), Tonye Jekiri (10), Ja’Quan Newton (10) – scored in double-digits for the Canes, the fifth time this season with five-or-more players scoring 10+ points in a game.
Miami’s staters: Angel Rodriguez, Sheldon McClellan, Davon Reed, Kamari Murphy and Tonye Jekiri.
With the win, Coach Jim Larrañaga improved to 571-384 overall and 101-50 at Miami.
Miami is now 7-9 against La Salle, and 1-6 in the Palestra against the Explorers.