Canes Cruise to 92-43 Opening Night Victory
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Ebuka Izundu scored 14 points to lead Miami to a 92-43 rout of Western Carolina in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
The Hurricanes started with an 18-4 spurt and maintained the double-digit lead the rest of the game, the first between both teams. Davon Reed keyed Miami’s early run with a 3-pointer and a dunk.
Ja’Quan Newton, Kamari Murphy and Dewan Huell finished with 13 points each for Miami. Murphy scored 11 points in the first half and also finished with eight rebounds.
D.J. Vasiljevic’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining in the half gave Miami a 41-18 lead. Vasiljevic was the Hurricanes fifth double scorer with 11 points.
Three Western Carolina starters sat most of the first half because of foul trouble. Marc Gosselin committed four fouls in eight minutes and Devin Peterson and Charlendez Brooks had three each.
Deriece Parks scored 10 points for the Catamounts.
· Starters: G #0 Ja’Quan Newton, G #3 Anthony Lawrence Jr., G #5 Davon Reed, F #21 Kamari Murphy, C #15 Ebuka Izundu
· All four freshman – Bruce Brown, Dewan Huell, Rodney Miller and DJ Vasiljevic – made their Hurricanes debut in the season opener.
· All nine scholarship players scored a point in tonight’s season opener, while all eleven saw action.
· Miami is 27-5 in season openers since the rebirth of basketball in 1985, and 27-5 in home openers in the same timeframe.
· As a team Miami shot 31-62 (50.0%) from the field and 6-13 (46.2%) from downtown.
· Miami held Western Carolina to shoot only 17-67 (25.4%) from the field and 7-33 (21.2%) from three.
· Sophomore Ebuka Izundu surpassed his previous career high of 11 points against Mississippi State, as he led the team with 14 points this evening.
· Redshirt senior Kamari Murphy tied his career high of 13 points, which he also tallied at Virginia Tech in 2012.
· Leading the team in both blocks (3) and steals (3), sophomore Anthony Lawrence Jr. also set a career high in both categories.
· Freshman DJ Vasiljevic (11) and Dewan Huell (13) both scored double digit points in their collegiate debuts.
· As a team the Hurricanes blocked eight shots, the most since April 2, 2015 against Stanford, when Miami had eight in the NIT Championship game.
· Miami outscored their opponent by 40+ points while also scoring 90+ for the first time since December 12, 2015, when they defeated LaSalle 95-49.