No. 10/13 Canes Cruise Past Princeton, 80-52
MIAMI (AP) — Dejan Vasiljevic scored 20 points, Bruce Brown, Jr. added 17 and No. 10 Miami had little trouble on the way to topping Princeton 80-52 in the HoopHall Miami Invitational on Saturday night.
Lonnie Walker IV had a season-high 12 points for Miami (7-0), which shot 14 for 25 from 3-point range.
Vasiljevic and Brown were highly efficient, shooting a combined 13 for 17 from the field and 9 for 12 from 3-point range. Anthony Lawrence II added 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes, Brown had eight assists and Miami outscored Princeton 30-12 in the paint.
Amir Bell scored 13 for Princeton (2-5), which got 11 points apiece from Devin Cannady and Myles Stephens.
Princeton led 16-14 midway through the first half, and that was its final hurrah.
Miami closed the half on a 24-4 run to take a 38-20 lead, a spurt that included 13 unanswered points, 11 points from Brown in less than 5 minutes and forcing Princeton into 10 consecutive missed shots.
The Tigers got within 14 early in the second half, but Miami never ceded control. And if there was any doubt, Miami went on a 10-0 run capped by an NBA-range 3-pointer from Vasiljevic for a 70-44 lead with 5 minutes remaining.
It was the second game of the day in Miami, with No. 2 Kansas topping Syracuse 76-60 in the early contest.
• Miami leads the series with Princeton, 3-1.
• Miami has started 7-0 for the second time in the Larrañaga era (2014-15 team started 8-0).
• Miami is 4-2 all-time at AmericanAirlines Arena.
• Miami held Princeton to season lows in points (52), shooting (31.1%) and 3-point shooting (25%).
• Miami limited Princeton to two field goals over the final 10:42 of first half after trailing 16-14.
• UM held Princeton scoreless for 5:52 in the first half, the Hurricanes’ fourth opponent scoreless streak of five-plus minutes this year.
• Miami hit a season-high 14 3-pointers.
• Miami out-rebounded an opponent for the sixth time in seven games.
• Dejan Vasiljevic recorded a career-best 20 points, including 14 in the second half. It was the second 20-point effort by a Hurricane player this year (Dewan Huell, 23 at Minnesota).
• Bruce Brown Jr. scored a season-high 17 points (14 in first half) and matched a career high with four 3-pointers.
• Anthony Lawrence matched a career-best with 10 rebounds (seven in first half).
• Lonnie Walker had career highs in points (12) and rebounds (5).