Hurricanes Hoops derail LaSalle 71-58

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UM improves to 7-5 on the season as Conference Play looms.

Using a balanced attack on offense, a stifling defense, and a renewed emphasis on taking care of the ball, the Miami Hurricanes soared to an easy victory of  LaSalle Sunday afternoon.

Senior Rion Brown led the way with 17 points 9 rebounds and 4 assists.  Garrius Adams chipped in 13, James Kelly had 10.

Tonye Jekiri added a career high 9 points for the 'Canes. This is a good sign. UM will certainly need more of the same from Jekiri come conference play.

Fellow big, Donnavan Kirk,  sparked a first half surge with a monster dunk to push UM ahead 17-12, and they never looked back.

Miami used a 9-0 run over a 6-minute span in the first half to push their lead to as high as 14. The Canes led by as many as 15.

And a few key plays by freshman Davon Reed continued the domination as Miami went to intermission up 34-24.

Brown continued the hot shooting in the second, and Miami held a double figures lead most of the second stanza.

The Explorers did cut the lead to 7 on a Tyreek Dureen triple at the 2:11 mark of the second half, but the game was never in doubt.

Miami turned the ball over just 7 times on the day.  The Canes also shot an impressive 48% from the floor.

While LaSalle (6-6) may not be as formidable this season as last year's Sweet 16 club, today victory was a solid one for the 'Canes.

Next up Miami hosts Loyola Md (12/30 at the BUC 7PM) to close out 2013.

Come January they will need more sharp performances like today's, when they face the juggernaut that is the ACC.

La Salle Explorers
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Jerrell Wright, F 29 3-6 0-0 2-3 4 3 7 0 0 0 2 2 8
Steve Zack, C 35 5-10 0-0 1-2 4 7 11 1 0 1 1 2 11
Tyreek Duren, G 36 7-17 4-7 0-0 0 5 5 2 1 1 1 3 18
Sam Mills, G 34 6-14 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 1 0 15
D.J. Peterson, G 19 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Taylor Dunn, G 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyrone Garland, G 23 1-7 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 3
Khalid Lewis, G 14 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 2
Rohan Brown, G 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
23-60 7-18 5-9 14 21 35 9 4 2 10 17 58
38.3% 38.9% 55.6%
Miami (FL) Hurricanes
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Donnavan Kirk, F 35 4-9 0-2 1-2 4 5 9 0 0 4 1 2 9
James Kelly, F 20 4-7 1-1 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 1 2 1 10
Davon Reed, G 25 3-8 1-5 1-1 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 8
Garrius Adams, G 34 5-10 1-2 2-3 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 1 13
Rion Brown, G 33 6-12 1-5 4-6 4 5 9 4 1 0 2 0 17
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Tonye Jekiri, C 25 4-7 0-0 1-2 2 5 7 0 2 1 0 3 9
Manu Lecomte, G 28 2-6 0-1 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 3 5
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
28-59 4-16 11-18 15 25 40 13 7 6 7 12 71
47.5% 25.0% 61.1%

Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None - TEAMS: None
Officials: Bryan Kersey, Jamie Luckie, Gary Maxwell
Attendance: 4,837

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