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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Highlights Vs Rutgers, Notes

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NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it, UM Hoops ended a two game losing streak last night with a solid if not always spectacular 73-61 win over previously undefeated Rutgers.

Here’s what you need to know.....

The Good:

  • Dewan Huell was sensational finishing at the rim. In his first career start, the former McDonald’s All-American finished with 14 points and 7 boards.
  • Davon Reed got back to his efficient ways, pouring in 18 points on 6-10 shooting.
  • Freshman G Bruce Brown had another solid effort with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Brown’s all around game has been a very big bright spot thus far.
  • The ‘Canes out rebounded the Scarlet Knights 44-30. One of Rutgers strengths on the season was supposed to be inside play. So this is very encouraging.
  • Miami did a great job getting to the rim. Ja’Quan Newton was, well Ja’Quan Newton. Reed, Brown, Huell and Co slashed all night long as well.

The Bad:

  • The Hurricanes had just 9 assists and 19 turnovers. That will have to get better come ACC play.
  • UM held huge leads at multiple points of the game, but repeatedly let Rutgers back in the game with mental lapses and stretches of poor play.
  • Miami was just 3-12 from deep. It is good they did not settle for more outside shots, but after Reed knocked down his first two triples of the game (in the opening moments of the contest) UM did not have a sharpshooting night.

What’s Next:

Three very winnable games starting Saturday Vs Wofford, and then following up 12/6 against South Carolina State and 12/16 Vs FAU.

UM’s next big challenge will be 12/22 Vs a sneaky good George Washington program.

The Highlights:

Additional News/Notes (Courtesy UM):

  • Starters: G Ja’Quan Newton, G Bruce Brown, G Davon Reed, F Kamari Murphy, F Dewan Huell
  • Making his first career start for the Hurricanes, freshman forward Dewan Huell finished the night with 14 points, seven rebounds (five offensively), two steals and a block.
  • Senior guard Davon Reed led the way for the Hurricanes with both a team and season high 18 points, while grabbing six rebounds, dishing out three assists and recording a steal.
  • Sophomore forward Ebuka Izundu set a career high with three blocks, rejecting all three in the opening half.
  • In the opening half, the Hurricanes shot 84.6 percent (11-13) from the free throw line while shooting 10-22 (45.5%) from the field. On the defensive side of the court, Miami blocked five shots and forced the Scarlet Knights to shoot 31.3 percent (10-32) from the field and zero percent (0-6) from beyond the arc.
  • Reed opened the game with two consecutive threes and finished the first half with six points, while grabbing a team-high five rebounds. Sophomores Ja’Quan Newton and Anthony Lawrence Jr. led the team in first-half scoring with seven points apiece.
  • In his third career start and second consecutively, freshman guard Bruce Brown finished the first half with five points and four rebounds, solidifying his seventh game in a row to record four or more in a game. In the second half Brown grabbed five more boards to give him a career-high nine rebounds, while also scoring 11 total points.
  • Cutting the lead within four to start the second half, the Hurricanes went on 17-0 run, lasting
  • Rutgers missed their first nine 3-pointers to start the game before hitting two consecutive at the
  • UM finished the night shooting 48.1 percent (26-54) from the field and 81.8 percent (18-22) from the free-throw line, while holding RU to shoot 36.5 percent (23-63) from the field and 18.8 percent (3-16) from beyond the arc.
  • The Hurricanes outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 44-30 overall and 15-13 offensively. Rutgers entered the game ranked number one in offensive rebounding, according to KenPom.
  • Following the win, Miami leads the all-time series over Rutgers, 10-5 and are now 6-0 at home against the Scarlet Knights.
  • Miami has now won three consecutive games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the first time in the 10-year history, while improving to 4-1 at home and 5-5 overall.

Through 11 games the ACC leads the B1G in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, 7-4.