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Canes Bury Gophers In Battle of Top 15 Teams

Canes Hoops got a HUGE road win on Wednesday night

NCAA Basketball: Miami at Minnesota
Hurricanes guard Ja'Quan Newton (0) and guard Bruce Brown Jr. (11) celebrate in the second half against the Minnesota Gophers at Williams Arena.
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Winning on the road is never easy. Winning at the 12th best team’s in the nation’s gym is even harder. But when you have Bruce Brown, it’s slightly easier.

Brown had 16 points in the loud Williams Arena. Even a casual observer may refer to the atmosphere as “hype.” But “hype” is something Brown “doesn't get involved in” according to Head Coach Jim Larranaga before the season. It still holds true now. Brown seems to be best when the lights are the brightest.

But Brown wasn't the only great player tonight. Post player Dewan Huell was the leading scorer with 23. This was a new high for him, beating his previous high of 18 against La Salle. Each time the Gophers seemed to be gaining ground, Huell would leap from the ground to quiet the crowd.

Interesting tidbits from tonight’s action

  • The Canes struggles from the free throw line continue, as they finished just 6-of-11 from the stripe. Miami is second-to-last in D1 in free throw percentage
  • Many eyes have been on Ja’Quan Newton this season, who had dealt with challenges such as injuries and suspensions in seasons past. People are looking for senior leadership from a player on a relatively inexperienced team. Tonight he showed what he was capable of by having nine assists with just one turnover.
  • With Notre Dame at Michigan State still to be played tomorrow night, the ACC holds a commanding 11-2 lead over the Big Ten in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. The ACC increased its lead as Duke held off Indiana in Bloomington and North Carolina took care of business with Michigan.
  • Miami overcame tough odds tonight according to ESPN. The network, known for the love it shows the Canes (not), predicted that the Gophers had just below a 70 percent chance of winning tonight’s game, a stat that peaked at just below 80 percent as the Minnesota took a six point lead late in the first half. So much for that!

Miami improves to 6-0 and plays Princeton at home on Saturday