Mocs Give Miami A Scare Before 'Canes Rally To Win Exhibition
For 30 minutes the Moccasins gave Miami all it wanted and more, but a cold shooting spell in the final 10 minutes allowed the Hurricanes to overcome a 10-point deficit and win Thursday night's exhibition game, 88-78, at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
After leading 38-33 at halftime, the Moccasins built a 67-57 advantage with 9:50 remaining. From that point, however, the game turned completely around. The Moccasins went cold from the field, hitting just three of their final 12 shots and missing five of 10 free throws, and committed five turnovers. During the same stretch Miami got hot, connecting on 10 of 13 from the field, making eight of 10 from the line and committing just one turnover to outscore the Moccasins 31-11 in the final 10 minutes. Miami's Garrius Adams hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 70-70 with 5:40 left, then Rion Brown hit a jumper and a free throw at the 5:05 mark to put the Hurricanes ahead 73-70, a lead they held the rest of the game.
In the first half, Seth Evans' three-pointer had put the Moccasins on top, 18-16, with 9:49 to go and they built a 26-17 advantage with 7:51 left on Kevin Capers three-pointer, only to see the Hurricanes go on an 11-2 run to tie it at 28-28 at the 5:26 mark. Garrett Putman's jumper re-gained the lead for the Moccasins at 34-33 with 2:28 remaining, then Dominic Lane and Putman each hit a pair of free throws in the final two minutes to give the Moccasins their 38-33 halftime margin.
Freshman Cameron Vines gave the Moccasins an impressive performance, coming off the bench to score a team-high 19 points in 20 minutes of playing time. He was seven of 11 from the field. Kevin Capers, another freshman, had 13 points, including nine of 12 from the free throw line. Lane also had 13 points, going five for five from the line, and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Brett Bailey added 10 points.
Miami was led by Malcolm Grant, who had 26 points, and Durand Scott, who had 23.
The Moccasins shot 42.6% from the field (26-61), while Miami shot 52.8% (28-53). From three-point range the Moccasins were seven of 23 and the Hurricanes were five of nine. FSC connected on 17 of 24 from the free throw line and the Hurricanes were 27 of 37.
The Moccasins open their regular season Nov. 16 at The Lakeland Center with a 7 p.m. game against South Florida.