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Miami sinks Southern Miss

Nov 22, 2008 - 4:21 AM ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (Ticker) -- Dwayne Collins scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead No. 16 Miami to a 70-60 victory over Southern Mississippi on Friday at the Paradise Jam.

Jack McClinton and Lance Hurdle added 13 points apiece for the Hurricanes (2-0), who raced to a 36-24 halftime lead in handing the Golden Eagles (2-1) their first loss.

Miami advanced to Sunday's semifinals and will face No. 2 Connecticut, an 89-81 winner over La Salle.

Jeremy Wise, who entered the contest averaging 24.5 points, scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting to pace Southern Miss.

The Hurricanes ended the first half with a 10-0 run in the final 1:48, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from McClinton and Hurdle to take a double-digit lead into the locker room.

Southern Miss chipped away at the deficit and closed to 41-37 on a three-point play by Cory Smith with 14:37 to play. Wise had six points in the spurt.

However, Miami answered by rattling off the next seven points and held a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Hurdle's 3-pointer with 4:43 gave the Hurricanes their biggest margin at 65-49.

Making his debut after missing the Hurricanes' opener with a high ankle sprain, Hurdle went 3-of-5 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers to spark his team.

Collins did the majority of his damage at the free-throw line, converting 8-of-10. He fell one rebound shy of his second straight double-double.

McClinton, who averaged 17.7 points last season, went 2-of-6 on 3-pointers but committed five of Miami's 13 turnovers.

The Hurricanes will need another game with a low turnover total when they face Connecticut, which has won four of its previous six meetings with the former Big East school.

Courtney Beasley scored 14 points and Corey Smith added 10 for Southern Miss, which will face La Salle on Saturday.








  • PARADISE JAM
    AT US VIRGIN ISLANDS
    NCAA BB PARADISE JAM
    FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
    --- --- -----
    SOUTHERN MISS 24 36 60
    MIAMI FL (16) 36 34 70 FINAL

    Nov 21 3:00 PM


  • PARADISE JAM
    AT US VIRGIN ISLANDS
    NCAA BB SOUTHERN MISS 24
    (16) MIAMI FL 36 HALFTIME

    Nov 21 1:44 PM