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College basketball

Late run helps UM squeeze Temple

By Associated Press
Published December 21, 2003

MIAMI - Darius Rice scored 25 to lead Miami to a 72-66 victory against Temple on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Rice made a season-high five 3-pointers and added five rebounds and three assists. His last assist led to Gary Hamilton's layup that helped seal it with about a minute to play.

Hamilton's bucket made it 68-64, then Eric Wilkins got a steal and made a free throw to push the lead to five with 44 seconds left.

The Hurricanes scored 10 of the game's final 12 after the Owls led 64-62 with less than two minutes to go. Miami has won four of its past five.

Temple led 22-14 late in the first half before Rice sparked a 13-4 Miami run. He hit two 3-pointers to help the Hurricanes cut the lead to 30-29 at halftime.

Rice finished 5-of-9 from 3-point range and 9-of-16 from the floor. Robert Hite added 15 points, and Guillermo Diaz had 10 off the bench.

David Hawkins led the Owls with 28 points and seven rebounds. But he was 1-of-6 from the 3-point line. Temple finished 5-of-23 from beyond the arc.

JAMES MADISON 73, FAU 70: Dwayne Broyles scored seven of his game-high 26 in the final 2:25, leading the visiting Dukes on a game-ending 16-2 run.

Ray Barbosa had 17 of his 21 points after halftime for James Madison, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Mike Bell had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Owls.

Florida Atlantic had its biggest lead, 68-57, with 5:12 left after Jimmy Bishop converted a 3-point play. The Owls missed all four of their shots and had five turnovers in the final five minutes, giving the Dukes a chance to rally.

Broyles hit a pair of free throws with 2:25 left to cut the lead to 69-65, and after a turnover Ray Barbosa connected from 3-point range with 1:58 left, trimming the deficit to 69-68.

Kahleaf Watson made one free throw with 1:05 remaining to push Florida Atlantic's lead back to 70-68, but Broyles made a 3-pointer 12 seconds later and gave the Dukes the lead for good.

Former Lakewood standout Earnest Crumbley had 11 points for Florida Atlantic, which missed all nine of its tries from 3-point range in the second half and shot only 50 percent from the free throw line in the game (9-for-18).

James Madison missed one of its 20 free throws.

SOUTHERN 71, FLORIDA A&M 69: Timothy Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds, helping the Jaguars snap a four-game road losing streak.

The teams traded the lead 12 times and were tied five others, including at 66 with 1:12 remaining. Deon Sanders' dunk put Southern ahead by two. After Demarcus Wilkins missed a 3-pointer on the Rattlers' next possession, Trayvean Scott hit a 3-pointer for the Jaguars with 15.3 seconds left to seal it.

Jerimie Collier had 16 points and Scott added 12 for Southern, which outrebounded Florida A&M 46-31.

Terrence Woods had a game-high 24 points, including six 3-pointers, for the Rattlers. Wilkins and Michael Harper each scored 12. Wilkins added a game-high seven assists.

COLO. ST. 79, STETSON 70: Reserve center Matt Nelson scored 25 for the host Rams.

Nelson was 6-of-8 from the floor and made all 13 of his free throws, breaking the 20-point mark for the 20th time in his college career.

E.J. Gordon scored 27 of his career-high 31 in the second half for Stetson, which allowed Colorado State to shoot 52.3 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 41-27.

Gordon had team highs of seven rebounds and six steals while shooting 11-of-28.

ECKERD 77, UNC PEMBROKE 64: Marcus Bryant scored a game-high 25 for the Tritons at the AASU Christmas Classic in Savannah, Ga. Bryant was 9-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line. Sharrod McCree added 12 points.

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