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Miami's big second half ensures win in home opener
By wire services
Published November 20, 2005
CORAL GABLES - Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite each scored a game-high 16 as Miami defeated Morgan State 83-51 on Saturday in the Hurricanes' regular-season home opener.
Anthony King added 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds for Miami (3-1). Timothy Berkley, Timothy Mathis and Andrew Lee each had 10 points for the Bears (0-4).
Hite was 7 of 11 and had 13 second-half points. Diaz made 6 of 10 and scored 11 in the second half as the Hurricanes outscored Morgan State 47-25 in the half to extend a 36-26 lead at halftime.
Two steals by Hite helped spark big runs.
Early in the second half, Hite stole the ball from Andrew Lee, dribbled it down the court and dunked to spark an 8-0 run that gave Miami a 46-26 lead with 16:59 remaining.
Hite then stole the ball from Joseph McLean with 9:52 left and dribbled down for a fastbreak dunk to give the Hurricanes a 59-40 lead.
HOFSTRA 64, FIU 51: Antoine Aguido had 17 points to lead the host Pride (1-0). Ivan Almonte had 18 points and 10 rebounds, but also committed 10 turnovers for the Golden Panthers (0-1).
ECKERD 87, PUERTO RICO-CAYEY 60: The Tritons kept their win streak alive (3-0), beating the Bulls at Boca Raton for the second time this season. Eckerd held a substantial lead the entire game. Junior guard Matt Cenatus led with 20 points that included four 3-pointers. Senior guard Steve Berg added 12 points as part of a Triton bench that scored 52.
FAMU 68, CLEVELAND ST. 66: Tony Tate scored 25 and made all eight of his free throws during the final 3:02 for the visiting Rattlers (1-0). Brian Greene added 16 for Florida A&M but missed two free throws with 21 seconds left. The Vikings' Steve Gansey missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left and Greene got the rebound as time expired.
TAMPA 89, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 66: Chris King scored 18 and Mark Borders 16 as the Spartans won their home opener.
DELAWARE 67, STETSON 64: Harding Nana had 24 points and 16 rebounds to help the Blue Hens rally from a 12-point second-half deficit in the Hispanic College Fund Classic at Raleigh, N.C. Calvin Cannon added 13 points for the Blue Hens. E.J. Gordon had 13 points for the Hatters, who lost to the Wolfpack on Friday.
CINCY 79, MURRAY ST. 75 (OT) James White led a last-minute comeback that sent it to overtime, and the Bearcats pulled away in their first game since Bob Huggins was ousted as coach. In danger of losing the home opener for the first time in 40 years, White made a three-point play with 45 seconds to go, then stripped Trey Pearson for a tying layup with 5.8 seconds left as Murray State (0-1) failed to run down the clock. White's bank shot opened overtime and gave Cincinnati (1-0) its first lead since the 13:33 mark of the second half. He finished with a game-high 18 points. ... Bearcats senior point guard Chadd Moore will be suspended for the first five games because he played in a summer league without permission. Moore left the team last season because of chronic back problems but was allowed to keep his scholarship because of the medical hardship.
UNC 83, GARDNER-WEBB 80: David Noel made a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left for the host Tar Heels. Ricky McPhee launched a 3 from well behind the line that rattled in with 11 seconds left to tie it at 70. North Carolina quickly raced up the court. Noel got open at the top of the key, and his shot bounced around the rim before falling. With no timeouts, the Runnin' Bulldogs had a last chance, but Chris Gash's halfcourt shot was well off the mark.
N.C. STATE 91, CITADEL 59: Engin Atsur scored 18 to lead the host Wolfpack in the Hispanic College Fund Classic. Freshman Ben McCauley added 13 and was one of five players in double figures for North Carolina State (2-0).
MISS. ST. 64, CHATTANOOGA 48: Dietric Slater scored a career-high 20 and Jamall Edmondson had 13 for the host Bulldogs in the season opener for both schools. Edmondson made a jumper in the key to end the first half and give Mississippi State a 32-26 halftime lead after the Bulldogs trailed midway through the opening period.
NEW MEXICO 95, MISS. 42: Mark Walters scored 15 of his 17 in the first half for the host Lobos at the Jim Thorpe Classic. New Mexico (2-0) used an 18-2 run to take a 31-13 lead, then closed out the first half with a 13-0 to lead 44-15. The loss was the worst for Mississippi (1-1) since 1991, when the Rebels lost to Georgia 117-62.
PENN ST. 66, CORNELL 54: Mike Walker sparked a second-half run with two 3-pointers and Ben Luber had 17 points and six assists as the host Nittany Lions overcame early cold shooting. Down 42-34 early in the second half, Penn State (1-0) rallied with better defense.
NEBRASKA 73, YALE 64: Wes Wilkinson came off the bench and scored 14 points to lead the host Cornhuskers in the John Thompson Basketball Challenge. Nebraska (2-0) held Yale to seven points in the final 61/2 minutes.
SETON HALL 75, MARIST 72: Carl Marshall made a 3-pointer with 2:09 remaining for the go-ahead basket and Donald Copeland scored 22 for the host Pirates. Marist had a chance to force overtime, but Will Whittington's 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left bounced off the back of the rim.
SANTA CLARA 97, CAL STATE STANISLAUS 53: Brandon Rohe triggered a 10-0 first-half run with a pair of 3-pointers for the host Broncos. The Warriors missed their first 11 shots but trailed 19-17 before the run.