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Courtside blog: UM 55, Morgan State 51 (F)

I'm here at BankUnited Center to take in the men's basketball game against Morgan State. Susan Miller Degnan is up in Boston for UM-BC. I'll take you through the basketball game with updates, you tell me what's going on with the football team.

From what I saw on TV, it looks like the football team isn't going down without a fight. Your thoughts on that are appreciated.

As for the basketball team, no Jack McClinton today. He's wearing a soft cast on his left wrist. Sports Information Director Margaret Belch told me McClinton is day to day. He injured his thumb in Puerto Rico in the final against Providence. We'll see how serious it is. It moves Edwin Rios into the starting lineup.

FIRST HALF...
- Morgan State nearly upset UConn on the road in the season opener. But so far, the Bears don't look like anything special -- lots of turnovers, missed shots.
- Rios' three-pointer with 16:15 to go made it 9-0 and followed up a three by James Dews.
- Looks like I spoke to soon about the Bears. They've started picking UM apart. And the loss of McClinton has hurt the Canes because they don't have a go-to scorer. Anthony King is set to return to the lineup though after this break. Let's see how he does.
- Canes battle back and take a 20-18 lead on a King jumper and a three-pointer by Lance Hurdle.
- A 305 connection -- Rios (Miami High grad) goes up top to Brian Asbury (South Miami) for the alley-oop slam dunk at the 7:19 minute mark. UM leads 22-20.
- Canes go into the break down a basket. It's been a tough first half without McClinton. They need to get Dews more involved.
- Canes shoot 35 percent in the first half and are outrebounded 24-14. Marquise Kately has been killing UM in the paint. He's got 14 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes.

SECOND HALF...
- Kately has continued to kill UM on the boards here in the early going of the second half. His putback broke a 30-30 tie and put the Bears back in front at the 17:01 mark.
- The free throw shooting in this game has been attrocious. Jimmy Graham just missed two. UM was 2 of 7 at halftime and is now 3 of 11 for the game. Yikes! Canes trail 38-33 with 12:47 left.
- Miami is in a slugfest. The most disappointing aspect to this game has been the rebounding. UM has been getting killed on the boards and Morgan State has definitely taken advantage of its second chance opportunities.
- Miami falls behind 48-41 -- its biggest deficit of the game -- at the 7:46 mark when Jamar Smith hits a three-point shot. The story of this game has been inability to beat Morgan State on the boards. Both teams are not shooting the ball great. Miami needed to win on the boards and hasn't.
- And just when you think Morgan State is going to run away with it late, UM turns up its defensive pressure. A steal by Eddie Rios and Brian Asbury on back-to-back possessions lead to fast break scores and UM regains the lead with 2:31 to play at 52-51.
- Morgan State went to Jamar Smith out of the time out and he missed a fade away. Jimmy Graham grabbed the board for UM and now the Canes have possession, looking to ice this game.
- After the Bears miss the back-to-back front ends of a one-and-one, Miami gets a free throw from Brian Asbury with 20.5 seconds to play. UM now has to play defense to hold on for the win.
- The Canes finish. Lance Hurdle's free throws with 5.1 seconds left ices the game for UM.

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