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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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Big win for the 'Canes. Morgan State is good. Especially w/out McClinton. Important for him to come back though. At least before they play Miss St.

Re: Football, I cannot watch anymore. I was counting, and the name Doug Flutie has been said 37 times (10 min 4th qtr). These announcers suck. Why don't they show a highlight of James Jackson and Kenny Kelly leading a 28 point comeback in '99, or Ed Reids fumble return in '01.

unbelievable...replay of the oklahoma and va tech games...folding in the 4th quarter under pressure

I HATE THIS SEASON I CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT FALL BECAUSE THIS SEASON IS DEPRESSING.

ALMOST PICKED OFF

HOLDING

good riddance, Kyle Wrong ... take your prep accolades ... and go F yourself!

ok....... Miami-Dade County is now on suicide watch! BC did what they were supposed to do. They picked on the weak link of the defense all day (Chavez Grant). And they put us away on the a touchdown pass covered by a true freshman... Give them credit... But freshmen grow up and we will be back.

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I am glad it is over....I could not stand to watch another game....There were 4 and 1 and only won just one more game. If I have to watch that Flutie pass one more time I am going to puke.

Those kids better be working out on their own like the guys in 2001 did...they have a lot of work to do.

I feel bad for Kyle Wright. I thought he had a great game today. The overwhelming majority of his incompletions were passes that bounced right off the hands of the recievers. I thought Kyle did everything he needed to win today (one bad INT at the end of the first half was the only real miscue on his part). The defense and wide recievers once again gave this game away.

DIDNT RUN THE BALL WELL ENOUGH TO WIN, DIDNT TOTALLY SHUT DOWN THE BC RUNNING GAME, DIDNT MAKE THEIR OFFENSE WORK THE WHOLE FIELD, DIDNT PLAY A FULL 4 QUARTERS, AND SURELY DIDNT PROVIDE A LOT OF PROTECTION FOR KYLE WRIGHT...OFFENSIVE LINE HAD A HORRIBLE DAY AND THE DEFENSE PLAYED WELL ENOUGH TO WIN OUTSIDE OF A 5 MINUTE SPAN IN THE 4TH QUARTER...SAD DAY FOR HURRICANE FANS...BUT I STICK BY THIS TEAM...THEY WILL BE BACK AND WILL BE BETTER AND WILL REMEMBER THIS SEASON AND WONT LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN. I JUST HOPE CAMPBELL, MONCOUR, AND K PHILLIPS COME BACK FOR SENIOR YEARS. I ALSO HOPE C JONES, ROMEO DAVIS, G COOK, AND A REDDICK ALL COME BACK FROM SEASON LONG INJURIES AND HLEP LEAD THIS TEAM NEXT YEAR. GO CANES FOREVER.

All Cane Fans,

I told you in August you wouldn't make a bowl! Ha Ha 12-12 the last 2 seasons UM is average and doesn't matter in college football. And #81 Campbell is a turd!!!

The suffering is over...the body is cold!

Larry Coker never lost 7 games in a season as Randy "The Savior" did this year.

The positives are no more Lance Legget, Willie Cooper, Kirby Freeman (I hope) playing for the U. Also hopefully last time we see any one of these coordinators (OC, DC, ST), but still have faith in Randy Shannon.

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