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Courtside blog: UM 104, Florida So. 61 (F)

I wasn't going to blog live during basketball games. But I've decided to do it anyway when I have the time. Tonight, as the game progresses, I'll provide updates and highlights here for you to check out. Give me your thoughts as you listen to the game at home on 560 WQAM or watch on the internet at ACC Select. Let's have some fun.

Starting lineup for the Canes: Guards - Jack McClinton, Lance Hurdle. Forwards - Brian Asbury, Jimmy Graham. Center - Anthony King.
Starting lineup for the Moccassins: Guards - Brandon Jenkins, Braxton Williams and Rob Eldridge; Forwards - Zach Smith and Will Graham.
- Didn't even realize this until now. This game actually is a preseason game for Florida Southern, a Division II school. According to NCAA rules, the game will not count because D-II schools aren't allowed to play regular season games until Nov. 15.

FIRST HALF...
- Miami wins the tip and point guard Lance Hurdle's first pass ends up being stolen and taken in for a quick bucket.
- After the score is tied 4-4 early, UM goes on a 9-2 run behind eight points from Brian Asbury in the early going. Asbury is 4-of-4 from the field.
- At the 16 minute mark, coach Frank Haith goes to his bench, bringing in James Dews, Ray Hicks, Edwin Rios and Dwayne Collins. Adrian Thomas follows shortly after. Looks like Haith wants to get his full 10-man rotation in early. This is typical Haith. Problem was last year he didn't have 10 guys to rotate in.
- At the 13:47 mark, Haith leaves McClinton in to run the point. UM goes on a 6-0 run and McClinton makes a nice pass to Jimmy Graham inside for an easy lay-in. McClinton at 6-1 is a guy who is going to have to learn the point if he wants to make the NBA. So far, so good. Both Rios and Hurdle, by the way, had a turnover on their first times out on the court running the point.
- At the 7:37 mark, Dwayne Collins brings the funk, spinning and the dunking on FSC.
- James Dews just had himself a nice little run with a 3-point basket, then on the other side of the floor, he stole the ball away and had a pretty layup in traffic.
- Collins later picks himself up another dunk, this one on a putback slam on an Anthony King miss. I know this is against a DIvision II team, but Collins' athletic ability is still something rarely seen at UM for a big man. And it is pretty. Collins eventually leaves the game when he picks up his second foul on what was ruled a charge.
- Jimmy Graham picks up his second foul of the game setting a screen at the 2:05 mark.
- James Dews continues to impress here, hitting another three-pointer. He's got 11 points now to lead the team.
- Wow. Nice surprise. A number of big-time former Hurricanes are about to go on the floor at halftime to be honored. Among those on the floor: Andre Johnson, Gino Torretta, Bennie Blades -- and a bunch of other guys will be at the OB tomorrow for the final game.
- And the half ends on an Edwin Rios three-pointer...

SECOND HALF...
- Jack McClinton has started to get rolling here in the second half, opening with a pair of three-point shots. He's got 13 points with 16:15 left.
- I'm not keeping up with as much of the game here on play-by-play, but two guys I keep noticing over and over again are James Dews and Adrian Thomas. It's not just the fact they're scoring -- Dews has 13 and Thomas has 11 -- its the fact they're making plays in all facets of the game. Defense, boards, steals. If these two guys can play like this all season, this UM team can be top 6 in the ACC like Haith believes they can.

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