Got here a little early for the UM-St. John's game an BankUnited Center. Looks like Jack McClinton will play for the Canes tonight. He is in involved in warm-ups despite having his injured left thumb still wrapped. Good news for UM. St. John's has a very talented, young backcourt.
I'll be here for the duration of the game providing updates. If there is something you guys would like to talk about, feel free. I'm all ears.
- Canes start with Edwin Rios, James Dews, Brian Asbury, Jimmy Graham and Anthony King on the court. McClinton enters at the 16:18 mark with Lance Hurdle, Ray Hicks and Dwayne Collins. Dews was the only starter who remained in the game. His three-pointer with 16:33 to play gave Miami its first lead at 7-6.
- Some early observations: UM is getting killed inside. I'm not sure how many points St. John's has in the paint. But I don't think I've seen them hit anything from longer than 14-feet.
- McClinton made one heck of a pretty play on the break, dribbling the ball behind his back on the break and scoring on a pretty finger roll. Sweet move.
- Miami trailed 14-12 with 13:02 to play before going on a 9-0 run to grab the lead. First, Lance Hurdle hit a jumper from the wing, the Collins scored on a lay-in before McClinton had that pretty lay-up I told you about earlier. It was all capped with an Edwin Rios three-pointer at the 10:38 mark.
- Here's a great stat. Miami didn't pick up its first foul until Jimmy Graham was called for a push with 7:41 to play in the half. Amazing considering how both of these teams have been trying to score inside all game. St. John's had four fouls when UM picked up its first.
- Well, right when I throw Miami a compliment for playing foul free, they've picked up eight in the final 7:41 here in the half. After building a 29-19 lead with 5:23 to play, they've also gone scoreless. It looks to me like they are rushing far too many shots and not setting their feet. I'm sure Haith will inform them.
- Miami shot 37 percent in the first half and were outrebounded 23-16. St. John's outscored UM 16-8 in the paint.
- Miami has started the second half by going inside to their big man, King. He's scored five points in the early going to stake Miami to a 36-32 lead.
- Jimmy Graham appears to have tweaked his right foot when picked up his third foul with 15:32 to play. That's bad news for Miami because he is the team's defensive enforcer. Coaches are looking at it now.
- The momentum has clearly shifted in Miami's favor thanks to the play of Collins and King in the post. King has 11 points. Collins has 8. They are teamming up to control the middle with defense and get easier baskets. Miami settled for too many jumpers in the first half.