BANKUNITED CENTER -- Want to get rid of your football blues? Hang out with me as the 22nd-ranked Canes host Stetson today and look to improve to 4-1 on the season. I'll be here to provide you with the highlights. Frank Haith's team is the best that UM now has. Might as well jump on the bandwagon.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS/THOUGHTS...
> Lance Hurdle has officially replaced Eddie Rios in the starting lineups. Today he gets his first start of the season. Rios started the first four games.
> When Miami comes back out of the timeout, Haith will switch five starters for five reserves. It's not because he's upset with their play. It's the depth of his team. Dwayne Collins has four early points to lead the Canes, who got a three-pointer from James Dews to take an 11-8 lead with 15:53 left in the half.
> The Canes hit a hold patch, going without a basketball for about four minutes. But Cyrus McGowan went on a personal 6-0 run to get the offense going, showing his range with a three-pointer and his strength with a dunk in the post. James Dews capped the 9-0 Canes run with a three-pointer with 11:17 left.
> Stetson trimmed UM's lead to 20-16 with a pair of Garfield Blair free throws. But Miami has responded with a 10-0 run behind two Eddie Rios three-pointers and a beautiful Rios to Collins assist for reverse slam dunk.
> HALFTIME NUMBERS -- UM is outrebounding the Hatters 19-14. Garfield Blair leads all scorers with 15 points. Cyrus McGowan has 9 points and James Dews had 8 for Miami, which led by as many 16 with 4:52 left in the half.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS/THOUGHTS...
> The Canes just haven't been able to really pull away from the Hatters this time around. Last year, Miami beat Stetson 89-53. Frank Haith talked about how this Stetson team was much improved and older and more experienced and you can see it. Senior Garfield Blair has 19 points to lead Stetson. Cyrus McGowan has 14 points to lead the Canes.
> Jack McCinton by the way was held scoreless in the first half. He took just two shots. He finally scored on a three-pointer with 17:35 left in the second half.