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Courtside blog: UM 96, Florida So. 60 (F)

BANKUNITED CENTER -- Here at the BUC for the start of the season for Frank Haith's 17th-ranked basketball team. I'll provide you with highlights and thoughts as this one rolls along...

> The first surprise of the night: Cyrus McGowan gets the start in the post in front of Jimmy Graham, who was penciled in as the starter. Haith has always liked using Graham as his sixth man because of the energy and scoring he brings to the floor. Graham did exactly what Haith wanted him to do after UM got off to a sluggish start, he put the Canes in front 6-5 with 16:32 to play with short jump hook.

> So far, the crowd looks pretty good for a game against a Division II opponent -- well, at least better than last year's.

> Freshman De'Quan Jones made his collegiate debut with 14:49 and got his hands on the ball quickly. He then promptly overthrew Dwayne Collins, who had position in the post. Looked like nerves for DJ, who is obviously pumped up for the game. Jones followed up his first turnover with another when he dribbled the ball off his leg. He followed it up with an air ball.

> Well, it definitely looks like a season opener. Miami is playing without starting point guard Lance Hurdle (his high ankle sprain still hasn't healed) and has been sloppy with the ball. So far in the first eight minutes, UM has five turnovers. This is what Haith was most unhappy with in the preseason.

> Well, so much for those early struggles. The Canes have gone on a 17-2 run since McGowan's offensive rebounding got UM rolling. McGowan hit a three during the run and provided a ton of energy on both sides of the court. He's impressed me most of all the newcomers so far.

> Here are some halftime numbers: Dwayne Collins leads the Canes with 10 points and 8 boards. Eddie Ros has played well. He's got 8 points, 2 assists and 1 turnover. Miami has 11 turnovers in all.