Hot Shooting Miami Downs UMass 80-53
Dec. 12, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Guillermo Diaz scored a game-high 20 points and Anthony Harris keyed a decisive second-half run to lead Miami to an 80-53 win over Massachusetts on Sunday.
It was the fourth consecutive win for Miami (5-2).
The Hurricanes went into halftime up 37-22, and opened the second half with an 18-2 run, including seven points from Harris.
Miami took a 31-point lead on a 3-pointer from Robert Hite that made it 55-24 with 13:42 remaining. Massachusetts never got closer than 22 points to Miami's lead after that.
Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) scored 16 points for Massachusetts (3-3) in the loss. Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) added 12 points and three steals for the Minutemen, who were coming off a 61-59 win over then-No. 7 Connecticut.
Miami's starting guard trio of Diaz, Harris and Hite combined for 54 points,connecting on 13-of-20 3-pointers. The Hurricanes shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from 3-point range, and outrebounded the Minutemen 40-26.
Miami went the first 3:02 without a basket and fell behind 8-3, but the Hurricanes mounted a 10-0 run behind five points from Diaz, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half.
"Miami played a great game today. When someone shoots the ball that well, it's difficult to win, especially on the road," said head coach Steve Lappas. "They obviously did a good job scouting us. They got open looks in transition early in the game before getting comfortable with their midcourt offense."
"This was a disapointment for us because of the way we lost. Miami's three guards are some of the best you will see anywhere - truly ACC-caliber guards," said Lappas. "We didn't shoot well, particularly in the first half,and I'm a bit concerned with the way we've been shooting the ball."
Fans are reminded to join Lappas, UMass announcer Bob Behler and selected players on Monday night at the UMass Coaches Show on Monday night at La Cuchina di Pinocchios.
The Minutemen will break for the upcoming exam week at UMass before taking on Davidson next Sunday in the Mullins Center. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.