Dec. 27, 2003
CORAL GABLES, FL -- Florida Atlantic University was held to a season-low 29 percent shooting as the University of Miami cruised to a 76-51 victory Saturday night at the Convocation Center in Coral Gables. Robert Hite led the Hurricanes with 26 points while Pierre Tucker led FAU with 11. Jeff Hamilton finished the night with 10 points.
FAU (4-4) never led as Miami (8-3) jumped out to a 24-11 lead at the 8:40 mark of the first half. A three-pointer by Tucker with 2:08 left in the half capped off a 15-5 FAU run and drew the Owls to within 29-26. That's as close as FAU would get as Miami scored the last four points of the half to lead 33-26 at the break.
In the first half, two of the top scorers coming into the night were held scoreless. Miami's Darius Rice and FAU's Earnest Crumbley both were held without points through the first 20 minutes of play. Rice would end up with nine points, and Crumbley's eight points all came in the final eight minutes of the game.
FAU's Mike Bell, who came into the game averaging 22 points, was held to a season-low seven points, including just one point in the second half.
UM shot 47 percent and outrebounded FAU 45-41. The Owls did force 21 Hurricane turnovers while giving the ball up 20 times.
FAU's frustration from the field was equal in both halves the Hurricanes held the Owls to 29 percent shooting in both frames.
"(Miami) played intense defense," said FAU head coach Sidney Green. "They took us out of our plays, and we couldn't adjust."
UM's largest lead was 28 when it led 76-48 with 23 seconds left in the game.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Mary Washington College Monday night at 7:00pm in its final non-conference game of the season.