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Huell scores 21 as No. 15 Miami tops Middle Tennessee 84-81

HONOLULU (AP) A little rest went a long way for No. 15 Miami.

Dewan Huell scored 21 points, Bruce Brown Jr. had a season-high 20 and the Hurricanes beat Middle Tennessee 84-81 in the Diamond Head Classic on Monday night.

DJ Vasiljevic added 13 points, helping Miami rebound from its first loss of the season to New Mexico State in Saturday's semifinals. It finished third in the eight-team tournament.

The 6-foot-11 Huell was 7 for 8 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line in Miami's third game in four days. The sophomore forward was named to the all-tournament team.

Miami shot 60 percent (30 of 50) from the field after shooting a season-worst 34 percent in the loss to the Aggies.

''It wasn't so much preparation for Middle Tennessee, as it was rest,'' Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said.

''We didn't do our practice. I think the mistake that I made playing (twice) in 24 hours, I didn't rest the guys. We actually went and practiced because we knew New Mexico State did a lot of things that we needed to prepare for and that was bad preparation, (but) we should have just let our guys execute the fundamentals the way we play and that was my mistake. I didn't want to make that same mistake again.''

Nick King led Middle Tennessee (8-4) with 28 points. Antwain Johnson and Brandon Walters had 12 points apiece.

''I thought we played really well offensively, but the way the game is being called you have to have rim protectors and we don't have that, especially after Brandon Walters fouled out. That made it really tough against a big team like Miami,'' Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis said.

The Blue Raiders led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Hurricanes went ahead to stay on a straightaway 3-pointer by Anthony Lawrence II with 3:19 left in the game.

Brown scored 14 points in the second half. He was 8 for 16 from the field on the night and also had six rebounds and three assists.

Huell reflected back to last season for some extra motivation.

''Last year, at around this same time, we lost two games back to back in a tournament and we knew how that felt and we did not want the same results here going into ACC play,'' Huell said.

There were eight ties and nine lead changes in the first meeting between the teams.

BIG PICTURE

Middle Tennessee: It was the sixth time this season that the Blue Raiders faced an opponent that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. It posted wins over Florida Gulf Coast (twice), Vanderbilt and Princeton, but lost to Southern California.

Miami: The Hurricanes entered with the second-best mark nationally in both scoring defense (57 points per game) and opponent field-goal percentage (35.3 percent), as well as the third-best mark in opponent 3-point shooting (26.6 percent). The Blue Raiders shot 51.9 percent from the field and 46.7 from 3-point range.

INJURY SCARE

Miami freshman Lonnie Walker IV went down late in the first half with an apparent left knee injury. Walker was tended to by an athletic trainer on the court and walked off under his own power. The guard remained in uniform on the bench in the second half, but did not return to the court.

UP NEXT

Middle Tennessee: Takes on UAB on Saturday before beginning Conference USA play at FIU on Jan. 4.

Miami: Visits Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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Key Players
N. King
B. Brown Jr.
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
10.9 Pts. Per Game 10.9
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
52.8 Field Goal % 44.0
40.6 Three Point % 21.4
80.8 Free Throw % 61.5
+ 3 Nick King made 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 2 Dewan Huell made dunk, assist by Anthony Lawrence II 5.0
+ 3 Giddy Potts made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ed Simpson 8.0
  Offensive rebound by Middle Tennessee 11.0
  Antwain Johnson missed layup, blocked by Anthony Lawrence II 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Nick King 17.0
  Bruce Brown Jr. missed free throw 13.0
  Shooting foul on Ed Simpson 15.0
+ 2 Bruce Brown Jr. made driving layup, assist by Anthony Lawrence II 15.0
+ 1 Nick King made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Nick King made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
Team Stats
Points 81 84
Field Goals 27-52 (51.9%) 30-50 (60.0%)
3-Pointers 7-15 (46.7%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 20-24 (83.3%) 17-25 (68.0%)
Total Rebounds 26 25
Offensive 6 6
Defensive 17 16
Team 3 3
Assists 15 14
Steals 2 5
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 26 20
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 3 REB
12T
away team logo Middle Tenn. 8-4 295281
home team logo 6 Miami (Fla.) 11-1 345084
Team Stats
away team logo Middle Tenn. 8-4 66.9 PPG 41.5 RPG 11.0 APG
home team logo 6 Miami (Fla.) 11-1 71.8 PPG 35.8 RPG 12.9 APG
Key Players
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N. King F PPG RPG APG FG%
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D. Huell F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
N. King F 28 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
D. Huell F 21 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
51.9 FG% 60.0
46.7 3PT FG% 38.9
83.3 FT% 68.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. King 28 8 3 9/15 2/3 8/10 4 38 0 0 3 3 5
G. Potts 12 4 1 4/10 4/5 0/0 3 36 0 0 3 1 3
K. Gamble 9 2 0 3/4 0/1 3/5 0 23 0 0 0 1 1
E. Simpson 2 4 3 1/4 0/2 0/0 4 31 0 0 1 0 4
T. Dixon 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. King 28 8 3 9/15 2/3 8/10 4 38 0 0 3 3 5
G. Potts 12 4 1 4/10 4/5 0/0 3 36 0 0 3 1 3
K. Gamble 9 2 0 3/4 0/1 3/5 0 23 0 0 0 1 1
E. Simpson 2 4 3 1/4 0/2 0/0 4 31 0 0 1 0 4
T. Dixon 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Johnson 16 1 4 5/10 1/2 5/5 4 23 0 0 1 0 1
B. Walters 12 2 0 5/6 0/0 2/2 5 17 1 0 1 1 1
D. Simmons 2 0 1 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 14 0 0 1 0 0
D. Thomas 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Shelton-Szmidt 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Sims 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
C. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hawthorne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Massenburg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Slatten - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Van Hooser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 23 15 27/52 7/15 20/24 26 200 2 0 11 6 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Huell 21 3 0 7/8 0/0 7/8 2 32 0 1 0 0 3
B. Brown Jr. 20 6 3 8/16 0/5 4/7 2 39 2 1 4 0 6
D. Vasiljevic 13 5 1 4/7 3/6 2/2 4 31 1 0 1 2 3
J. Newton 9 1 6 4/7 0/1 1/4 3 28 1 0 1 0 1
A. Lawrence II 9 5 2 2/3 2/2 3/4 2 34 0 1 2 3 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Huell 21 3 0 7/8 0/0 7/8 2 32 0 1 0 0 3
B. Brown Jr. 20 6 3 8/16 0/5 4/7 2 39 2 1 4 0 6
D. Vasiljevic 13 5 1 4/7 3/6 2/2 4 31 1 0 1 2 3
J. Newton 9 1 6 4/7 0/1 1/4 3 28 1 0 1 0 1
A. Lawrence II 9 5 2 2/3 2/2 3/4 2 34 0 1 2 3 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Lykes 8 0 2 3/5 2/3 0/0 2 17 1 0 1 0 0
E. Izundu 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 8 0 0 2 1 1
R. Miller Jr. 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0
L. Walker IV 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0
C. Stowell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Waardenburg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 22 14 30/50 7/18 17/25 20 200 5 3 13 6 16