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Lykes scores 15 helps lead Miami past Florida Atlantic 74-60

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami capitalized from the lessons learned in its season-opening loss to Louisville.

Three days after their double-digit defeat to the No. 5 Cardinals, the Hurricanes defeated Florida Atlantic 74-60 Friday night. Chris Lykes scored 15 points and freshman guard Harlond Beverly added 14 points to lead Miami.

''Not everyone is going to come out for the first game and be perfect,'' said Hurricanes forward Sam Waardenburg, who finished with nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds. ''Every game you're going to learn something. Louisville we learned a lot. Tonight we learned as well.''

The Hurricanes withstood a challenge from Florida Atlantic and secured the win with a 12-0 run late in the second half. Consecutive 3-pointers from Beverly and Dejan Vasiljevic capped the run for a 67-50 lead with 5:08 remaining.

Rodney Miller was Miami's third double figure scorer with a career-high 12 points.

''We were able to build up the lead and then do a nice job in the second half of sustaining the lead,'' Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. ''They made a run and we were able to fight back and finish strong.''

The Owls (1-1) rallied from a 16-point deficit early in the second half with an 18-5 spurt. Madiaw Niang's lay-up with 10:29 left reduced Miami's lead to 51-48.

Karlis Silins scored 12 points for Florida Atlantic.

''I thought we made a really good run in the second half to make the game interesting and Miami responded like a good veteran well-led team,'' Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May said. ''Like most young teams our offense fueled our defense. We started playing with much more of an edge.''

Lykes scored six points in the first 3:14 of the second half to give Miami a 43-28 lead. Vasiljevic's 3-pointer with 16:20 remaining increased the lead to 46-30. The guards' early second half output overcame a difficult first half for both. Lykes scored four points and Vasiljevic was scoreless in the first half.

''You're always concerned at halftime as a coach when your two leading scorers really haven't done much'' Larranaga said.

Beverly's two free throws with 1:14 remaining capped an 8-0 run gave the Hurricanes' their largest lead of the first half at 33-24. Miami regained its nine-point advantage and led 35-26 at halftime after Isaiah Wong's two free throws with 13 seconds left.

DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT:

The Hurricanes limited the Owls to 35 percent shooting and 27 percent from beyond the arc. In Tuesday's season-opener Louisville shot 54 percent and 47 percent on 3-pointers.

''We're not a strong defensive team yet,'' Larranaga said. ''Hopefully, we're improving. I thought tonight we did some things better defensively than we did on Tuesday night. Florida Atlantic came in with a very aggressive mindset and really attacked us.''

A LEARNING EXPERIENCE:

With only one senior on his roster, May values the importance of playing early-season games against Power Five opponents.

''We got knocked off balance a few times,'' May said. ''This is something with inexperienced guys that you learn from and grow from it. It definitely made us a better team tonight.''

BIG PICTURE:

Florida Atlantic: the Owls' roster features a significant international presence. Karlis Silins, of Latvia, Senegal's Madiaw Niang and Canada's Richardson Maitre started Friday. Reserves Aleksandar Zecevic, of Serbia, and Kosovo's Dardan Kapiti, played 19 and four minutes, respectively.

Miami: freshmen will figure prominently in the Hurricanes' rotation after an absence last season. Wong, Beverly and Anthony Walker were high school seniors last years and already have played more than 12 minutes in their first two college games.

UP NEXT:

Florida Atlantic: the Owls conclude their two-game Power Five road set Monday at Alabama.

Miami: the Hurricanes play their first road game of the season Tuesday at Central Florida.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Carrington McCaskill made running Jump Shot, assist by D.J. Robertson 21.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Miami (Fla.) 39.0
  Offensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg 41.0
  Chris Lykes missed 3-pt. jump shot 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Harlond Beverly 1:10
  Carrington McCaskill missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:10
+ 1 Carrington McCaskill made 1st of 2 free throws 1:10
  Personal foul on Chris Lykes 1:10
+ 3 Chris Lykes made 3-pt. jump shot 1:24
+ 2 Kenan Blackshear made jump shot 1:47
  Offensive rebound by Kenan Blackshear 1:54
Team Stats
Points 60 74
Field Goals 23-66 (34.8%) 30-66 (45.5%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 8-12 (66.7%) 9-14 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 44 39
Offensive 15 8
Defensive 26 23
Team 3 8
Assists 11 13
Steals 4 8
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 14 5
Fouls 14 10
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 5 REB
15 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo FAU 1-1 263460
home team logo Miami (Fla.) 1-1 353974
Team Stats
away team logo FAU 1-1 73.8 PPG 42.8 RPG 12.5 APG
home team logo Miami (Fla.) 1-1 76.8 PPG 43.5 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
25
K. Silins F 9.3 PPG 2.8 RPG 0.3 APG 52.0 FG%
0
C. Lykes G 14.0 PPG 2.3 RPG 2.8 APG 42.6 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Silins F 12 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
C. Lykes G 15 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
34.8 FG% 45.5
27.3 3PT FG% 27.8
66.7 FT% 64.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Silins 12 5 0 4/8 2/4 2/2 4 14 0 0 1 2 3
M. Niang 7 12 0 2/7 0/2 3/4 2 23 1 3 1 4 8
J. Sebree 3 4 1 1/10 0/6 1/2 0 24 0 1 0 1 3
M. Forrest 3 2 2 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 23 1 0 3 2 0
R. Maitre 2 2 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 18 1 1 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Silins 12 5 0 4/8 2/4 2/2 4 14 0 0 1 2 3
M. Niang 7 12 0 2/7 0/2 3/4 2 23 1 3 1 4 8
J. Sebree 3 4 1 1/10 0/6 1/2 0 24 0 1 0 1 3
M. Forrest 3 2 2 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 23 1 0 3 2 0
R. Maitre 2 2 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 18 1 1 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Taylor 10 2 1 4/9 2/4 0/0 1 21 0 0 2 1 1
J. Ingram 7 6 0 3/7 1/1 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 2 4
A. Zecevic 6 4 1 3/5 0/1 0/0 1 19 0 1 1 1 3
C. McCaskill 5 0 0 2/2 0/0 1/2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
E. Winchester 3 0 1 1/4 0/1 1/2 0 16 1 0 1 0 0
K. Blackshear 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 1 1
D. Robertson 0 1 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 1 1 0 1
D. Kapiti 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 4 0 0 0 1 0
B. Ulmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ralat - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 41 11 23/66 6/22 8/12 14 201 4 7 14 15 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Lykes 15 3 2 6/14 1/6 2/2 3 28 2 0 0 0 3
R. Miller Jr. 12 5 2 5/6 0/0 2/2 2 32 2 0 1 1 4
S. Waardenburg 9 11 2 4/9 0/1 1/2 4 29 1 1 1 5 6
D. Vasiljevic 8 3 1 3/8 2/4 0/0 0 27 0 0 0 0 3
K. McGusty 8 3 1 4/12 0/4 0/0 0 28 1 1 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Lykes 15 3 2 6/14 1/6 2/2 3 28 2 0 0 0 3
R. Miller Jr. 12 5 2 5/6 0/0 2/2 2 32 2 0 1 1 4
S. Waardenburg 9 11 2 4/9 0/1 1/2 4 29 1 1 1 5 6
D. Vasiljevic 8 3 1 3/8 2/4 0/0 0 27 0 0 0 0 3
K. McGusty 8 3 1 4/12 0/4 0/0 0 28 1 1 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
H. Beverly 14 3 4 6/9 2/3 0/2 1 28 1 0 2 0 3
A. Walker 4 2 1 1/5 0/0 2/4 0 12 1 1 0 1 1
I. Wong 4 1 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 0 13 0 0 1 1 0
D. Gak 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
K. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Herenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Gkogkos - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 31 13 30/66 5/18 9/14 10 200 8 3 5 8 23