Miami Defeats Louisiana-Monroe 78-60
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ Darius Rice scored 15 points and William Frisby added a career-high 12 points to lead Miami past Louisiana-Monroe 78-60 Sunday.
Miami (2-0) built a quick 20-6 lead behind six points from Rice, and never allowed Louisiana-Monroe to get closer than eight points throughout the first half.
The Hurricanes closed the half with a buzzer-beating tip-in by sophomore forward Gary Hamilton for a 45-31 lead.
Miami coach Perry Clark emptied his bench early in the second half, but reinserted his starting lineup after a Chavis Thompson layup cut the Hurricanes lead to 61-48 with 6:52 left to play. Miami then went on a 11-4 run keyed by five points from Rice and four from sophomore guard Robert Hite, who finished with 10 points.
Rice and Frisby, who missed all of last season with a broken bone in his right foot, grabbed seven rebounds apiece.
John Andrews scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Louisiana-Monroe, which fell to 0-2 on the season.
Miami frustrated the Indians with its aggressive defense, recording 14 steals and scoring 30 points off of 21 Louisiana-Monroe turnovers.
Miami has now won 22 consecutive home game against a non-Big East Conference opponent.