USM Falls To Miami

Dwayne Collins scored 14 points to lead No. 17 Miami to a 70-60 win over Southern Mississippi on Friday in the Paradise Jam opener.

The junior forward also had nine rebounds for the Hurricanes (2-0). Jack McClinton and Lance Hurdle added 13 points apiece, with Hurdle hitting a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to give Miami a 36-24 lead at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Junior guard Jeremy Wise led Southern Mississippi (2-1) with 21 points. Courtney Beasley added 14 points for the Golden Eagles, who shot 39 percent.

Miami, which entered the season with its highest preseason ranking, shot 44.7 percent from the field and 73.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Hurricanes will take on the winner of Friday night's game between No. 2 Connecticut and La Salle. Southern Miss will play the loser.

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