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Georgia Southern (1-0) at Miami-Florida (0-1)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: BankUnited Center (7,000) -- Coral Gables, Florida. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: GSU 1-0, Miami 0-1 . Away Record: GSU 0-0, Miami 0-0. Neutral Record: GSU 0-0, Miami 0-0. Conference Record: GSU 0-0, Miami 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: The Hurricanes of Miami-Florida try to bounce back from a stunning loss in the season opener on Friday, as they host the Georgia Southern Eagles in non-conference action tonight at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Miami is a team that reached new heights last season under head coach Jim Larranaga, posting a record of 29-7 overall and losing just three times in 18 chances in ACC play. The squad won the ACC Tournament title and then picked up a couple of victories in the NCAA Tournament over Pacific and Illinois, before bowing to Marquette (71-61).

The Hurricanes lost a lot of talent from the 2012-13 squad and figured to have some trouble with the tougher opponents on the schedule this time around, but few imagined Miami would actually lose to St. Francis Brooklyn, 66-62, in overtime in the opener on Friday.

As for the Eagles, they too began their campaign on the first day of the regular season, but unlike the Hurricanes, GSU was able to easily notch a 110-74 victory at home, albeit against Columbia International. Before Georgia Southern can get too excited about that first victory, they should keep in mind that CIU is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

This game marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the basketball court.

The Eagles scored the first points of the game against Columbia International and never looked back, shooting close to 60 percent from the floor in the first half and 56.7 percent for the game, all while limiting the visitors to just 36.5 percent from the floor. Jelani Hewitt scored a game-high 25 points, leading six players in double figures for Miami, as he converted 9-of-16 from the field.

Tre Bussey accounted for 20 points, Marvin Baynham and Curtis Diamond 16 points apiece and Kyle Doyle a solid double-double off the bench with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Also posting double digits in both scoring and rebounding was Angel Matias with 10 and 12, respectively. As a team, the Eagles crushed CIU on the glass, 50-35, held the visitors to just 11-of-38 shooting beyond the arc, and forced 17 turnovers.

In a game that featured seven ties and just as many lead changes, the Hurricanes trailed by as many as seven in the second half before forcing overtime, thanks to a late layup by Garrius Adams that knotted the score at 56-56. However, in the bonus session, Miami never led and scored a mere six points in those five minutes.

Donnavan Kirk stepped up with a double-double consisting of 16 points and 10 rebounds, adding a couple of blocked shots, but at the same time he also turned the ball over four times without benefit of a single assists. Adams tallied 15 points, but in his case he shot a mere 4-of-18 from the floor and missed all eight chances beyond the arc. The team as a whole came up empty on 15 3-point tries. Rion Brown tacked on 11 points and seven boards.

The return of Kirk to the Hurricanes is a huge benefit for the squad, but he'll need his teammates to contribute more and suffer fewer mistakes if this team is going to be successful tonight and moving forward.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Miami-Florida 68, Georgia Southern 64

11/11 10:36:49 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR