MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – While the Miami Hurricanes football team appears poised to make a run at the ACC Championship game, the Canes’ men’s basketball team is not quite ready for prime time after a second loss in the first three games of the season.
The latest loss came Tuesday night to Florida Gulf Coast University of the Atlantic Sun Conference, 63-51. FGCU has only been a member of the conference since 2007.
Before the Eagles’ first men’s sellout, 4,552 fans at Alico Arena, Bernard Thompson added 13 points.
Florida Gulf Coast (1-1) which is in just its second season of being NCAA eligible, lost by one point to Nebraska, Texas Christian and Southern Methodist last season before making a late run and reaching the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship game.
Miami (1-1), led by Shane Larkin with 14 points, took a 15-5 lead but didn’t make a field goal for an 8:44 stretch. Spurred by a 23-2 run, Florida Gulf Coast led 32-25 at halftime.
Behind Larkin’s shooting, Miami tied the game at 39. However, the Eagles responded with a 10-3 run and a 49-42 lead after a three-point play by McKnight. The Hurricanes couldn’t recover.
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