CORAL GABLES (AP) — Rion Brown scored 17 points to lead Miami to a 71-48 win over Loyola on Monday night.
The Hurricanes never trailed and increased a 23-point lead at halftime to 60-30 on Brown’s third 3-pointer with 9:26 remaining in the second half. Brown shot 4 of 6 from behind the arc and had nine rebounds.READ MORE: Parkland Mom Remembers, Honors Memory Of Hero Son, Peter Wang, Who Sacrificed Self To Save Others
Donnavan Kirk scored 12 points and James Kelly finished with 11 points for Miami (8-5). Tonye Jekiri was Miami’s fourth double-figure scorer with 10 points.
Miami held Loyola’s Dylon Cormier, the nation’s fourth leading scorer to 11 points. Cormier entered Monday’s game averaging 24.1 points-per-game. Eric Laster scored 13 points to lead the Greyhounds (5-6).
Two runs propelled the Hurricanes to 13-point leads in the first half. After Loyola reduced Miami’s first 13-point advantage to a three-point lead, the Hurricanes countered with eight straight points. Kelly’s dunk with 8:13 remaining ended the spurt and increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 24-11.
Miami held Loyola scoreless for a 6:30 stretch until Franz Rassman’s tip-in with 6:40 left ended the Greyhounds’ scoring drought.READ MORE: Former BSO Employee Julio Chang Faces Charges In Capitol Attack
Kelly’s 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Hurricanes their first 20-point lead at 42-20. Brown converted one of two free throws with 15 seconds remaining for a 43-20 halftime lead.
The Greyhounds responded from an early 13-point deficit with 10 unanswered points during a 2:40 stretch in the first half. Laster hit consecutive three pointers and Denzel Brito’s layup with 13:10 remaining capped the run and got Loyola to within 14-11.
Miami opened the game with a 14-1 surge in the first 3:48 behind seven points from Brown. James Kelly also scored two baskets in the Hurricanes’ early spurt.
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The Greyhounds open their Patriot League schedule with a home game against Navy on Thursday.