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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Sheldon McClellan had 17 points and No. 17 Miami scored the first 23 points in an 87-75 victory over South Alabama on Friday night.

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Manu Lecomte led the strong start with two 3-pointers and Ja’quan Newton’s jumper with 11:35 left ended the surge for the Hurricanes (7-0).

Abdul Lewis’ jumper with 11:19 remaining in the first half ended the scoring drought for the Jaguars, who missed their first 11 shots.

McClellan was 6 of 6 from the field and 4 of 4 on free throws.

Lecomte finished with 14 points and Omar Sherman and Tonye Jekiri had 13 points each for the Hurricanes. Jekiri also had eight rebounds.

The huge early advantage provided additional playing time for Hurricanes’ reserves. Sherman came off the bench and scored eight first-half points. Sherman’s dunk with 37 seconds remaining gave Miami a 43-19 lead.

The Hurricanes led at halftime 43-21.

South Alabama (1-3) outscored Miami 21-12 in the first 7:16 of the second half. Taishaun Johnson’s layup with 12:44 remaining got the Jaguars to 55-42. Another layup from Jonhson with 11:48 left again reduced Miami’s lead to 13 at 57-44.

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Ken Williams scored 16 points to lead South Alabama.


South Alabama: The Jaguars have lost six consecutive road games dating to last season. South Alabama’s last road win was at Western Kentucky on Feb. 15.

Miami: G Davon Reed participated in pregame warmups but did not play. Reed underwent surgery in September after an injury that school officials described as to his “lower left extremity.” Reed was expected to be sidelined four to six months following surgery.


South Alabama hosts Spring Hill on Tuesday night.

Miami hosts Illinois on Tuesday night.

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