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No. 20 Miami rolls to 70-39 win

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Angel Rodriguez scored 17 points and No. 20 Miami responded from its first loss of the season and routed Savannah State 70-39 on Monday night.

The Hurricanes (9-1) never trailed and increased an 11-point halftime lead with a 13-2 spurt in the opening 6:39 of the second half. Manu Lecomte’s 3-point play with 13:21 remaining ended the surge and gave Miami its first 20-point lead at 46-25.

The Hurricanes had their first 30-point led at 64-33 after Sheldon McClellan’s two free throws with 2:53 remaining. Miami outscored Savannah State 36-16 in the second half.

McClellan and Lecomte each finished with 15 points for the Hurricanes, who dropped five spots in the rankings following a 68-55 home loss against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday.

Rodriguez’s 3-pointer and three free throws in the first 8:20 helped the Hurricanes start the game with a 17-4 lead. Tonye Jekiri’s layup with 11:40 remaining in the first half ended the early surge for Miami.

The Hurricanes had their biggest lead of the half at 27-10 on McClellan’s dunk with 4:46 remaining.

Demarcus Bryant hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Tigers (3-7) outscored the Hurricanes 13-3 in the next 3:14. Jamal Norman’s dunk with 1:32 remaining ended the spurt and cut Miami’s lead to 30-23.

Bryant led the Tigers with nine points.

Two free throws each from Deandre Burnett and Rodriguez in the final 1:04 gave the Hurricanes a 34-23 lead at halftime.

TIP-INS:

Savannah State: the Tigers are 0-7 on the road after Monday’s loss. Savannah State will play its next three games on the road before returning home against Allen on Jan. 6.

Miami: McClellan has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games. McClellan has reached double digits in eight of Miami’s 10 games this season.

UP NEXT:

Savannah State visits Kansas State on Sunday.

Miami: hosts Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 19.

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