Miami did not play their best game but it was enough to win 66-55 over Florida. Ever since winning the Puerto Rico Tip off Miami has been playing hard in front of their sold out crowds.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 5-2 lead before John Egbunu was able to make some plays to keep his team in the game. Angel Rodriquez added 5 more points to push the lead 10-6. Angel Rodriquez stated, “We are amped up for the rivalry game.”
Both teams had some runs but Miami seem to be in control. The Gator got a spark going and where only down by 1 point with 2:44 left in the half. The Hurricanes called a timeout that is where the levee broke for an 8-0 run. Miami ends the half up 33 to 24 over the Gators. Florida displayed they can score on turnovers and in the paint as well this half. Sheldon McClellan was the top scorer at half time shooting 4 of 7 from the field, 1 of 2 from three land and 3 of 4 from the line.
“I just wanted to play aggressive and look for my shot,” stated Sheldon McClellan.
Florida played a better second half. They out scored Miami 18 to 6 in the paint, were 9 to 5 in second changes and the bench added 10 points. Brandone Francis- Ramirez hits a jumper with 9:43 left to get his team within 5 points. Miami continued scoring and were able to get the win. Sheldon McClellan game play in the second half was just as good. He was 3 of 5 from the field, 2 of 2 from three land and 4 of 4 from the line on his way to 24 points.
“Florida, Florida State and Miami are rivals. We battle for everything; student , athletics , recognition and media attention. When we go up against an in states school a lot of respect wants to be earned and it is going to be earned by somebody,” stated Miami Head Coach Jim Larranaga