SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — University of Miami claimed the Puerto Rico Tipoff championship for the 2nd time in tournament history. Angel Rodriguez who is native to Puerto Rico played his heart out and was named the most outstanding player. The love from the family and friends was unmatched. He spent about 30 minutes after the game taking pictures and hugging family members.
Miami survives Butler comeback to win second San Juan Title
Miami scored 1st with a 3 pointer by Sheldon Mcclellan but Butler was not impressed and tied up the score when Tyler Lewis sinked a three of his own. Going into the game the Bulldogs were aware the Hurricanes play fast and love to score off turnovers. They were not successful in stopping this from happen and the next thing they knew the score was 25-9. Roosevelt Jones scored the next 5 points to cut the lead to 25-14. Both teams traded scores the remainder of the half with Miami up 42-29. The Hurricane dominated every aspect of the half. They had 22-14 points in the paint, 11-4 on points off Turnover and 9-2 in 2nd chances. “We want to stay hungry and humble” , stated Angel Rodriguez.
The Butler Bulldogs did everything they could not to let Miami bust this game open. Roosevelt Jones stated at half time ” We need to pick up the pace and chip away at the lead.” Kellen Dunham hit a key 3 pointer at 8:10 left to cut the lead to 7 points. Kellen Dunham was the leading scorer for his team posting 6 of 17 from field, 5 of 8 from 3 point land and a perfect 6 of 6 from the line. The only other time the score was close was when the Bulldogs where down 76-72 with 3 and a half minutes left. Miami was 20 of 22 from the foul line the 2nd half which help keep the comeback out of reach. When 4 of 6 players are perfect from the line who can you foul? Butler played a lot better in the second half. They had 14-6 points in the paint, 12-8 on points off of turnovers and 13-4 in 2nd chance points. The Bulldogs eventually fell 85-75 and are now 3 and 1. The Hurricanes are 5-0 and looking to make some noise this season. “We did some terrific things to get the lead. They did some great thing to come back. We responded with some good defense,” stated Coach JIM LARRAÑAGA .