Sheldon McClellan, Miami put hurt on Howard to start season

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Sheldon McClellan scored 19 points as Miami routed Howard, 84-49, in the teams’ season opener Friday night.

The Hurricanes started the game on a 17-1 run during the first 7:53 and never trailed. Manu Lecomte scored six points in Miami’s early surge and James Palmer’s 3-pointer with 12:27 remaining ended the spurt.

McClellan, a Texas transfer playing in his first game for the Hurricanes, shot 8-of-12 from the field. Angel Rodriguez, a Kansas State transfer, also had a successful debut for Miami with 16 points.

The Bison missed their first 14 shots. James Daniels’ steal and driving layup 8:13 into the game ended the drought.

Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer with 8:20 left in the half for Miami’s first 20-point lead at 28-8. The Hurricanes’ largest lead of the half was 39-13 on Deandre Burnett’s two free throws with 2:49 remaining.

Rodriguez’s two free throws with 10 seconds left gave Miami a 45-21 lead at halftime.

The Hurricanes pushed their lead to 61-31 on Burnett’s 3-pointer with 12:21 remaining in the second half. Lecomte’s layup with 6:02 remaining gave the Hurricanes a 73-37 lead.

Lecomte was Miami’s third player in double figures with 14 points. Tonye Jekiri had 11 rebounds for Miami.

Box score

Damon Collins scored 12 points for Howard. The Bison shot 18-of-63 from the field.


Howard: Red-shirt junior guard Brandon Ford will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained left ankle. A knee injury forced Ford to miss the 2013-14 season.

Miami: For the second consecutive season opener, the Hurricanes’ roster featured nine scholarship players.


Miami visits No. 7 Florida on Monday.

Howard hosts Goucher on Sunday.