Miami 79, McNeese St. 59

Published Nov. 25, 2010 2:45 a.m. EST

Freshman Rion Brown scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack in Miami's 79-59 victory over McNeese State on Wednesday night.

Brown, who shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range, was one of six Hurricanes to finish in double figures as Miami (3-2) rebounded from its second loss of the season Sunday at Rutgers.

The Hurricanes extended a 12-point halftime lead to 54-32 on two 3-pointers by Malcolm Grant and one apiece from Durand Scott and Garrius Adams during the first 3:14 of the second half.

Donovan Kirk's jumper with 7:34 left gave the Hurricanes their biggest lead, 71-44.


Scott and Reggie Johnson scored 12 points each, while Adams added 11 and DeQuan Jones and Grant had 10 apiece. Grant also finished with nine assists.

Johnson also grabbed nine rebounds, just missing his fourth straight double-double.

Diego Kapelan led the Cowboys (2-3) with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc.

Miami never trailed after Scott's 3-point play for a 25-24 lead with 6:37 left in the first half.

Brown's third 3-pointer of the first half increased the Hurricanes' lead to 32-24 with 4:02 remaining. Johnson scored two baskets in an 8-0 spurt, which gave Miami its biggest advantage of the first half, 40-27, en route to a 42-30 lead at the break.

The Cowboys ran off to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:40 behind Patrick Richard's two field goals and Kapelan's 3-pointer.

Richard and Kapelan scored 21 of the Cowboys' 30 first-half points, but Richard was held scoreless in the second half and finished with 13 points.