Hurricanes advance to semifinals of AdvoCare Invitational
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Ja'Quan Newton had 20 points and Anthony Lawrence added 18 as Miami beat Stanford 67-53 in the opening round Thursday of the AdvoCare Invitational.
Bruce Brown chipped in 10 points for the Hurricanes (4-0).
Stanford (4-1) got 15 points from Dorian Pickens, while Reid Travis had 11. Pickens has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 games, dating to last season.
Brown had a couple layups during Miami's 18-4 run over the final eight minutes of the game.
The Hurricanes shot 62.5 percent (15 for 24) in the second half.
Stanford, which lead by nine early on, took a 27-23 advantage at halftime.
Stanford: The Cardinal were bidding to have their first 5-0 start since 2011-12.
Miami: The Hurricanes announced before the game that junior guard Rashad Muhammad will no longer be part of the program for failure to meet team expectations. After sitting out last season following his transfer from San Jose State, Muhammad was suspended for the first three games this season for violation of team rules. He was looked at as a player that could help after the departure of last season's leading scorers, Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez.
Stanford: The Cardinal will play Indiana State, which lost 73-71 to No. 21 Iowa State Thursday, in Friday's consolation round.
Miami: The Hurricanes, who got votes in this week's AP Top-25 poll, get a chance to impress the voters with a semifinal matchup Friday against Iowa State.