Men’s basketball falls to Miami, 73-57
A couple of cold spurts would hurt the JU men’s basketball team in a 73-57 loss to Miami Friday night at the BankUnited Center.

Shane Larkin scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Hurricanes (2-1) their second win over an A-Sun opponent this year. Julian Gamble chipped in with 13 points, while Trey McKinney Jones scored 11 points to help the cause.

The Dolphins (1-2) were slowed by a shooting dry spell in each half in the loss. Junior Dylan Fritsch helped kept the Dolphins close making 6 of 11 from beyond the arc for 23 points.

“We missed our chances,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “We had some lapses that would hurt us in the long run. Hopefully, we can build some momentum with our busy week ahead of us.”

The Hurricanes shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the floor in the second half to help set up the win. They also picked up a 28-16 edge in paint points and 22 points from turnovers. JU finished shooting 44.4 percent from the floor in the second half after shooting better than 50 percent for the first two games.

Early into the second half, freshman Jarvis Haywood made a layup and was fouled on the play to cut a JU deficit to 31-29. He missed the free throw which the Hurricanes turned into a 9-1 run to take a 40-30 lead (13:34). JU cut the lead to seven twice before a Larkin three-point play helped Miami keep a double-digit advantage for remainder of the contest.

Senior Glenn Powell finished with nine points for JU, while Haywood had eight points. They both had a team-best five boards.

In the first half, Miami raced out to an 11-0 lead before Fritsch hit a three-pointer and free throws to help cut the gap to 11-8 (12:09). The Hurricanes answered with free throws and a three-pointer by Kenny Kadjii to extend the lead to 19-10 with 6:40 left. Fritsch got hot again, hitting three three-pointers to cut the deficit to 24-21 (2:36). The Dolphins got within two on a bucket by Glenn Powell in the final seconds, but a layup by Larkin helped Miami take a 27-23 lead into halftime.

The Dolphins will participate in the Hoops for Hope Classic starting Monday against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m.