Miami doesn’t necessarily need big performances from Jack McClinton to perform well on offense. The Hurricanes have certainly proven that in recent years against Stetson.
Coming off a well-rounded performance, No. 22 Miami looks to put together yet another dominating effort against the Hatters when the intrastate rivals meet Saturday.
A day after suffering their first loss of the season, 76-63 against No. 2 Connecticut at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Hurricanes (3-1) bounced back with an 80-45 win over San Diego on Monday night. Miami, which was coming off its worst offensive game of the season, had four players score in double figures.
The Hurricanes were able to handily beat the Toreros despite a quiet night for McClinton, who finished with a season-low nine points. The senior guard shot 2-for-7 from the floor, scoring his first field goal with 6:28 remaining in the game.
McClinton, the top returning scorer from a team that brought back the majority of its offense from last season, leads Miami with 16.8 points per game and had a season-high 27 against the Huskies.
Dwayne Collins, second on the Hurricanes with 14.0 points per game, was held to eight Monday.
With McClinton and Collins struggling, Brian Asbury led the Hurricanes with 14 points off the bench. Jimmy Graham had 11 points while Lance Hurdle and Cyrus McGowan each had 10.
“It was good to see production out of a lot of guys,” Miami coach Frank Haith said.
Asbury, the Hurricanes’ top reserve, has scored 18 points in each of his two games against Stetson (2-2).
“Like coach says, we’ve got a lot of guys who can score,” Asbury said.
Asbury led Miami in scoring in an 89-53 win over the Hatters last Dec. 17. These teams have met each of the past five years, with Miami outscoring Stetson by an average margin of 24.4 points in winning all the matchups.
The Hurricanes have shot 23-for-44 (52.2 percent) from 3-point range in the last two meetings, scoring 89 points in both even though McClinton averaged 12.5.
Stetson is coming off the best defensive game in its history but it came against Johnson & Wales, an NAIA program. The Hatters held the Wildcats to 27.1 percent shooting in a 59-36 win Monday night.
Stetson’s previous record for fewest points allowed was on Jan. 18, 1975, when it beat Wright State 62-38.
While the Hatters were outstanding on defense, they struggled on offense again. They shot 31.7 percent from the field, and have made 34.2 percent of their shots this season.
Stetson shot a season-worst 54.5 percent (12-for-22) from the free-throw line versus Johnson & Wales.
“We tend to be off or on offensively,” Hatters coach Derek Waugh said.
Stetson starting center Tim Lang had a team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds Monday. It was easily the best game of the season for the senior, who scored seven points in his previous three games.
Senior guard Garfield Blair tops the Hatters with 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds a contest. He was held to six points on 3-of-7 shooting against Miami last season.
The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 45-33.