MG Randolph of Florida AM could be a problem for Miami

MG Randolph of Florida AM could be a problem for Miami

Miami will be looking for continued improvements from true newbies Wooga Poplar and Bensley Joseph when Hurricanes host the Florida AM on Sunday night.

It’s their third straight game against rival Miami State (2-1), who lost to the visiting UCF on November 13 but maintained a 68-66 win at Florida Atlantic on Tuesday.

Famo (1-1) and Miami only played each other once, and that was four years ago, when the Hurricanes reigned, 90-59.

Poplar, the 6-5 goalkeeper from Philadelphia, did not score in Mammy’s first two games, playing a total of just four minutes. Didn’t take any shots.

But on Tuesday, he put in an impressive performance, scoring 12 points in 18 minutes. He made 4 of 5 shots off the ground, including 3 pointers. He made all three free throws, added a rebound and one pass.

Joseph, the 6-1 guard from Boston, didn’t get any playing time in Miami’s first game. Since then, he has played 17 minutes and dropped 3 pointers against the UCF. Against FAU, he played 13 minutes and went 4 for 4 of the spoiled streak.

Hurricanes rely on their defense to deal with the Rattlers on Sunday night.

“FAMU (here) will come and play as hard as they can,” Joseph said. “But our team is big in defence. That’s what will win us a lot of games.”

Besides the starters, Miami will rely on leading scorers, veterans Cameron McGusty (20.7 points per game) and Isaiah Wong (15.0). Wong made the winning layup 0.7 seconds before the victory over FAU, and McGusty also leads the team in rebounds (7.0).

Meanwhile, the Rattlers brought back all five starters from last season’s 8-12 team that went 7-5 in SWAC. They also added a pair of Division I transitions in Dimingus Stevens and Chase Barrs.

FAMU’s best player is MJ Randolph, the double triple threat who leads the team in scoring (24.0), rebounds (8.0), assists (8.0) and steals (2.5). Galen Speer is the team’s other double-digit (10.0) scorer.

FAMU was impressive in their season-opening 67-57 loss to Kansas State as Randolph scored 27 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. In Monday’s 95-70 win over Le Moyen Owen, he had 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

“We’re proud of our guys,” Rattlers coach Robert McCollum said after Monday’s win. Now it’s time to get ready for Miami.

–Field Media Level

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