Turbulent Miami cruises north to face Florida Atlantic
MIA’s motivation won’t be when the Miami Hurricanes opens its route schedule Tuesday with a 90-minute flight north to Florida Atlantic.
Hurricanes (1-1) and owls (1-1) face off in Boca Raton, Florida, with more than pride and bragging rights at stake.
“When you play at a state school, there’s always something extra for it,” said Miami striker Sam Wardenburg.
Modernity indicates that hurricanes are well aware of the extent of loss to a vulnerable person within a country.
Miami was shocked by the UCF with a 95-89 decision on Saturday afternoon.
Cameron McGusty led Miami with 28 points, 14 from 17 free throws. He shot 7 of 14 from the ground, but went 0 for 5 on 3-point attempts.
Miami’s Isaiah Wong, who led the ACC in scoring last year, scored 18 of the 20 points in the second half. He scored 15 consecutive hurricane points during his hot stretch.
The Hurricanes showed themselves weak in the crucial areas – rebounding and scoring on the bench – in the opening games. UCF beat Miami, 43-23. UCF reserves outperformed their peers, 40-17.
Miami also stopped shooting for the three points (23.1 percent) and the Hurricanes missed 11 of the first 12 shots from long distance.
McGusty leads the team in scoring (24.0), and he makes 53.6% of his shots. Wong is second in goalscoring (13.5), and Wardenburg and Anthony Walker are tied for third with 13.0.
FAU lost the opening game, 99-92, in New Mexico but then came back to defeat NAIA School Warner, 78-56.
“We didn’t play well,” Etihad coach Dusty May said after Warner’s win. “But we’re excited that we found a way to win.”
Given Miami’s rebound issues, it is interesting to note that the FAU outperformed New Mexico, 42-25, including 17-7 on the offensive glass. The FAU beat Warner, 46-34, including 17-3 on the offensive glass.
He made one change to his starting lineup with Warner, placing Brandon Witherspoon 6-4 guards versus 6-6 guards Everett Winchester.
Otherwise, May rides 7-1, 240-pound center Vladislav Goldin and 6-7, 230-pound Pitumba Paruti up front. Should be a load for Miami to deal with.
Other FAU core guards are Elijah Martin and Michael Forrest. And while Forrest is the youngest player in the FAU at 6-1, he leads the team with 11 offensive rebounds.
Forrest also leads the FAU in scoring (16.5), assists (3.5) and steals (2.0). Forrest finished sixth in the USA Conference last season in terms of effective field goal percentage (61.4).
Baruti, a native of Congo, averages 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. He’s been a rotating player and starter for East Carolina for the past two years.
Goldin, a Texas Tech transfer and Russian descent, averages 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds. But he may be able to break out of Miami’s four-guard lineup. Waardenburg is the tallest player in Miami at 6-10.
–Field Media Level