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November 13, 2012

Hoops stunned at FGCU, 63-51

The Hurricane men's basketball team suffered an embarrassing loss Tuesday night at Florida Gulf Coast University, falling 63-51.

Miami trailed at halftime, 32-25, and couldn't make it close down the stretch.

Asked about losing to the small school, Cane coach Jim Larranaga said, "It's kind of what we expected. We haven't been defending very well and a couple of guys on the team need to shoot the ball well for us to open things up inside."

The Canes led early, 15-5, before FGCU went on a 13-1 run to take an 18-16 lead. UM never led again, and the deficit quickly became 28-17.

The closest the game got in the second half was a tie at 39 with 13 minutes remaining. By the 3:51 mark the game was pretty much out of reach, 59-46.

"They're an ACC school," FGCU coach Andy Enfield said. "Miami's an excellent basketball team. They were picked fourth in the ACC preseason. For us to play as well as we did tonight, I'm very proud of our players. Hopefully this gives us a boost for our program."

Enfield added "We expected to win the game. We told our players `If you play well for 40 minutes, do the little things, we'll win the game.'"

UM shot just 29.1 percent from the field (eight of 26 three-pointers), while FGCU hit on 49 percent of its shots (only one of 11 threes).

Miami was out-rebounded 40-32 and never got anything going consistently well.

Reggie Johnson struggled with two of eight shooting for six points (he had 10 rebounds). He also turned the ball over five times and made just two of seven free throws.

Rion Brown missed all six of his three-pointers.

No Hurricane made even half his shots, and Shane Larkin led the team with 14 points and four assists (five of 13 shooting) while Kenny Kadji was the only other player in double digits with 13 points (four of 10 shooting).

Guard Durand Scott is out for the first three games of the season as he completes an NCAA imposed suspension.

Florida Gulf Coast had lost 80-57 to Virginia Commonwealth in its season opener.

"It's not a wake-up call," Larranaga said. "It's more a deficiency. We're slow. We're not a quick team. We were expecting to be quicker. We thought our big guys, who are in better shape than last year, would be able to run the floor better. Right now, teams are outrunning us. They're light on their feet. We're heavy on our feet."

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