Miami basketball blown out by Dayton after late first half run

Nov 25, 2021; Orlando, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2021; Orlando, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports /

Dayton used a 16-4 run late in the first half to take a 36-25 lead at halftime and held the lead for the remainder of the game to cruise to a 76-60 victory over the Miami basketball team on Thursday in the ESPN Invitational in Orlando. The Hurricanes fell to a 1-3 Flyers team that entered with three straight losses.

Miami scored the first six points of the second half to cut the deficit to six. Dayton answered with a 12-2 run to put the game away. The Miami basketball team shot 30 percent in the first half including 1-11 on three-point attempts. Dayton made 58.7 percent of their shots from the floor and 11 of 19 three-point attempts in the win.

Isaiah Wong was the only Miami player in double figures with 10 points. Dayton had four players in double figures led by Daron Holmes II with 15. Holmes entered the game averaging 7.3 PPG. The Flyers averaged 65.5 points per game and allowed 69.5 through their first four games of the season.

The defense for Miami was porous throughout. The Flyers shot 65 percent from the floor and made seven of their 10 three-point attempts in the second half. Miami drops to 3-2 with the loss, the Flyers improve to 2-3. Kameron McGusty entered the game averaging 19.0 PPG but scored only eight versus Dayton.

Miami was unable to take advantage of 16 Dayton turnovers while committing only nine. The difference in the game was shooting. Miami shot a respectable 38.3 percent but made only four of their 20 three-point attempts. The Hurricanes are going to need to improve their defense for the rest of the season.

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Miami allowed opponents to shoot 43.5 percent from the floor and 32.5 percent on threes in their first four games. Dayton obliterated those numbers on Thursday. Miami next plays the loser of Kansas and North Texas on Friday at 11:00 AM ET. North Texas is 2-1 and Kansas enters Thursday’s game 3-0.