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Mens basketball

Miami 80, Princeton 52

MIAMI -- The first thing that Miami coach Jim Larranaga noticed on the postgame stat sheet was 3-point shooting, and even he was a little surprised by the numbers.

Safe to say, he was pleased.

DJ Vasiljevic scored 20 points, Bruce Brown Jr. added 17 and No. 10 Miami had little trouble on the way to topping Princeton 80-52 in the HoopHall Miami Invitational on Saturday night.

Miami (7-0) shot 14 for 25 from 3-point range. The Hurricanes' record for 3s in a game is 15, and the 14 makes were their most in nearly three years.

"We have great guards on this team and the bigs are playing tremendous," Brown said. "So I think as a collective group, we're a hard team to stop."

Vasiljevic and Brown were highly efficient, shooting a combined 13 for 17 from the field and 9 for 12 from 3-point range. Lonnie Walker IV had a season-high 12 points for Miami, Anthony Lawrence added 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes, Brown had eight rebounds and Ja'Quan Newton had five assists against no turnovers.

"Their help defense is very good," Larranaga said, speaking of Princeton. "That requires you then to find the open man and shoot a 3. And Bruce Brown and DJ Vasiljevic were on fire from 3-point range."

It wasn't just from long range - Miami outscored Princeton 30-12 in the paint.

Amir Bell scored 13 for Princeton (2-5), which got 11 points apiece from Devin Cannady and Myles Stephens. Sebastian Much missed all 10 of his shots, nine of those from 3-point range.

Princeton led 16-14 midway through the first half, and that was its final hurrah.

Miami closed the half on a 24-4 run to take a 38-20 lead, a spurt that included 13 unanswered points, 11 points from Brown in less than 5 minutes and forcing Princeton into 10 consecutive missed shots.

"We were feeling good for about 10 minutes," Princeton coach Mitch Henderson said. "And they are really good. They make shots, they do a lot of things well. Brown killed us."

The Tigers got within 14 early in the second half, but Miami never ceded control. And if there was any doubt, Miami went on a 10-0 run capped by an NBA-range 3-pointer from Vasiljevic for a 70-44 lead with 5 minutes remaining.

It was the second game of the day in Miami, with No. 2 Kansas topping Syracuse 76-60 in the early contest. There were several thousand more fans in the stands for that game than there was for the Hurricanes game, for one big reason - the Miami-Princeton basketball game started around the exact same time as the Miami-Clemson game for the Atlantic Coast Conference football title.