Miami dominates NC Central 76-42

Published: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- James Dews scored 16 points as Miami shook off an early challenge from winless North Carolina Central for a 76-42 victory on Saturday.

The Eagles (0-16) stayed within single digits of the Hurricanes (10-3) in the first half and kept it as close as 15-12 after Stevy Worah-Ozimo's field goal with 8:50 left.

Down by six at halftime, N.C. Central cut Miami’s lead to 31-29 after Vincent Davis scored a basket just 2:50 minutes into the second half. Davis led North Carolina Central with 10 points.

But Miami followed with 11 unanswered points during a 2:11 minute span early in the second half to claim a 42-29 lead. Dews hit two 3-pointers during the Hurricanes' spurt to break open a close game.

DeQuan Jones scored nine points in a 17-5 run as Miami increased its lead to 62-38 with 5:31 left.

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