Miami beats No. 22 Butler 85-75 to win Puerto Rico Tipoff

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Angel Rodriguez stood on the court, putting on the two a massive smile and the flag of his indigenous Puerto Rico around his shoulders as he celebrated with Miami teammates.

It experienced all ended completely, from the Hurricanes wrapping up an amazing a few-recreation demonstrate to claim the Puerto Rico Tipoff championship to Rodriguez becoming named the most outstanding player in his return to his hometown.

Rodriguez scored 19 factors and Miami took down its 2nd straight rated opponent, beating No. 22 Butler 85-75 on Sunday evening — capping a week that made these Hurricanes search like a prospective power in the Atlantic Coastline Convention title chase.

When it was over, Miami — picked to end fifth in the ACC — experienced shot at least fifty two percent and won each game by double figures although averaging ninety three factors.

“It’s only November,” coach Jim Larranaga mentioned. “Teams are heading to get greater. The genuinely great groups are going to improve drastically in between now and March. And we want to be one particular of these groups. … Whether or not we’re rated or not rated is not the inspiration.”

Ja’Quan Newton included a job-higher seventeen details for the Hurricanes (five-), who followed their romp against No. sixteen Utah by creating a huge guide once more, and then safeguarding that gain against a surge from Kellen Dunham and the Bulldogs.

Dunham scored 20 of his 23 right after halftime, supporting Butler (three-1) trim a 19-position gap to four with about three one/2 minutes left. But the Hurricanes strike enough free of charge throws late to dangle on, earning their 2nd Tipoff title and 1st because beating Providence to win the inaugural event in 2007.

It was quite a 7 days for the Hurricanes in San Juan, like a homecoming for Rodriguez — a senior who grew up observing a local pro group play in this very same arena ahead of coming to the United States at age fifteen to pursue a school scholarship.

“I know I’m heading to go house really, extremely content,” Rodriguez mentioned, “because God and the coaches and the university gave me an opportunity to come to my loved ones so that everyone could see me at as soon as.”

Roosevelt Jones concluded with 19 details and was the only offense for much of the night time for Butler, which shot forty four per cent. But Dunham suddenly jolted awake following a five-for-twenty work in Friday’s acquire from Temple, supporting Butler climb again in it only to see the Hurricanes hold answering with crucial baskets of their own.

“They have been just in some approaches the hungrier, tougher staff early,” Butler mentor Chris Holtmann mentioned. “Our fellas responded in a good way, but difficult to do that from a very good staff. At any time we received near they seemed to make a large play.”


Butler: The Bulldogs manufactured 8 of 18 three-point tries. … Butler scored 16 details off turnovers. … Tyler Wideman had 10 rebounds.

Miami: Tonye Jekiri had 12 details and 12 rebounds. … Miami completed with a 33-30 rebounding benefit. … The Hurricanes went twenty of 22 at the foul line after halftime and 22 of 24 for the game


In addition to Rodriguez, Miami experienced Jekiri and Sheldon McClellan make the five-man all-Tipoff team. Butler’s Jones and Utah’s Jakob Poeltl, who had 32 details and 11 rebounds in the third-location sport in opposition to Temple, also manufactured the squad.


Miami received very last year’s Charleston Basic, only to return property and have house losses to Green Bay and Japanese Kentucky. Rodriguez stated gamers ended up already bringing that up after successful Sunday evening.

“That to me is really far more unique than just merely winning this event,” he explained, “to know that the men are hungry for more.”

UP Next

Butler hosts SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday.

Miami hosts Northeastern on Friday.


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