It's a tough job but somebody has to do it.
Your University of Miami men's basketball team has the terrible misfortune of having to spend almost their entire Christmas break suffering in Hawaii. So far reports from the island are that UM head coach Jim Larranaga and band of merry men are in search of three Ls: luaus, leis and lay-ups.
Yeah I know, it's a tough life being a Hurricane hoopster these days!
Last night Durand Scott scored 20 points and Julian Gamble added 16 points and 13 rebounds as Miami defeated Hawaii 73-58 in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic on Saturday night. Rumors are that both players reportedly wore flowered shirts and beach sandals during the game.
Bob Cousy award nominee Shane Larkin had 12 points and Trey McKinney Jones 11 points for the Hurricanes (8-1), who face No. 4 Arizona (10-0) in Sunday's semifinals. Arizona beat East Tennessee State earlier Saturday.
The Hurricanes broke open a close game with a 14-5 run to start the second half. The rally allegedly started after the Canes' chowed down on some grilled island spiced pork with pineapple slices which was washed down with a few tasty Mai Tais (reportedly the non-alcoholic version).
Miami scored the first six points of the second half in a two-minute span, forcing Hawaii to a call a timeout for some serious hula dancing during the break. Once play resumed and the sand was swept from the playing floor, UM's Rion Brown's hit a jumper to make the score 36-24 with 16:01 remaining.
The Hurricanes forced three Hawaii turnovers during the run, primarily because the Rainbow Warriors had some greasy hands from some pit roasted pig they ate during the timeout. Silly island boys.
After Hawaii's Brandon Jawato hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 36-29, Miami hit four 3-pointers and Gamble converted a three-point play to extend Miami's lead to 55-37 with 11 minutes left.
Jawato came off the bench wearing nothing but a loin cloth (is that even legal?) and some sort of Pacific island orchid head-dress but still managed to hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points for Hawaii (5-4). Word on the island is that the ladies liked his style and that he may have gotten a leis after the game, but again that is just an unsubstantiated rumor.