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Brown leads No. 11 Miami past North Florida 86-65

November 25, 2017
Miami's Bruce Brown Jr., left, and North Florida's Garrett Sams (11) go for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami's Bruce Brown Jr., left, and North Florida's Garrett Sams (11) go for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Brown and Anthony Lawrence scored 14 points each to lead No. 11 Miami to an 86-65 victory over North Florida on Saturday.

Dewan Huell finished with 13 points for the Hurricanes (5-0) while Ja’Quan Newton and Chris Lykes had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Brown scored six points in a 16-2 run that helped Miami build a 17-point lead midway through the first half. Brown’s dunk with 7:04 remaining capped the surge and gave the Hurricanes a 26-9 lead.

Brown, a sophomore guard and a projected NBA first-round draft pick in 2018, shook off a 2-for-9 shooting performance in Miami’s previous game at La Salle and shot 7 of 14 from the field against North Florida (1-7). Brown finished with seven rebounds.

JT Escobar scored 16 points for the Ospreys.

BIG PICTURE:

Miami: The Hurricanes became the third team in coach Jim Larranaga’s seven seasons to start 5-0. The 2014-15 and 2015-16 squads also won their first five games.

North Florida: The Ospreys closed a heavy non-conference stretch against 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifiers. Six of North Florida’s first eight opponents reached the tournament.

UP NEXT:

Miami: The Hurricanes will play at No. 14 Minnesota on Wednesday in the ACC-Big 10 challenge. The Gophers are Miami’s first 2017-18 opponent that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.

North Florida: After a stretch of seven of their first eight games on the road or at neutral sites, the Ospreys will return home and face Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.

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