Charlie Moore scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the first half, leading the host Miami Hurricanes to an easy 86-59 nonconference win over the Florida A&M Rattlers on Sunday night.
Moore made 6-of-10 shots from the floor, including 5 of 7 on three-pointers.
Miami (3-1), which never trailed and led by as many as 30, also got 19 points from Isaiah Wong and 14 points from Kameron McGusty.
Wong was particularly good, making 8-of-11 shots from the floor, including 3 of 6 on three-pointers.
FAMU (1-2) was led by DJ Jones, who scored a career-high and game-high 24 points on 11-for-19 shooting. He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
The Rattlers also got solid play from Jalen Speer, who had 11 of his 19 points in the first half. He made 7-of-17 shots from the floor, including 4 of 8 on three-pointers.
However, FAMU’s top player, M.J. Randolph, was held scoreless in the first half, missing all seven of his shots. He finished with nine points on 3-for-13 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-1 from distance.
Randolph entered the game leading FAMU in scoring (24.0), rebounds (8.0), assists (8.0) and steals (2.5). In fact, he had 27 points against Kansas State.
FAMU, which scored just four points in an eight-minute span early in the game, went into halftime trailing 42-21.
Randolph’s early struggles typified the Rattlers’ futility, which included just 25-percent shooting from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
Miami shot 51.6 percent in the first half, including 5 of 13 on three-pointers. The Hurricanes also had a 30-16 advantage on the boards.
FAMU finally got hot in the second half, putting together a 10-0 run to cut its deficit to 58-43 with 10:21 left in the second half. But a McGusty three-pointer and an Anthony Walker dunk on Miami’s next two possessions helped keep the Rattlers at a safe distance.
For the game, Miami shot 50 percent from the floor, including 10 of 27 on three-pointers (37 percent). They also had a 49-33 rebounding edge.
FAMU shot 35.3 percent from the floor, including 4 of 14 on three-pointers (28.6 percent).
–Field Level Media
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