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No. 17 Miami races past Florida

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No. 17 Miami couldn’t get much going outside of their starting five, but a strong defensive effort and some good performances from Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez led the Hurricanes to a 66-55 win over Florida.

McClellan finished with 24 points and five rebounds while Rodriguez had 15 points to pace Miami. Despite battling some injury issues late in the first half and early in the second half, Miami big man Tonye Jekiri finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

Entering the game, Florida was the SEC’s leading rebounding team, but they got beaten on the glass, 42-to-31, as the Hurricanes were the aggressor on the interior for the entire game. Miami also held Florida to 38 percent (22-for-57) shooting and eight percent (1-for-12) 3-point shooting on the night as the Gators couldn’t figure out a consistent half-court offense.

John Egbunu led the Gators with 14 points and five rebounds while Dorian Finney-Smith had 12 points and Devin Robinson added 11 points.

Even though Miami didn’t get much outside of its starting five, this was a very positive win for the Hurricanes as their defense looked fantastic and McClellan and Rodriguez made enough plays to help them maintain consistent control. The Hurricanes got a lot out of their seniors in the home win and looked like a team that figured out that defense could win them games when offense wasn’t coming easy.

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Florida forward out 4-6 weeks with foot injury

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Florida will be without senior forward Alex Murphy for the first few weeks of the season as the school announced he’ll be out 4-to-6 weeks with a foot injury.

The fifth-year senior has a partial tear to the plantar fascia of his right foot, an injury he suffered in the Gators’ exhibition win on Thursday night against Palm Beach Atlantic.

The injury likely puts Murphy out until at least December and could hold him out until SEC play begins. Without the experienced senior in the lineup, Florida could turn to junior DeVon Walker, sophomore Devin Robinson, junior Justin Leon. Two freshmen, Kevarrius Hayes and Keith Stone, could also get more minutes with Murphy being out.

As a junior, Murphy played in a little over 14 minutes per game and averaged 5.1 points and 2 rebounds per contest.