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Canes Lose to Florida Gulf Coast

The loss to Division II St. Leo two weeks ago was an exhibition game.

Coach Jim Larranaga's squad suffered a disappointing loss Tuesday

Miami recovered in time to beat Stetson in the regular season opener, but more disappointment struck Tuesday with a 63-51 loss at Florida Gulf Coast.

For a team with expectations of making their first NCAA tournament since 2008, the Miami Hurricanes were outplayed throughout the game as the Eagles shot 49 percent from the floor compare to 29 percent for Miami.

Shane Larkin led Miami with 14 points and Kenny Kadji scored 13 as no Hurricane shot at least 50 percent.

Reggie Johnson, who scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Stetson, was held to six points on 2 of 8 shooting from the floor and 2 of 7 from the free-throw line. He led the Canes with 10 rebounds.

Miami trailed throughout including a 32-25 deficit at halftime as the Eagles fed off a capacity crowd of 4,552, which set a new attendance record at Alico Arena in their home opener.

The Hurricanes tied the game early in the second half, but the Atlantic Sun participants were able to win their first game over an ACC opponent in five tries. Miami had won all three in the series including a 60-50 win last year.

Miami, which boasted post players Kenny Kadji (6-foot-11) and Johnson (6-10) along with 7-foot freshman Tonye Jekiri off the bench, but were outscored in the paint 40-14.

Miami played without leading scorer Durand Scott for the second straight game as Scott is finishing up serving a six-game suspension handed out the by the NCAA in the spring. He will serve the fifth and final game of the punishment on Friday as Miami hosts Jacksonville.

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