CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Shane Larkin sent text messages to his teammates following Tuesday’s disappointing 63-51 loss to Florida Gulf Coast.
Shane Larkin is averaging 18 points and 5 assists through 3 games.
He wanted to know what he could do better to help the team.
Prior to Friday’s game against Jacksonville, Larkin vowed to be a better leader and play with a high-level of intensity.
He delivered in a big way.
Larkin scored a career-high 27 points including 21 in the second half to lead Miami to a 73-57 win over Jacksonville.
“I wasn’t even focused on scoring the ball,” Larkin said. “I was just focused on bringing more effort. Usually the point guard brings the ball down the court so defensively I was just trying to be loud and communicate with my teammates and tell them that I got ball so they start talking because coach told me I start everything defensively and offensively. I just needed to be more of a vocal leader and I think with me doing that tonight it got the team with better intensity.”
Larkin added five assists with four rebounds as he hit 9 of 13 shots from the floor and knocked down all seven of his free-throw attempts. His previous high was 18 points on Jan. 2 against UNC-Greensboro.
“Shane had a great night, not only scoring the ball but controlling the tempo,” Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said
“I feel like our effort was a lot better,” Gamble said. “That’s not really something that we should have to focus more on being in the situation that we are, in the conference that we are, and being the players that we are. I feel like we should bring that effort every day. It’s a tremendous honor to play in one of the greatest leagues in the country and I think we should go out and play as hard as we can to show that we’re not taking that for granted.”
Miami shot 59 percent (23 for 39) while holding Jacksonville to 40 percent shooting (20 for 50).
“We certainly played with a great deal of energy of effort for 40 minutes,” Larranaga said. “I haven’t seen that, but I noticed at the shootaround today. It was the best shootaround we’ve had this season and the focus was very good.”
Miami played without leading scorer Reggie Johnson due to a sore tailbone and suited up eight scholarship players. Johnson is expected to be out until Tuesday, but should be back for Miami’s next game against Detroit Nov. 24.
Miami scored the game's first 11 points before Jacksonville (1-2) responded with the next eight. The first half remained close throughout as Miami took a 27-23 lead into the break.
Jacksonville pulled within 31-29 on a layup by Jarvis Haywood before Miami went on a 9-1 run keyed by Larkin, who had a layup and a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 40-30.
Jacksonville cut the deficit to 42-36 with 11:40 left, but was unable to get any closer. Miami took control of the game over the next four minutes as Larkin scored eight of Miami's next 12 points.
After making just 9 of 17 from the free-throw line in the first half, Miami knocked down 14 of 18 in the second half to prevent the lead from slipping away.
Dylan Fritsch came off the bench to lead Jacksonville with 23 points including six 3-pointers.
Jacksonville made just 10 of 20 free throws and had 16 turnovers.
Notes: Durand Scott (NCAA suspension), Garrius Adams (knee), and Raphael Akpejiori (concussion) also did not dress. … Bishop Daniels, who had been solid in his first two games, went scoreless and had four fouls in 13 minutes. … Erik Swoope came off the bench to make all three of his shots. … Miami shot just 12 3-pointers, making four, after going 8 for 26 against Florida Gulf Coast.