Dwayne Collins had 23 points and 14 rebounds as Miami overpowered Tulane 74-54 Thursday in the first game of the Charleston Classic being played at the Carolina First Arena.
Collins made all eight of his shots from the field, and eight of his rebounds came on the offensive end.
“He played like a man today,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “It was a really good effort. We shared the ball, had 19 assists, and I thought our defense exerted itself in the second half, and we got on the offensive glass.”
Collins was miffed that he made only seven of 12 foul shots.
“I was disappointed I didn’t shoot better from the free throw line,” the power forward said. “Other than that, I guess I’ll take it. I thought we played well as a team, especially on defense.”
The Hurricanes (3-0) broke away early in the second half with a 19-4 run. They advanced to play the Penn State-UNC Wilmington winner.
Miami held Tulane to 20 points in the second half, limiting the Green Wave to 30 percent shooting.
“Our thought our defense was the key to the game,” Haith said. “We were able to switch up between zone and man and our press, and I thought we played with a lot of energy.”
Kris Richard scored 13 points for Tulane (0-2).