Miami (Ohio) 64, South Alabama 59

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Bramos scored 25 of his 28 points in the second half and Miami of Ohio held off a late rally from South Alabama for a 64-59 victory Thursday in the opening round of the inaugural Anaheim Classic.

After a close first half, Bramos took over in the second, scoring from all over the floor and shooting 8-for-11 as the RedHawks (2-0) advanced to the tournament's second round to play either Southern California or San Diego, which met later Thursday.

South Alabama (2-2) plays the loser.

Tim Pollitz had 15 points, 16 rebounds and six assists for Miami and Kenny Hayes added 11 points.

Brandon Davis led South Alabama with 13 points and Daon Merritt had 10. The Jaguars' leading scorer Demetric Bennett scored just eight points on 3-for-14 shooting after averaging 19.7 in the team's first three games.

Bramos scored seven straight points to give the RedHawks a 39-30 lead with 15:15 to play, and later went on another seven-point run capped by a 3-pointer to put Miami up 48-34.

Another 3-pointer by Bramos followed by a layup from Kenny Hayes extended the RedHawks' lead to 57-42 with 5:40 to go.

But South Alabama surged late, with a free throw by Ronald Douglas and a jumper by Merritt that drew the Jaguars to 59-55 with 40 seconds left.

Bramos then made a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to clinch the win.

In a physical, tightly contested first half, Hayes gave Miami the lead 18-17 with a 3-pointer, and Pollitz's twin brother Eric later gave the RedHawks their biggest lead on a 3-pointer that made it 30-24.

Neither team scored in the half's final three minutes.