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.
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.