CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands -- After a hard-fought loss in the semifinals, Miami (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) responded with a dominating victory over San Diego.
Brian Asbury scored 14 points to lead four Miami players in double figures in the 80-45 win Monday night."That was just a good old-fashioned rear-end kicking," San Diego head coach Bill Grier told reporters after the lopsided defeat.
• Miami took third place in the Paradise Jam as the Hurricanes won their first-ever meeting with San Diego.
• Four players reached double figures, including a season-high 14 from Brian Asbury. Jimmy Graham recorded his first career double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds).
• Miami is now 14-4 all-time in in-season tournaments outside of the U.S.
-- ESPN research
Coming off their first loss to Connecticut, the former No. 17 Hurricanes bounced back quickly to avoid another slide in rank. They claimed third-place of the eight-team tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.Canes coach Frank Haith said it was a "really good win" for his experienced squad, which scored 21 points off turnovers, compared to just two points off turnovers for San Diego."Defensively, I thought we were outstanding in the second half," Haith said. "It was good to see production out of a lot of guys."Jimmy Graham scored 11 points, and Cyrus McGowan and Lance Hurdle each had 10."Like coach says, we've got a lot of guys who can score -- and tonight showed it," senior forward Asbury said.The Canes controlled the boards, outrebounding San Diego 42-28. Besides being the team's second highest scorer, Graham grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the night -- which coincided with his birthday."It's a very nice birthday present," Graham said with a smile after the win.Offensively, it was a quiet night for Jack McClinton, the top returning scorer from a team that brought back the majority of its offense from last season. He scored his first field goal with 6:28 remaining in the game.Grier said he was pleased with the way his squad contained McClinton, who averaged 17.7 points last season and scored a season-high 27 points in the loss to the Huskies. He scored just nine points on Monday night, four of them off free throws."We did a decent job on him. We just did a poor job on the rest of the team," Grier said.The Toreros were led by Chris Lewis with 11 points and Brandon Johnson with 10.