Monday’s basketball: Miami tops Middle Tennessee

Kalani Takase
Associated Press

Honolulu — Dewan Huell scored 21 points, Bruce Brown Jr. had a season-high 20 and No. 15 Miami beat Middle Tennessee 84-81 in the Diamond Head Classic on Monday night.

DJ Vasiljevic added 13 points, helping the Hurricanes rebound from their first loss of the season to New Mexico State in Saturday’s semifinals. They finished third in the eight-team tournament.

The 6-foot-11 Huell was 7 for 8 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. The sophomore forward was named to the all-tournament team.

Miami shot 60 percent (30 of 50) from the field after shooting a season-worst 34 percent in the loss to the Aggies.

Nick King led Middle Tennessee (8-4) with 28 points. Antwain Johnson and Brandon Walters had 12 points each.

The Blue Raiders led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Hurricanes went ahead to stay on a straightaway 3-pointer by Anthony Lawrence II with 3:19 left.

Brown scored 14 points in the second half. He was 8 for 16 from the field for the game and also had six rebounds and three assists.

There were eight ties and nine lead changes in the first meeting between the teams.