Hoops: Miami 78, Pacific 49

The University of Miami Men's Basketball team won their opening NCAA Tournament game this afternoon by the score of 78-49.

Fresh off an ACC Championship, Miami traveled to Austin, Texas and defeated Pacific in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today at the Erwin Center.

The Hurricanes (28-6) jumped out to a big lead at halftime, 40-19. While Pacific was able to make the game a little more competitive in the second half, Miami was in control throughout the contest.

Durand Scott was Miami's top scorer on the afternoon, going for 21 points and adding three rebounds. Shane Larkin was the only other Hurricane in double digits, and he finished the game with 10 points (three rebounds). Reggie Johnson led the team with 10 rebounds.

The Canes shot 46-percent from the field and 55-percent from three-point range. It was another solid offensive effort and another tremendous defensive effort.

Pacific was held to just 33-percent shooting on the afternoon. Travis Fulton, who scored 18 points and grabbed five boards, was their top performer on the day.

The 2nd-seeded Hurricanes now await the winner of the Illinois/Colorado game. That game will be played in Austin on Sunday, with a time yet to be determined.

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