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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Miami dropped its first game of the season Friday against No. 21/22 Iowa State, falling to the Cyclones 73-56 in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational.
Junior Ja’Quan Newton finished with a team-high 21 points in the loss, while senior Davon Reed chipped in 13 at the HP Field House on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Hurricanes (4-1) shot just 36 percent (18-for-50) for the game, including 12.5 percent (2-for-16) from three-point range.
Miami will wrap up its weekend in the AdvoCare Invitational 3rd Place Game against either Florida or Gonzaga on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The Hurricanes defense held Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Monté Morris to just six points, but Cyclones senior Deonte Burton poured in 21 and redshirt senior Nazareth Mitrou-Long added 10.
Facing a manageable six-point deficit at halftime, Miami opened the second half shooting just 6-for-20.
Iowa State (5-0) jumped out to a 56-44 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.
A Miami scoreless streak lasting over six minutes in the second half was snapped when Reed hit two free throws with 7:48 left.
Sophomore Anthony Lawrence, who tied a career high with 18 points in Thursday’s opening round win over Stanford, scored five of Miami’s first seven points in the second half.
A layup from Newton off an offensive rebound from Kamari Murphy cut the Iowa State lead to two at 42-40 with 16:02 remaining in the contest.
Murphy finished with a game-high 12 rebounds, one shy of his career high.
A layup from freshman Bruce Brown at 13:54 once again made it a one-possession game, but Iowa State went on a 10-0 run over the next 4:08 to take a comfortable lead it would not relinquish.
Trailing by seven in the first half, Miami put together a 12-0 run and held the Cyclones scoreless for over six minutes to take their first lead at 14-11.
A traditional three-point play by freshman Dewan Huell put the Hurricanes ahead for the first time, and fellow freshman DJ Vasiljevic made it a five-point lead with a midrange jumper.
The Cyclones responded with a 7-0 run of their own after the Vasiljevic shot to regain the lead, and led 35-29 at halftime.
- Junior PG Ja’Quan Newton scored 21 points against the Cyclones to mark his second-straight game with 20-plus points, after scoring 20 vs. Stanford on Thursday. Newton’s only other 20-point game was against Charleston on Dec. 19, 2015. The Philadelphia native had notched 13-plus points in every game this season.
- Senior forward Kamari Murphy grabbed 12 rebounds against Iowa State, the first Cane to grab double digit rebounds this season. Murphy’s career high in rebounds is 13, which he recorded in 2014 while at Oklahoma State.
- With 13 points against Iowa State, senior Davon Reed has scored 908 points in 103 career games at The U.
- Against ISU, guard Bruce Brown pulled down seven rebounds, his fifth-straight game with five-or-more rebounds.
- Sophomore guard Anthony Lawrence has tallied a steal in every game this season, including one against ISU. He is averaging 2.6 spg.
- Freshman DJ Vasiljevic knocked down one shot from long range, increasing his streak of hitting a 3-pointer in each game this season.
- Miami is now 0-1 all-time against Iowa State.
- The Canes shot a season-low 36.0 percent (18-50) from the field and 12.5 percent (2-16) from three against the Cyclones.
- Miami tallied a season-high 19 turnovers, a season-low six assists and a season-low seven steals against ISU.