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Dunham's burst not enough as No. 22 Butler loses to Miami 85-75 in Puerto Rico Tipoff final


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Butler's Kellen Dunham couldn't get anything going for the third straight half before he finally found his shot against Miami.

Coming off a 5-for-20 shooting effort, Dunham scored 20 of his 23 points after halftime but couldn't get the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs out of their big hole in an 85-75 loss to Miami on Sunday night in the championship game at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

Dunham had struggled mightily with his shot in a win Friday against Temple, including a 2-for-13 effort from 3-point range in that one. He looked like he was heading for another quiet night when he managed just a single 3 in the opening half as the Hurricanes ran out to a double-digit lead.

Then the senior guard went 6 for 6 at the foul line and knocked down four 3s after halftime, including one that brought Butler within 76-72 with about 3 1/2 minutes left after trailing by 19.

But Butler got no closer, with Miami hitting enough free throws down the stretch to close it out.

"When you see a few baskets go in, things tend to go my way a little bit more offensively," Dunham said. "But like Roosevelt (Jones) said earlier, we've got to come out a lot tougher than we did and I'm guilty of that as well."

For Miami, Angel Rodriguez scored 19 points and the Hurricanes took down their second straight ranked opponent.

Ja'Quan Newton added a career-high 17 points for the Hurricanes (5-0), who followed their romp against No. 16 Utah by building a big lead again, and then protecting that advantage against Dunham's big scoring burst.

It was quite a week for the Hurricanes in San Juan, from their three-game run to the homecoming for Rodriguez — who grew up watching a local pro team play in this same arena.

Rodriguez was named the Tipoff's most outstanding player, an honor he received while wearing the flag of his native Puerto Rico draped around his shoulders.

PHOTO: Miami center Tonye Jekiri (23) drives against Butler forward Tyler Wideman (4) during the first half of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off college basketball tournament in San Juan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Miami center Tonye Jekiri (23) drives against Butler forward Tyler Wideman (4) during the first half of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off college basketball tournament in San Juan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Miami entered the season expecting to contend in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a veteran squad that won 25 games, blew out eventual national champion Duke in its famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium and reached the NIT championship game last year.

With four seniors in the starting lineup, Miami was picked fifth in the league — the same position it had when it won the regular-season and ACC Tournament titles in 2013 — behind No. 1 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Virginia and No. 18 Notre Dame.

After the Hurricanes' showing in San Juan, they have the look of a team that will be a major force in that title chase.

Miami shot 52 percent, the latest in a series of hot-shooting performances that are turning into a habit. The Hurricanes also scored 19 points off turnovers, part of a formula that has worked so well to start the year.

Jones finished with 19 points and was the only offense for much of the night for Butler, which shot 44 percent. But Dunham suddenly jolted awake to help Butler climb back in it.


Butler: The Bulldogs made 8 of 18 3-point attempts. ... Butler scored 16 points off turnovers. ... Tyler Wideman had 10 rebounds.

Miami: Tonye Jekiri had 12 points and 12 rebounds. ... Miami finished with a 33-30 rebounding advantage. ... The Hurricanes went 20 of 22 at the foul line after halftime and 22 of 24 for the game.


Butler hosts SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday.

Miami hosts Northeastern on Friday.

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