Hurricanes lose to St. Leo in exhibition game

Streeter Lecka

The Miami Hurricanes basketball squad is off to a disastrous start to their season, losing an exhibition game to Division II St. Leo on Friday.

The Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team suffered a 69-67 upset loss to the Division II St. Leo Lions on Friday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami fell behind big early, finding itself down by 10 points just a few minutes into the game, and by 13 points midway through the second half. At that point, Trey McKinney Jones, who led all Hurricanes scorers with 19 points, hit three consecutive three-pointers to get Miami to within four. Several minutes later, the Canes would take their first lead since the opening minutes, holding a 60-58 advantage at the 5:21 mark.

Unfortunately for Miami, St. Leo's Trent Thomas would nail back-to-back three-pointers, giving the Lions the lead with 2:01 left. The Hurricanes were unable to come back again. Head coach Jim Larranaga was obviously displeased with the effort of his team during the game, as he told Michael Casagrande of the Sun-Sentinel after the game:

"I said something to them yesterday about it. You play like you practice, and if we play like this tomorrow night, you're going to be very disappointed in the results."

Miami will open its regular season on Nov. 9 against Stetson.

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