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College basketball scores: Miami moves to 5-1, UCF gets a fresh spark

The Hurricanes are off to a fast start, while UCF found a new star in freshman Matt Williams.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

It was a busy basketball Saturday in the Sunshine State, highlighted by the Miami Hurricanes staying on their early season roll.

Miami improved to 5-1 with a 75-62 win over UMass, pushing past a second-half rally by the Minutemen thanks to 19 points and 13 rebounds from Reggie Johnson. The Hurricanes' center is now averaging a double-double -- 12.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

UCF (4-2) beat Florida Tech, where freshman Matt Williams, who was making his college debut after missing the first five games of the season with illness, scored 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

Florida A&M beat Bethune-Cookman in a sweet 75-67 win over their archrival in the Rattlers' Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener.

The best team in the state, No. 7 Florida (6-0), has a few days off until it plays Florida State on Dec. 5, then takes on No. 9 Arizona in a huge road showdown ten days later.

Elsewhere:

Florida State (4-2) plays Sunday against Mercer.

South Florida (5-2) is off to a nice start, and will take on No. 15 Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

Stetson (2-3) will play Bethune-Cookman on Monday.

Jacksonville (3-5) is also off until Monday, when the Dolphins play Florida Christian University.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.