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November 21, 2008CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands - Dwayne Collins scored 14 points to lead No. 17 Miami to a 70-60 win over Southern Mississippi on Friday in the Paradise Jam opener.
The junior forward also had nine rebounds for the Hurricanes (2-0). Jack McClinton and Lance Hurdle added 13 points apiece, with Hurdle hitting a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to give Miami a 36-24 lead at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Miami, which entered the season with its highest preseason ranking, shot 44.7 percent from the field and 73.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Hurricanes will take on the winner of Friday night's game between No. 2 Connecticut and La Salle. Southern Miss will play the loser.