|Nov 9||vs Stetson||
|Nov 13||AT Florida Gulf Coast||L 63-51|
|Nov 16||vs Jacksonville||
|Nov 24||vs Detroit||W 77-62|
|Nov 28||vs Michigan State||
|Dec 1||AT UMASS||W 75-62|
|Dec 14||vs Charlotte||
|Dec 18||AT UCF||W 72-50|
|Dec 23||AT Hawaii||
|Jan 2||vs La Salle||W 76-59|
|Jan 5||AT Georgia Tech||
|Jan 10||AT North Carolina||7:00pm|
|Jan 13||vs Maryland||
|Jan 16||AT Boston College||7:00pm|
|Jan 23||vs Duke||
|Jan 27||vs Florida State||7:00pm|
|Jan 30||AT Virginia Tech||
|Feb 2||AT NC State||
|Feb 5||vs Boston College||7:00pm|
|Feb 9||vs North Carolina||
|Feb 13||AT Florida State||7:00pm|
|Feb 17||AT Clemson||
|Feb 19||vs Virginia||9:00pm|
|Feb 23||AT Wake Forest||
|Feb 27||vs Virginia Tech||7:00pm|
|March 2||AT Duke||
|March 6||vs Georgia Tech||9:00pm|
|March 9||vs Clemson||
(AP) - Miami coach Jim Larranaga described opening night as a step forward for the Hurricanes.
It just wasn't an easy step forward.
Reggie Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Miami held off Stetson 87-79 on Friday in the opener for both teams. Kenny Kadji finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, which trailed for virtually the entire first half and wasted most of a 13-point second-half lead before hanging on in the final minutes.
"Everything's not going to be perfect right now," Johnson said. "We still have to work. ... It was a learning experience but we fought through."
Johnson was 10 for 14 from the foul line — matching Stetson's entire output from the stripe. Miami scored 53 points in the second half, shooting 64 percent (21 of 33) in the final 20 minutes, and finished with 19 assists against 11 turnovers.
Trey McKinney Jones scored 14 points, Shane Larkin added 13 and Rion Brown had 10 for Miami. Julian Gamble, playing in his first game since 2010-11 because of injury, added nine points and six rebounds on 4-for-4 shooting.
"We've got to continue to work on our strengths," Larranaga said. "We've got to greatly improve the weaknesses in our defense. But one thing I'm very happy about is 19 assists and 11 turnovers. That works every night."
Adam Pegg scored 22 points, Aaron Graham added 21 and Chris Perez finished with 12 for Stetson, which shot 13 for 31 from 3-point range.
The Hurricanes played without guard Durand Scott, who still has two games remaining on a suspension imposed by the NCAA late last season for receiving impermissible benefits.
Stetson — a team that went 9-20 last season and a program that hasn't finished with a record better than .500 since 2000-01 — was down 67-54 with 7:36 left, then came roaring back.
Pegg made a pair of 3-pointers, the second of them off a set play out of a time out, to get the Hatters within three with about 3 minutes left. And after Perez grabbed an offensive rebound, scored and got fouled with 2:03 remaining, Stetson was within 76-74.
The Hatters got no closer. Johnson bullied his way free for a layup that put Miami up six with a minute left, then found McKinney Jones for another layup that sealed it on the next Hurricane possession.
"I think our team has a chance to do really good things in our league and against people that we're supposed to beat," said Stetson coach Casey Alexander, whose team was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference's preseason poll. "And I hope tonight was an indication of that. I told them in the locker room, that if they think anything less, then they're short-changing themselves. But if they think that we're close right now, then they're fooling themselves."
Miami — a team with hopes of contending in the Atlantic Coast Conference despite losing an exhibition game to Division II St. Leo earlier this month — struggled early. By the time the Hurricanes had seven field goals of any kind, Stetson had already made six 3-pointers, and the Hatters led for much of the first half.
All the Hurricanes had to rely on early was Johnson, the 6-foot-10, 292-pounder who's listed as 32 pounds heavier than anyone on the Stetson roster. Johnson had five rebounds in the first half, all of them offensive, and he turned those second chances into nine points. The last five of those came in the final 2:01 of the half, and the teams were tied at 34 at the break.
A spurt to start the second half gave Miami some real control for the first time.
Brown made a 3-pointer to open the half, Miami scored six quick points to build what was then its biggest lead, and after McKinney Jones made three free throws with 7:36 remaining, the Hurricanes' lead was up to 67-54.
Stetson erased most of that deficit — then fell just short of finishing off the upset.
"I think the guys see glimpses of stuff and see how good we could be," Pegg said.