Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/14/12
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Rion Brown scored 18 points to lead Miami to a 66-50 win over Valparaiso on Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT. The Hurricanes stretched a four-point lead and finished the game with a 16-0 run over the final 3:41. Malcolm Grant and Shane Larkin keyed the run with consecutive 3-pointers. Larkin scored 12 points and Trey McKinney Jones finished with 10 for Miami (20-12). Ryan Broekhoff had 18 points and Richie Edwards added 16 for the Crusaders (22-12). Miami advances to a second-round matchup Sunday against Minnesota, which beat La Salle 70-61. The Hurricanes played without leading scorer Durand Scott, who began serving a six-game suspension after he was declared ineligible last week for receiving impermissible benefits. Scott also missed Friday's loss to Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
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