Adrian Thomas scored 16 points and Miami defeated North Carolina Central 83-53 in the Hurricanes' season opener Saturday.

Thomas shot 6-for-9 from the field, including 4-for-7 from the 3-point line. Dwayne Collins finished with 12 points and six rebounds for Miami.

The Hurricanes pulled away with a 14-2 spurt in the final 4:42 of the first half. Julian Gamble scored six straight points during the run, including a fast-break dunk for Miami's first double-digit lead at 36-25 with 1:25 left in the half.

Gamble was Miami's third scorer in double figures with 10 points.

Vincent Davis led the Eagles with 16 points. North Carolina Central (0-2) lost its season opener 89-42 at defending NCAA champion North Carolina on Wednesday.