Sharp-Shooting Hurricanes Down Virginia Tech, 82-75
Jan. 31, 2010
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) –James Dews scored 21 points as Miami defeated Virginia Tech, 82-75, Sunday afternoon for its second ACC win of the season.
The Hokies rallied from a 19-point deficit with a 24-10 run midway through the second half. J.T. Thompson scored eight points during the run, and his free throw with 7:32 remaining cut Miami’s lead to 65-60.
Virginia Tech (16-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) stayed within a five-point deficit and had a final chance to reduce a 75-70 lead with under a minute left. But Malcolm Delaney missed a running jumper with 34 seconds remaining and fouled Reggie Johnson on a put-back attempt.
Johnson — among the ACC’s leaders in free throw percentage versus conference competition — converted both free throws, securing the victory.
Dorenzo Hudson led Virginia Tech with 22 points, while Jeff Allen added 19 points.
The Hurricanes got off to a strong start, converting 70 percent of their field goals — including 62.5 percent from long range — in the opening half en route to the 47-30 halftime lead.
Miami’s shooting cooled off slightly in the second half, however UM still hit 55.6 percent from the field and 11-of-14 from the line in the decisive half, to finish a season-best 63.2 percent from the field in the win.
“Obviously it was a great win for us, one that we really needed,” said Miami head coach Frank Haith. “Our guys really showed a lot of character and toughness down the stretch. We wanted to come out and get a good start and we did that. I’m really proud of our guys.”