Grant Leads Miami Rally Past West Virginia
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — (AP) Malcolm Grant scored a career-high 26 points Saturday to spark a comeback by the Miami Hurricanes, who overcame a 13-point deficit with 12 minutes left and beat West Virginia 79-76.
The Hurricanes (6-2) scored on 14 of 15 possessions down the stretch, sank eight of their last nine shots and made four consecutive free throws in the final nine seconds to seal the win.
The Mountaineers (5-2) fell to 77-4 under coach Bob Huggins when they take a lead of at least 10 points.
West Virginia, playing for the first time this season on an opponent’s court, was up 54-41 before Miami rallied. Grant’s three-point play cut the deficit to one, and he then sank a 3-pointer that gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the second half, 66-64.
Reggie Johnson‘s layup put the Hurricanes ahead to stay, 68-66. Durand Scott‘s driving scoop with 28 seconds left made it 75-71.
Grant went 13 for 14 at the line, including the game’s final two points with 6.3 seconds left. Scott then intercepted a pass to clinch the win.
The Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row. West Virginia, which lost only seven times last season and reached the Final Four, has been beaten twice in the past four games.
Johnson, who is averaging a double-double this season, was limited by foul trouble to 20 minutes but still managed 14 points and seven rebounds. Adrian Thomas added 13 points, including consecutive 3-pointers to trigger Miami’s comeback.
The Hurricanes have won 18 consecutive nonconference regular-season games at home.
West Virginia’s Casey Mitchell scored 18 points but shot only 5 for 15, ending his four-game streak of at least 25 points. Teammate Kevin Jones had 14 points but shot 5 for 17. Darryl Bryant scored 20 points while missing just one shot for the Mountaineers. They went 21 for 24 at the free-throw line but only 7 for 22 from 3-point range.
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Over the last four seasons, the Hurricanes have compiled a 43-10 (.811) record at home and are 73-27 (.730) at home in their seventh season under head coach Frank Haith.
Under Frank Haith, the Hurricanes are now 5-4 versus Big East teams — including a 2-0 mark at the BankUnited Center — and have won three of their last four versus Big East opponents.
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