Grant's Six 3-Pointers Lead Hurricanes Past Rice
Las Vegas, Nev. (AP) – Malcolm Grant scored 25 points, highlighted by six 3-pointers, to lead Miami over Rice 73-67 on day two of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Wednesday .
Grant, who missed just two shots from behind the arc, was 5 of 6 from the free throw line for the Hurricanes (9-3). He also was one point shy of a career high and snapped his streak of consecutive free throws at 33 when he missed with 4:06 left in the game.
Arsalan Kazemi led the Owls (6-5) with a career-high 26 points, and added 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season. Lucas Kuipers added 12 points and Tamir Jackson 11.
Durand Scott added 10 points for Miami, who tied a season high with 13 3-pointers at a season-high 56.5 percent. The Hurricanes finished 48.9 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line, as Reggie Johnson added 5-of-5 shooting from the charity stripe.
After Rice cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 43-41 with 13:45 left, Grant hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Rice later cut the lead to three points twice, the last at 53-50, but Miami responded with eight-straight points — including back-to-back Grant 3-pointers. Miami hit 6-of-7 free throws in the final 45 seconds to secure its second-straight win and its seventh in the last eight games.
Swoope opened the game by getting Miami possession on the tip and then dunked to give UM the early 2-0 lead. He opened the second half with a steal and a dunk to extend Miami’s lead to 36-28. He finished with a season-high tying four points, a season-high two steals, one rebound and one assist in a season-high 14 minutes.
From the Line
Reggie Johnson went 5-of-5 from the line versus Rice and ha made nine-straight free throws dating back to that Dec. 4 game versus West Virginia.
Thomas for Three
As a team, the Hurricanes bounced back from tying a season low of just three three-pointers in Tuesday’s win over Oral Roberts by draining a season-high tying 13 threes at a season-high 56.5 percent clip. Those 13 3s are just two shy of the school record 15 that was originally set in 1993 versus Georgetown and tied last season versus South Carolina State.