Miami Downs Tennessee Tech 69-58 in Opener
Nov. 11, 2011
Photo by Envision Sports Media
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team increased their season-opener winning streak to 18 consecutive victories with a 69-58 win over Tennessee Tech on Friday night.
Durand Scott (15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) opened the scoring for the season with a three-pointer from the top of the key, continuing the Hurricanes streak of making at least one three-pointer in 312-straight games.
Fellow guard Malcolm Grant (14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) hit his first shot of the season on a three-pointer with 16:35 left in the first half to build the Hurricanes’ lead to 10-0 out of the gates.
Newcomers also played a key role in Coach Larranaga’s debut as Kenny Kadji made his first career start as a Hurricane and contributed five boards, while Trey McKinney came off the bench to ignite the team.
McKinney Jones hit late baskets to seal the big win for the Hurricanes. The former Misouri-Kansas City standout made his presence felt with 12 points and four rebounds.
Miami started the game with a 10-0 run, holding the Golden Eagles scoreless until 13:56 remaining in the first half.
Erik Swoope (11 points, 6 rebounds) made an impact dunk with 4:16 remaining to put the Canes ahead by five; it would be the last bucket scored by the Canes for the rest of the first half, unable to penetrate the Golden Eagles’ zone defense.
Tennessee Tech would tie the game up with 2:45 remaining in the first half off of a Javon McKay jumper and finish with a 10-0 run to end the first half up by five.
The second half began with a Swoope dunk that would end up being the only bucket for the Canes in the first four minutes of the frame. Having trouble with their inside game, the Hurricanes struggled until Scott drew a foul and converted both free throws to bring the Canes back within four.
Tennessee Tech would take their biggest lead of the game off a layup from Chase Dunn with 11:49 remaining that stretched the lead to nine.
The Canes began to rally late in the second half with a layup and a foul shot from Raphael Akpejori which brought the team back within three.
A three-pointer with 4:26 left from sophomore Rion Brown (7 points, 3 rebounds) gave Miami their first lead of the second half at 55-54. The Hurricanes would not surrender the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Golden Eagles fought back to within two with 2:07 remaining until McKinney-Jones responded with a dunk off the Scott dish to extend the lead to four. McKinney-Jones followed that up by hitting an open three that ended up being the final nail in the coffin. TTU would never recover, reverting to fouling for the last minute of the game.
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