Canes Earn 100th Victory in BankUnited Center
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) –Durand Scott scored 16 points to lead Miami to an 83-75 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday.
Scott scored all of his points on free throws as he finished 0-for-6 from the field but made 16-of-18 free throw attempts. Scott also had six assists and six rebounds.
The Hurricanes (5-2) overcame a Minutemen comeback and clinched the win on Kenny Kadji’s slam dunk with 24 seconds remaining for an 81-74 lead.
Massachusetts had three attempts to cut a 79-74 deficit under two minutes but Sean Carter missed two free throws, Chaz Williams’ running jumper fell off the rim and Kadji blocked Carter’s short field goal attempt with 1:31 left.
Williams scored 22 points to lead the Minutemen (6-3).
Williams’ jumper with 2:36 left again cut the Miami lead to 77-74. Scott converted two free throws with 2:01 left and pushed the Hurricanes’ advantage to 79-74.
Massachusetts rallied from its second 11-point deficit early in the second half with seven unanswered points. Carter’s dunk with 11:59 remaining capped the run and got the Minutemen within 50-46.
Grant and Trey McKinney Jones scored five points each and Scott converted 5-of-6 free throws as Miami outscored Massachusetts, 17-1, and took the lead for good during a 7:56 stretch late in the first half. Grant’s corner 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining capped the run and gave the Hurricanes a 39-26 lead.
The Minutemen’s field goal scoring drought ended on Carter’s dunk with 1:31 remaining. Massachusetts missed five field goal attempts and committed three turnovers during the Hurricanes’ spurt.
Jesse Morgan’s jumper with 39 seconds remaining cut Miami’s lead to 41-31 at halftime.
The Hurricanes twice had seven-point leads in the opening four minutes of the first half but the Minutemen kept the deficit within two possessions.
Williams’ second of consecutive 3-pointers gave Massachusetts a 25-22 lead with 8:41 left.
Trey McKinney Jones has started back-to-back games and has been the team’s leading rebounder (or tied) in the past three games.
Miami is now 4-0 after leading at halftime this year and is now 5-0 after leading with 2:00 left this year.
The game against UMass was Shane Larkin’s second straight game with double digit points.
Miami is now 3-0 all-time against UMass.
Miami halted a two-game losing streak with the victory against UMass.
The Hurricanes are 5-0 in the BankUnited Center this season after going 13-4 at home in 2010-11. UM has compiled an 86-31 record at home since joining the ACC for the 2004-05 season and are 100-44 overall at the arena.
Hurricanes have made a three-point basket in 318 straight games and have made at least one trey in 775 of 778 since the NCAA adopted the three-point shot in 1986.
The Hurricanes have won 27 consecutive non-conference games at the BankUnited and have defeated 42 of their last 45 non-conference opponents at home. Miami’s last non-conference home loss came at the hands of Ohio State, 73-68 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec, 2, 2008.
Miami has held 633 of its last 634 opponents to less than 100 points. UNC was the last team to score 100+. Defeating UM 105-63 on Jan. 31, 2007.