Kadji Records A Double-Double in Loss to NC State
Jan. 22, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – University of Miami Junior Kenny Kadji notched a double-double in the Canes 78-73 lose to NC State.
The Wolfpack led 55-41 midway through the second half and withstood a late Miami rally. Kenny Kadji’s dunk with 1:44 remaining got the Hurricanes to within 72-68.
N.C. State (15-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) responded with five unanswered points, capped by Wood’s two free throws with 18 seconds left.
Earlier in the game, Scott Wood’s second of three free throws set the ACC all-time consecutive free-throw record of 55 after he was fouled on an attempted 3-pointer with 5:21 remaining. He increased the mark to 58 by game’s end. Duke’s J.J. Redick set the previous record of 54 in 2003-04.
DeShawn Painter finished with 18 points for the Wolfpack.
The Hurricanes outscored N.C. State 15-4, during a 3:46 stretch late in the second half. Kadji’s 3-point play with 4:26 remaining ended the surge and got Miami to within 65-60.
Kadji led the Hurricanes (10-7, 1-3) with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Miami shot 2 of 20 from 3-point range while the Wolfpack converted on 6 of 10 from behind the arc.
One of those threes came from sophomore Rion Brown, who finished the game with 10 points, including back-to-back buckets on inbounds plays.
N.C. State maintained its double-digit halftime lead through the first 10 minutes of the second half until MIAMI responded with six unanswered points that cut the Wolfpack’s lead to 59-51 with 7:33 remaining.
N.C. State kept the Hurricanes without a basket for a 5:32 stretch midway through the first half and built a 24-17 lead. C.J. Leslie scored six points as the Wolfpack erased a 16-15 deficit.
Durand Scott’s driving layup with 6:01 remaining ended the field goal scoring drought for Miami.
Leslie’s two free throws with 3:17 left gave the Wolfpack its first double-digit lead of the first half at 32-22 and was part of a 10-0 run. C.J. Williams’ second of consecutive 3-pointers with 1:23 remaining ended the surge and increased N.C. State’s lead to 38-22.
The Wolfpack limited Miami to 7-of-25 shooting from the field in the first half and led at halftime 39-27.
The Hurricanes opened to an 11-6 lead in the first 5:41. Kadji scored eight points during Miami’s early spurt.
After scoring just four points in the first half, Reggie Johnson scored six of the team’s first eight points in the second half. Johnson ended with 12 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block.
Rion Brown scored 10 points, his fourth game this season with double-digit points.
Erik Swoope played six minutes against NC State, the most court time Swoope has seen since Reggie Johnson returned to the team on Dec. 17. Swoope also scored one point against the Wolfpack, the first time he has scored in 2012.
Shane Larkin scored nine points, tied his career high in assists with five, and had three steals.
Miami scored its first three point shot after 19 minutes of play. Canes average 7.7 threes per game, but ended the game with 2-of-20.
The stars came out at the BankUnited Center as UM football alums Colin McCarthy who plays for the Tennessee Titans and Leonard Hankerson for the Washington Redskins cheered on their Canes. In attendance again was Barry Larkin, MLB Hall of Fame inductee and father of current Hurricanes guard Shane Larkin.