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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott scored 18 points each to lead Miami to a 74-56 victory over Wake Forest Saturday afternoon.
The Hurricanes (16-9, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 13 unanswered points during a 4:29 span early in the second half. Shane Larkin’s 3-pointer with 11:44 left ended the run and gave Miami a 56-42 advantage.
C.J. Harris’ lay-up with 11:31 remaining ended the Deacons’ drought. Miami outscored Wake Forest 10-4 in the next 3:31 behind consecutive 3-pointers from Kadji and Garrius Adams for a 64-48 lead.
Reggie Johnson’s layup with 5:42 remaining gave the Hurricanes their first 20-point lead at 70-50.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Hurricanes (16-9, 7-5 ACC).
Harris scored 14 points to lead Wake Forest, which has lost seven of its last eight. The Deacons (12-15, 3-10) shot 52 percent from the field in the first half but 30 in the second half.
Miami capitalized on a 39-24 advantage in rebounds, including 15-5 on the offensive end.
Wake Forest twice opened six-point leads early in the first half as they converted eight of their first 12 shots.
Harris’ one of two free throws with 9:21 remaining gave Wake Forest a 23-18 lead before the Hurricanes rallied with nine unanswered points in the next 2:23.
Scott keyed the run with four baskets and Garrius Adams’ 3-pointer with 6:58 left capped the surge and put Miami ahead, 27-23.
Harris hit consecutive 3-pointers and Wake Forest took a 34-32 lead with 1:05 remaining. Kadji’s dunk with 46 seconds left tied it 34-34 at halftime.
-Starters for tonight’s game were Shane Larkin, Malcolm Grant, Durand Scott, Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson. That lineup is now 5-2 this season.
-Head Coach Jim Larranaga said at pre-game that he wanted to see at least 10 threes from the Canes today. Mission accomplished as the Canes went 12-of-31 from distance.
-Miami’s bench continues to be productive, scoring 129 points in the past seven games. The reserves have notched at least 20 points in three games – UNC, Maryland and Wake Forest. Against WFU, Rion Brown scored 11, Garrius Adams had six and Trey McKinney Jones added three points.
-Miami is 6-8 against Wake Forest overall and 5-1 against the Demon Deacons in the past six outings.
-Second half adjustments worked to perfection as Wake Forest, who shot 13-of-25 (52.0%) in the first half was held to 7-of-23 (30.4%) in the second half.
-Malcolm Grant hit multiple treys against the Demon Deacons today, the first time since his last multiple three point performance on Feb. 1 versus Maryland. Grant finished the night 3-of-10 from downtown and a season high six assists.
– After successful knee surgery on Jan. 19, junior Garrius Adams made his return to the court. Adams played 16 minutes shooting 2-of-5, including two three-point shots for six total points.
-Miami notched a season-high 20 assists in the game, the 11-straight game with double-digit assists. Malcolm Grant recorded a season high six assists.
-The Hurricanes are 11-3 in the BankUnited Center this season after going 13-4 at home in 2010-11. UM is 106-47 overall at the arena since it opened in the 2002-03 season. Miami has compiled an 92-34 record at home since joining the ACC for the 2004-05 season. The Hurricanes have notched double-digit home wins at the BankUnited in five-straight seasons.
-Scoring leaders- For the second straight game Juniors Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott led the Canes in scoring with 18 points each.
– Miami basketball legend and 1998 UM Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ron Godfrey was in attendance at today’s game. In Godfrey’s senior campaign in1961 he ranked in the top ten in seven categories on the Hurricane career lists, including: seventh in points (1,384), seventh in field goals made (518), sixth in free throws made (384) and seventh in rebounds (767). He was an Honorable Mention All-America in 1961.
– Head Coach Katie Meier and her No. 6 Miami women’s basketball team stopped by to remind fans to show support tomorrow as they take on Florida State at 3:30 p.m.