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Miami Downs Boston College on Senior Day, 77-56

Miami Downs Boston College on Senior Day, 77-56

March 3, 2012

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott scored 14 points each to lead Miami past Boston College 77-56 on Saturday.

The Hurricanes broke open a close game with a 16-1 run during a 6:13 stretch midway through the first half. Malcolm Grant keyed Miami’s surge with consecutive 3-pointers. Scott’s 3-pointer with 4:55 remaining capped the run and gave Miami a 36-19 lead.

Grant finished with 12 points for the Hurricanes (18-11, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Dennis Clifford’s basket with 3:20 remaining in the first half ended a field-goal scoring drought of 8:08 for Boston College.

Matt Humphrey scored 16 points for Boston College (9-21, 4-12). After winning two of their first three conference games, the Eagles lost 11 of their final 13.

Miami, which began Saturday tied for fourth place in the ACC, needs to await the results of Sunday’s games to determine if it will receive a first-round bye in the conference tournament which starts next Thursday. The Hurricanes began Saturday tied with Virginia, North Carolina State and Clemson.

The Cavaliers close their conference regular-season schedule at Maryland on Sunday. The Wolfpack visit Virginia Tech and the Tigers play at Florida State also on Sunday.

Scott’s 26-foot running 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Hurricanes a 46-25 lead at halftime.

Boston College overcame an early 14-7 deficit with consecutive 3-pointers from Jordan Daniels. Clifford’s short jumper with 11:28 left got Boston College to 20-18 before Miami went on its first half surge.

  1st 2nd F
Boston College  25  31  56
Miami  46  31  77

Team Stat Comparison
  BC Miami
FG% 42.9 50.0
3FG% 31.0 40.0
FT% 45.5 60.0
Rebounds 30 28
Assists 10 14
Turnovers 17 10
Blocks 0 2

BC Stat Leaders Miami
Humphrey 16 Scoring  14


Anderson 11 Rebounds  7 Johnson


 3 Assists 4 Johnson
None  0 Block 2 Jones
Humphrey  4 Steals 2


Game Notes
-Coach Jim Larranaga started seniors DeQuan Jones, Ryan Quigtar, and Malcolm Grant. A tradition Coach Larranaga brought over from his days at George Mason. Also included in today’s starting line-up were junior Durand Scott and junior Reggie Johnson.
-Prior to tip-off Miami presented its seniors with a framed jersey in appreciation for their hard work and dedication put forth into the program.
-Miami ends their regular season in 4th in the ACC. Their best finish since landing 5th during the 2007-08 campaign. The Canes conference record of 9-7 is also their best ever since joining the ACC in 2004.
-Senior DeQuan Jones started off the Hurricanes with the first recorded play of the game, a block against Boston College center Dennis Clifford. Jones played 23 minutes with nine points, one assist and two blocks.
-Senior Malcolm Grant hit a three for Miami’s first points of the game. Grant played a total of 27 minutes while accumulating 12 points (all from distance) two assists and one steal.
-Senior Ryan Quigtar started his first game of his career, playing the first and last four minutes. Quigtar went 1-of-2 from the line while adding one assist and one rebound.
-Miami had its best shooting performance in any first half of any game this season. The Canes shot 17-of-28 (60.7%) from the field. The previous season high in the first half was on Jan. 18, against Clemson, when the Canes shot 16-28 (57.1%).
-Half of Miami’s 28 made shots had an associated assist. Eight Canes notched a total of 14 assists including Reggie Johnson (4), Malcolm Grant (2), Durand Scott (2), Kenny Kadji (2), DeQuan Jones (1), Ryan Quigtar (1), Rion Brown (1), and Garrius Adams (1).
-Junior Reggie Johnson made his fourth 3-point shot of his career going 1-of-2 from the beyond the arc. Johnson is now 4-of-9 from three-point land for his career. Johnson went 4-of-5 scoring 10 points, with seven rebounds, and four assists.
-Junior Durand Scott made a bucket from just inside the half-court line as time expired in the first half to extend the Canes’ lead 46-25. Scott ended the game with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists.
-Sophomore Erik Swoope saw action for the first time since Feb. 18 against Wake Forest. Swoope played three minutes and recorded two rebounds.
-Miami has averaged 24.6 ppg off the bench in the past five games. Today the Canes added 18 points in the first half and finished the game with 31. Contributors included freshmen Shane Larkin (3), junior Trey McKinney Jones (9), sophomore Rion Brown (5), and junior Kenny Kadji (14).
-The 77-56 win marks the second straight year the Canes have swept the Eagles. Miami defeated BC on Jan. 29, 73-54, and twice last season, both in Coral Gables (72-71) and in Massachusetts (73-64).
-The Hurricanes are 15-24 against Boston College in the all-time series. The Canes are 7-2 against the Eagles since March of 2008, including a trio of road victories in 2012, 2011 and 2009.
-The Hurricanes have made a three-point basket in 340-straight games and have made at least one trey in 797 of 800 games since the NCAA adopted the three-point shot in 1986.
-Attendance: The seniors were sent off by a crowd of 3,834 at the BankUnited Center.
-UM is 13-3 at home and 5-8 away from the BankUnited Center this season. In ACC play, Miami is 7-2 in Coral Gables and 3-5 on the road.