Scott Notches Double-Double in 77-46 Win
9-1 • 0-0 A-10
Miami • Attendance: 3,275
6-1 • 0-0 ACC
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December 14, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Kenny Kadji scored 17 points and Durand Scott had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 77-46 win over previously unbeaten Charlotte on Friday night.
The Hurricanes never trailed as they built an 11-point halftime lead and outscored the 49ers 14-6 in the opening 5:27 of the second half. Rion Brown’s 3-pointer with 14:33 remaining ended the spurt and gave Miami a 47-28 advantage.
Scott’s three-point play with 12:48 remaining gave the Hurricanes (6-1) their first 20-point lead at 50-30.
The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak at the start of the season for the 49ers (9-1).
Charlotte got to within 52-39 on Victor Nickerson’s 3-pointer with 9:46 left. But Miami, which played its first game in 13 days, ran off 14 unanswered points in the next 5:26.
Kadji’s two free throws with 4:20 remaining capped the run and gave the Hurricanes a 66-39 lead.
Chris Braswell’s layup with 3:41 remaining ended a scoreless drought of 6:05 for the 49ers. Braswell finished with 13 points and Willie Clayton scored 11 for Charlotte, which shot 31.7 percent (20 of 63) for the game.
Kadji and Shane Larkin hit 3-pointers to help the Hurricanes open a 12-2 lead in the first 3:47. Rion Brown converted 1 of 2 free throws with 11:52 remaining in the half as the Hurricanes increased their advantage to 21-8.
Miami maintained a double-digit lead most of the first half and had its largest advantage at 33-16 on Scott’s driving layup with 4:11 remaining.
The 49ers kept Miami scoreless the rest of the half and scored six unanswered points. Braswell’s two free throws with 47 seconds remaining reduced the Hurricanes’ lead to 33-22 at halftime.
Charlotte had a chance to cut Miami’s first-half lead under double figures but DeMario Mayfield turned the ball over driving to the basket with 18 seconds remaining and Darion Clark’s layup attempt bounced off the rim with 13 seconds left.
Miami guard Bishop Daniels left the team, Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. A redshirt freshman from Raleigh, N.C., Daniels averaged 5.0 points while playing in three games this season.
Season tickets, mini-plans and non-coference single-game tickets are on sale now, and can be purchase at CanesTix.com or by calling the BankUnited Center Ticket Office at 305.284.2263. The ticket office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Miami vs. Charlotte Postgame Notes
For the third straight game, Miami starters were Shane Larkin, Durand Scott, Trey McKinney Jones, Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson. That starting five is now3-0.
Miami blocked 12 of Charlotte’s shots, including nine in the first half, marking the fourth-straight game with at least five blocks. Miami’s previous season high was eight at UMass, followed by five vs. Michigan State and Detroit.
The 31-point winning margin was Miami’s most of the season topping the 16-point wins over Jacksonville and Detroit.
Miami is currently on a five-game winning streak after starting the season 1-1.
The Canes shot 48.2 percent (27 -57) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-15 ) from distance. This is the fifth-straight home game Miami has shot better than 45 percent at the BankUnited Center.
UM held Charlotte to 31.7 percent (20-63) shooting from the field and 14.3 percent (2-14) from distance.
Miami never trailed in the game, for only the second time this season. The other time was against Jacksonville.
UM held Charlotte to 46 points, the lowest point total of the season. Previously the Canes held Jacksonville to 57 points and Michigan State to 59. Last season, Miami held Georgia Tech to 39 points in the ACC tournament.
Durand Scott scored 16 points, his fourth-straight game with 15 or more points, and grabbed 12 rebounds for his third-career double-double. His last double-double was last year at NC State with 10 points and 11 rebounds. His 12 rebounds surpass his previous career high of 12, which he had at UNC Greensboro on Feb. 15, 2011. Scott added four assists, four steals and a block to his stat line.
Kenny Kadji was 3-of-3 from long range after starting 3-of-3. He ended with 17 points, his fifth game this season in double figures.
Freshman Tonye Jekiri blocked two shots in his 11 minutes, both career highs.
Raphael Akpejiori, Steve Sorenson and Justin Heller each made appearances in the game. Heller hit a jumper with 30 seconds remaining for his first career points.