Miami 65, Virginia Tech 49

Reggie Johnson scored 15 points as Miami defeated Virginia Tech

65-49 Thursday night to follow up Sunday’s win over No. 7 Duke.

The Hurricanes (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) built an

eight-point halftime lead and outscored Virginia Tech 10-4 in the

first 4:22 of the second half. Johnson’s layup with 15:38 remaining

put the Hurricanes ahead, 40-26.

The Hokies (13-11, 2-7) rallied with an 8-0 run. Dorian

Finney-Smith’s layup off a Miami turnover with 7:58 remaining ended

the run and put Virginia Tech within 47-42.

Trey McKinney Jones and Shane Larkin hit consecutive 3-pointers

and the Hurricanes re-established a double-digit lead at 53-42 with

6:34 left.

Larkin scored 14 points and Kenny Kadji finished with 11 points

for Miami, which won its fifth straight.

Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 17 points and increased his

double-digit scoring streak to 25 consecutive games.

The Hurricanes ran off 10 unanswered points during a 3:34 span

midway through the first half. DeQuan Jones’ baseline jumper with

8:38 remaining capped the run and gave Miami a 20-8 lead.

Virginia Tech was held scoreless for a 6:21 stretch until Finney

Smith’s put-back basket with 6:06 left made it 20-10. The Hokies

had eight turnovers and missed five shots during their scoring

drought.

Johnson’s 3-pointer with 2:48 remaining gave the Hurricanes

their largest lead of the half at 28-12.

The Hokies responded with a 10-0 run capped by Dorenzo Hudson’s

3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining. Rion Brown’s dunk off a missed

shot with 3 seconds left gave the Hurricanes a 30-22 lead at

halftime.