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
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
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