Miami 99, UNC-Greensboro 89

Kenny Kadji scored 30 points to lead Miami past North

Carolina-Greensboro 99-89 Monday night.

The Hurricanes (9-4) withstood an upset bid by the Spartans, who

have lost 10 straight and are 0-5 under interim coach Wes

Miller.

UNC Greensboro (2-13) cut a 93-80 deficit with seven unanswered

points late in the second half. David Williams’ layup with 1:36

remaining got the Spartans to within 93-87.

Durand Scott secured the Miami win with four free throws,

finishing with 17 points.

”This was one of those games that it was more of a shootout,”

Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. ”We certainly want to play a lot

better defense than we played this evening.”

Shane Larkin scored 12 consecutive points during a 1:27 span

that helped the Hurricanes rally from a seven-point deficit early

in the second half. Larkin hit three 3-pointers and converted three

free throws after being fouled on an attempted 3-pointer with 13:54

remaining. Larkin’s free throws put Miami ahead for good at

68-67.

”My teammates did a great job of finding me open and I just hit

my shots,” said Larkin, who finished 18 points, 14 in the second

half. ”I’ve always had the confidence in my game. I just have to

be more aggressive for a full game.”

Trevis Simpson scored 36 points to lead UNC Greensboro. Simpson

shot 12 of 20 from the field and made 7 of 11 3-pointers.

”I’m really proud that our guys came into their gym and

competed,” Miller said. ”I think for us moving forward is getting

better on the defensive end of the floor.”

Rion Brown’s 3-pointer with 10:38 remaining increased Miami’s

lead to 79-72. Trey McKinney Jones’ two free throws with 6:30 left

gave the Hurricanes an 86-76 lead for their first double-digit

advantage since midway through the first half.

The Spartans started the second half on a 7-0 run. Simpson’s

3-pointer 1:43 into the second half capped the run and gave UNC

Greensboro a 56-49 lead.

Simpson scored 24 points in the first half and converted 5 of 7

shots from behind the arc. Simpson’s final 3-pointer of the half

turned into a four-point play. McKinney Jones fouled him on the

shot and Simpson converted the free throw to give the Spartans a

46-41 lead with 2:51 remaining.

Kadji scored Miami’s final 10 points of the half and his short

jumper tied it at 49 with 26 seconds left.

”We just wanted to stay in the game and stay focused,” said

Kadji, who scored 23 points in the first half. ”You had to be

mentally tough.”

Malcolm Grant, the Hurricanes’ leading scorer, returned after a

two-game absence and scored eight points. Grant, who averages 15

points a game, left the team for two weeks because of a death in

the family.