‘Canes Basketball Improves to 15-10
The Hurricanes (4-7 ACC, 15-10 overall) will travel to play UNC Greensboro (5-19) tonight in their last non-conference game of the 2011 season. The game can be heard on 560 WQAM starting at 7 pm.
Let’s catch up on how the last five games unfolded.
1/30/11 @Virginia Tech, L 68-72 – The Hurricanes lost their fourth in a row on the road in Blacksburg. Durand Scott scored 21, Malcolm Grant added 14 points, and Garrius Adams netted 11. The Hurricanes closed to within a point with 2:54 left, setting off a wild finish, but Erick Green hit three key free throws in the last three minutes and the Hokies held on. Reggie Johnson had 10 rebounds and two blocks.
2/03/11 Georgia Tech, W 59-57 – The Miami Hurricanes overcame a season-high 28 turnovers and snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday night by taking advantage of Georgia Tech’s poor shooting to win 59-57. Tech shot just 27.4%.
UM built a 21-point lead with 13 ½ minutes to play, but held on despite an intense comeback by the Yellow Jackets. UM scored only two buckets in those 13 minutes, allowing Georgia Tech to make it interesting in the end. The Yellow Jackets were down by only two with 20 seconds to play, but came up short in the end.
Grant led the Hurricanes with 15 points, and Adams had 11, while Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds for his fourth-straight game with double-figure boards.
2/05/11 Virginia, W 70-68 – Another nail-biter, shocking. Miami freshman Rion Brown hit three critical free throws with 13.7 seconds left in the game, sending the game into overtime.
Thomas added to his day of career-bests by making six 3-pointers for the Hurricanes. Johnson scored 16 and Grant added 11 for Miami. The Hurricanes shot 39% for the game. Miami started 0-for-8 and 1-of-14 from the floor.
“Our execution was outstanding late in the game, coming from behind,” Miami coach Frank Haith said.
It was Virginia’s 13th straight loss in the state of Florida since February 2001.
2/09/11 @Wake Forest, W 74-73 – Johnson hit two free throws with 4 seconds left and Miami survived a rimmed-out 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Wake Forest 74-73 on Wednesday to snap a 13-game Atlantic Coast Conference road losing streak.
Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds, netting both foul shots for the 20th lead change of the night.
Wake Forest was out of time outs, but quickly got the ball to J.T. Terrell, whose deep 3-pointer did a 360-degree roll around the rim before falling out as the horn sounded.
Scott added 17 points before fouling out for the Hurricanes who won their third straight game. Adrian Thomas and Grant each scored 10 points.
2/13/11 Duke, L 71-81 – Kyle Singler scored 14 and Mason Plumlee 12 for the Blue Devils (23-2, 10-1). Duke’s record after 25 games matches its best since the 2005-06 season.
Johnson scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Miami which was bidding for its first four-game ACC winning streak since February 2008 — the last time the Hurricanes defeated Duke. Grant added 16 points and Scott eight assists. Johnson only snagged seven rebounds in the defeat.
Miami got within six points twice in the final minute, only to have Tyler Thornton hit two free throws on ensuing Duke possession to keep the Hurricanes out of reach.