CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)—Kenny Kadji scored 14 points as Miami defeated Maryland 54-47 Sunday night.
Trey McKinney Jones finished with 12 points to help the Hurricanes (12-3, 3-0) open Atlantic Coast Conference play with three consecutive wins for the first time since they joined the conference in 2004-05.
McKinney Jones’ two free throws with 38.4 seconds remaining increased Miami’s lead to 50-44. Durand Scott secured the win with an uncontested fast-break layup that made it 52-44 with 24 seconds left.
Alex Len scored eight straight points for the Terrapins late in the second half. His dunk with 39 seconds left got Maryland within 48-44.
Dez Wells scored 18 points for Maryland (13-3, 1-2). Len finished with 16 points.
Maryland’s point total was a season low. The Terrapins shot 31.6 percent (18 of 57) from the field, and they trailed 19-14 at halftime after shooting just 21.4 percent (6 of 28) in the opening 20 minutes.
The Hurricanes didn’t fare much better. Miami was 34.9 percent from the field on 22-of-63 shooting and missed its last eight shots of the first half to finish it at 27.6 percent (8 of 29).
The teams’ first half shooting struggles continued early in the second half. Miami led 30-27 after a three-point play by Wells with 10:09 remaining.
Julian Gamble’s consecutive dunks and a three-point play from Kadji helped Miami run off seven unanswered points midway through the second half. Gamble’s second dunk off a missed shot gave the Hurricanes a 39-29 lead with 5:23 remaining.
Maryland got to within 39-34 with 4 minutes remaining on Wells’ layup and Logan Aronhalt’s 3-pointer.
Len’s dunk with 2:20 remaining got the Terrapins within 43-38, but McKinney Jones’ corner 3-pointer with 1:40 left stretched Miami’s lead to 46-38.
Kadji hit consecutive 3-pointers early in the game as the Hurricanes opened a 12-5 lead in the first 8:21. Miami maintained the advantage, forcing seven Terrapins turnovers in the first 10 minutes.
Maryland didn’t reach double figures in points until Nick Faust’s layup with 6:23 remaining in the first half reduced Miami’s lead to 16-11.
Miami failed to take advantage of the Terrapins’ shooting woes. The Hurricanes were held scoreless the rest of the half after McKinney Jones’ 3-pointer with 4:36 remaining gave Miami a 19-11 lead.
Len’s basket with 3.8 seconds remaining ended a field goal drought of 6:20 for Maryland.