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Miami 72, Boston College 50

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Playing its first game after moving up to No. 8 in the AP poll -- matching the program's highest ranking since 1960 -- Miami (Fla.) rolled to a 72-50 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0) never trailed en route to their 10th consecutive victory. They haven't lost since dropping an overtime decision to Indiana State in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii on Christmas Day.

Boston College (10-12, 2-7) lost for the sixth time in its last seven games in suffering its worst defeat of the season.

The Eagles were with six points after hitting the first two baskets of the second half when the Hurricanes broke the game open.

They went on a 16-2 scoring run with Kenny Kadji accounting for 10 consecutive points on his way to a 16-point night.

By the time Trey McKinney Jones dropped in two free throws with 13:15 left in the game, Miami was up 45-29 and the issue was no longer in doubt.

The Hurricanes shot 48.2 percent from the field (27 of 56) and held the Eagles to 36.4 percent (20 of 55).

Miami's Rion Brown led all scorers with 22 points. Durand Scott (11) and Shane Larkin (10) also were in double figures for the Hurricanes.

Oliver Hanlan scored 16 points and Ryan Anderson had 14 to lead BC in scoring.

Miami took control of the game early.

After a 2-2 tie, the Hurricanes scored the next six points and worked their way to a double-digit cushion at 21-10 on Trey McKinney Jones' 3-pointer with 8:30 left in the half.

The biggest lead over the first 20 points was 15 points twice, at 25-10 and 28-13 before the visitors slowed the onslaught.

It was a 13-point game with just over a minute left in the half and Miami had the opportunity to add to its margin, but Eric Swoope was called for an offensive foul, giving the ball back to the Eagles.

Lonnie Jackson's 3-pointer from the corner with six seconds left got it back to 33-23 and the Hurricanes couldn't score in the remaining time.

NOTES: The 23 points matched a season low for Boston College in the first half. The Eagles were held to 23 on Dec.16 in an eventual 61-59 overtime win over New Hampshire. ... The 3-pointer Jones hit in the first half ended a streak of 10 consecutive misses for the Miami senior from behind the arc. He hit a 3-pointer at the 12:37 mark of the second half against Virginia Tech, then missed his next two attempts against the Hokies, all seven against North Carolina State, and his first one against BC. ... BC sophomore forward Eddie Odio, who made his fifth start of the season, is from Miami. He played at Christopher Columbus High.
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