CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- In one of the most stunning reversals of form of the season, Miami (Fla.) destroyed No. 1 Duke here Wednesday night, grabbing control in the first half land never letting go in a 90-63 rout.
The Hurricanes, who just made it into the Associated Press rankings at No. 25 this week, led by 23 points at halftime and rolled on from there. The Blue Devils suffered their worst loss since taking a 74-47 beating from Clemson on Feb. 4, 2009.
Miami beat the nation's No. 1 team for the first time in school history.
The gap was up to 32 points late in the second half before both benches emptied and the Blue Devils cut the final deficit down to 27.
By winning their sixth in a row, the Hurricanes (14-4, 5-0) remained alone in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a two-game advantage in the loss column on the Blue Devils (16-2, 3-2) and North Carolina State.
Miami got huge games from guards Durand Scott
(25 points) and Shane Larkin
(18) and forward Kenny Kadji
(22) in completing dominating the Devils. Rasheed Sulaimon
led Duke with 16 as the Blue Devils scored a season low while shooting 30.1 percent for the game.
After trailing 9-6 in the opening minutes, the Hurricanes went on a 33-6 run that turned their three-point deficit into a 38-15 lead with 2:54 left in the half. Amile Jefferson
's layup at the 1:59 mark ended nearly an eight-minute field goal drought for the Blue Devils.
Jefferson's tip at the halftime buzzer was only Duke's eighth field goal of the first 20 minutes. The Blue Devils shot only 22.2 percent for the half.
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, were 17 of 29 from the field (58.6 percent) and were 6 of 11 on 3-pointers before the break. They also outrebounded the Blue Devils 21-16 in the first half.
NOTES: This was only the second true road game this season for Duke, which lost its first at North Carolina State. The Blue Devils played six non-conference games at neutral sites, winning them all. ... This was the first visit for a No. 1 team in Miami's BankUnited Center, which opened on campus in January 2003. The Hurricanes' previous meeting with a top-ranked team was on Jan. 20, 1999, when they lost to Connecticut in the old Miami Arena in downtown Miami. ... Miami senior center Reggie Johnson
, who broke his thumb in late December, made his first appearance since Dec.18, entering the game with 14:17 left in the first half. ... The 42-19 halftime deficit marked the third straight game the Blue Devils have trailed at the half and the fourth time this season they have been down at the break.
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