Miami (Fla.) 73, Virginia Tech 64By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 11:20 PM EST
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 14 Miami (Fla.) rallied from a 12-point, first-half deficit and beat Virginia Tech 73-64 to continue its best start in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Behind 25 points from Shane Larkin, his highest total in an ACC game this season, the Hurricanes improved to 7-0 in the league and won their eighth straight game overall. Erick Green, the nation's scoring leader, finished with 30 points to lead the Hokies, who lost their third straight game to fall to 11-9, 2-5 in the ACC. Larkin went on a personal 9-0 run that spanned both halves to help dig the Hurricanes out of their hole. Miami (16-3 overall) trailed 28-16 with 5:56 to play in the first half but rallied to tie it at 34-34 early in the second half when Trey McKinney Jones nailed a 3-pointer with 18:13 left. The Hokies turned the ball over on their next possession, and Miami took advantage, using a Durand Scott transition layup to take a 36-34 edge with 17:40 left. It was the Hurricanes' first lead since early in the first half. The Hurricanes pushed the lead to four, but behind Green's hot shooting, the Hokies answered. A Green 3-pointer with 14:43 left helped Tech regain a 43-41 edge. The Hokies led 45-44 with 11:43 left after a Cadarian Raines basket, but the Hurricanes went on an 10-0 run to take control for good, thanks to 3-pointers from Larkin and McKinney Jones. Kenny Kadji's dunk with 8:19 left gave Miami a 54-45 lead. Virginia Tech got within four after Jarell Eddie hit three free throws with 2:14 left, but Larkin answered on the next possession, hitting a deep 3-pointer with 1:47 left to put Miami up 63-56. Kadji scored 18 points and McKinney Jones added 12 for the Hurricanes. Eddie had 14 points for the Hokies, who also got 10 points and eight rebounds from Raines. Miami matched the Hokies' quick pace for the first six minutes of the first half, but Tech used two runs to take early control. Trailing 8-6, the Hokies went on a 7-0 run capped by a Robert Brown 3-pointer to take a 13-8 lead with 13:55 left. The Hokies led 18-14 after Miami's Rion Brown scored with 10:32 left. But Virginia Tech went on a 10-2 run to take its biggest lead of the half, going up 28-16 on a long Erick Green jumper with 5:56 left. The Hurricanes got hot at the end of the half to close the gap. With his team down 32-22, Shane Larkin led the Hurricanes on a 7-0 run to pull within 32-29 at the break, scoring all seven points. The burst coincided with a tough stretch for Hokies freshman Marshall Wood, who was fouled shooting a 3-pointer but missed all three foul shots and later blew a dunk. NOTES: Miami's Reggie Johnson scored four points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He is 36 points away from 1,000 for his career. ... Virginia Tech's Marquis Rankin made his second straight start in place Brown, but he finished scoreless in 21 minutes. Joey van Zegeren replaced Raines in the starting lineup, and he had two points. ... Green scored 483 points during last season. He surpassed that total Wednesday, as he has 509 points in just 20 games this season.
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