Hurricanes take out Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Shane Larkin scored 25 points and Kenny Kadji added 18, as No. 14 Miami-Florida rallied past Virginia Tech, 73-64, at Cassell Coliseum.
Virginia Tech gave Miami its best shot for 30-plus minutes before succumbing to the Hurricanes' balance. Trey McKinney Jones added 12 points, Julian Gamble grabbed seven rebounds and Reggie Johnson pulled down 10 for the Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0 ACC), who have won eight straight.
"I think he took it upon himself that he has to play well," Kadji said of Larkin. "He came out, he did everything for us."
Scoring machine Erick Green scored 30 points and Jarell Eddie added 14 for the Hokies (11-9, 2-5), who have dropped three straight after a two-game winning streak.
Virginia Tech came to play at the outset, taking a 13-8 lead on Robert Brown's trey just over six minutes in. Brown and Green each found the bottom of the net for a 22-14 edge, and Green converted again moments later for a 28-16 margin.
Miami made a late first-half rally, cutting the deficit to 32-29 by halftime thanks to Larkin's 3-pointer with just over a minute to go.
The Hurricanes maintained their momentum from the closing moments of the first half, jumping in front 38-34 on successive layups from Durand Scott and Kadji. The Hokies rallied and took a 43-41 lead with just over 13 1/2 minutes to go on the heels on consecutive Green 3-pointers.
Miami then ventured on a pivotal 13-2 scoring stretch to take control. Kadji's slam capped the spurt, giving the Hurricanes a 54-45 lead with just over eight minutes left on the clock.
The Hokies gave it one last shot, pulling within 60-56 after Eddie made three free throws with just over two minutes remaining, but Larkin delivered the dagger with a 3-pointer on the other end.
"I thought we had opportunities," Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said. "I thought the kids continued to fight and to play hard. We've just got to find a way to put a 40-minute game together."
Miami made 48.1 percent of its shots despite a 2-of-10 shooting performance from Scott. Virginia Tech made 45.3 percent of its shots with Green and Eddie connecting on 15-of-25 attempts ... Miami leads the all-time series, 12-10.