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When we last saw the 'Canes in action, they were pummeling the #1 team in the land and leaving Dick Vitale nearly speechless (not really). Against FSU, Miami faced a younger, less heralded squad but were nearly as dominant.
While the electricity in the arena was not quite on the level of the Duke game it was pretty close. And at the same time, Miami's effort against Florida State was a more then suitable encore. The Hurricanes rolled to a very solid victory over the Seminoles to improve to 6-0 in the ACC.
Kenny Kadji got the fans off their feet with an and one on a leaner from about 10 feet to open the scoring. 2 minutes later Julian Gamble matched it with an inside move for a 6-0 lead, as FSU struggled to get going on the offensive end. Okaro White eventually got the Noles on the board with a 3 ball.
4 minutes in Reggie Johnson made his first appearance. And a minute later he got on board with a nice move to build the lead to 16-9. Rion Brown found Tonye Jekiri on a lob for the second consecutive game, and Brown also knocked down a triple as UM lit up the scoreboard early to the tune of a 21-12 advantage 8 minutes in.The defense continued to sparkle with Kadji and Johnson at one point achieving a rarity in hoops with a double block. However, Ian Miller and Aaron Thomas knocked down a pair of jumpers a piece to keep FSU close, and Terry Whisnant eventually cut the lead to 2 with a three of his own. Miami as has become habit this season responded with a 9-0 eruption. When Trey McKinney Jones hit a three to cap it, the BUC was booming.
At the half UM led 37-28. McKinney Jones paced the Hurricanes with 8.
In the second half, TMJ picked up where he left off and opened the scoring for Miami with a driving one handed slam, a minute in. Jones spectacular play continued when he thew alley oop pass to Julian Gamble to push the lead to 13. Miami's propensity for the game's prettiest play has been increasingly apparent the last few games. Gamble was again a major factor accumulating 9 big points and 3 huge blocks just a few minutes into the second half. FSU was forced to call a TO when Larkin nailed a triple then found Tonye Jekiri on a pretty pass to swell the advantage to 51-33. Miami's defense really clamped down. A couple of big buckets from Durand Scott pushed the lead over 20.
FSU had no answers!
Gamble made a terrific interior pass to Kadji for a two handed dunk, and Larkin was all over every loose ball. In the second half the game was never in doubt as Miami made one intelligent basketball play after another. The 'Canes appear to becoming more and more of a cohesive unit every time out.
Player of the Game: Trey McKinney Jones. 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. TMJ's shooting, handling, and defense continued to be on point.
The Good: The intensity. A let down could have been excused, but Coach Larranaga and staff had the team ready to play.
The Bad: For the second consecutive, game there is next to nothing to critique.
The Ugly: That a spectacular home stand had to come to an end.
Next Game: Miami heads up to Blacksburg to take on the Hokies, Wednesday 1/30 at 9PM (ESPN3).
|Terry Whisnant II||1-4||1-4||2-2||0||3||0||1||5|
|Trey McKinney Jones||6-14||3-8||0-0||0||2||2||0||15|
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