First the Highlights:
- This might sounds like a broken record, but right now is there a more valuable player in the ACC, nonetheless the UM roster, than Tonye Jekiri!? Yes Rakeem Christmas had a big day, but Jekiri held his own, led his team in scoring with 13, added 15 huge rebounds, and also had 3 blocks. Each night you never know who is going to star in UM's back court (Yes Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan have been huge for the most part) but up front Jekiri is a given every night out.
- Davon Reed gets more confident each time out. 11 points on 4-5 shooting (3-4 from deep) was impressive. But had Reed not played such sound defense, Trevor Cooney might have gone completely off.
- Rodriguez was way off his game shooting (2-11), but give him credit for 8 assists and some pretty good defense.
- A win is a win, but Miami was pretty fortunate that the Cuse went 8-19 from the line.
Additional Notes (courtesy UM)
-Head coach Jim Larrañaga earned his 550th career victory with the win over the Orange.
-Larrañaga also earned his first career win over Syracuse. Larrañaga has an all-time record of 1-3 against the Orange.
-Miami’s win over Syracuse marked the Canes’ fourth win in the last five games.
-Miami’s matchup with Syracuse marked the Hurricanes’ ninth matchup against a team ranked in the RPI Top 100. With the win, Miami improved to 5-4 against teams in the RPI Top 100.
-The 30,677 fans in attendance is the largest crowd for an NCAA game this season.
-Miami opened the first half on a 10-1 run and opened the second half on a 13-4 run.
-The Hurricanes led by as many as 12 points in the second half.
-Miami’s first free throw came at the 18:13 mark of the second half.
-The Hurricanes committed 10-or-less turnovers for 11th time this season. Miami had just eight turnovers.