Big time win tonight for Miami Basketball
We'll have plenty of additional coverage on this game coming up soon.
Game Story (courtesy UM):
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – (AP) -- Senior Angel Rodriguez hit three 3-pointers and added a career-high 11 assists to help No. 15 Miami beat No. 24 Duke 80-69 Monday night, the Blue Devils' fourth loss in five games.
Rodriguez scored 13 points for the Hurricanes, who led for the final 24 minutes. Sheldon McClellan scored 21 points and benefited from Rodriguez's most spectacular assist late in the game.
Miami (16-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the third time this season, and won by double digits for the 15th time.
Brandon Ingram led Duke with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Grayson Allen added 17 points but shot just 6 for 17.
Rodriguez came into the game 4 for 30 from 3-point range in league games but went 3 for 5 from beyond the arc in the first half to help Miami take the lead for good.
His best play earned a late assist. Duke (15-6, 4-4) was mounting a rally when Rodriguez dribbled quickly through the defense in transition and tossed an alley-oop pass on the run to McClellan for a dunk and a 64-55 lead.
Rodriguez spread his arms as he ran up court, the Hurricanes flying high. They finished with 24 assists to eight for Duke and shot 51 percent.
Tonye Jekiri, Miami's 7-foot center, contributed assists from the perimeter on consecutive possessions to keep a cushion down the stretch. McClellan scored six points in the final 2 minutes.
Duke came into the game ranked fifth in the nation in scoring at 85.7 points but continued a recent offensive slump. They shot only 42 percent and went 6 for 20 from 3-point range.
The Blue Devils missed nine consecutive shots, including five in one possession, during an 8-1 Hurricanes run that put them ahead 45-35.
The Hurricanes' man-to-man defense didn't let Duke get to the free throw line much, either. The Blue Devils average nearly 26 free throws a game but went just 13 for 17.
Ja'Quan Newton scored 15 points to help Miami's bench outscore Duke's 21-7. Davon Reed added 14 points, and Jekiri had 10 rebounds, six offensive.
Duke: The Blue Devils gave up 30 points in the paint in the second half.
Miami: The Hurricanes were 2-15 against Duke before hiring coach Jim Larranaga. They have won four of six games in the series since he became coach.
Duke: is at Georgia Tech on Feb. 2.
Miami: is at North Carolina State on Saturday.