Durand Scott scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to help lead Miami to a 73-58 win over Hawaii in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Durand Scott led the Miami surge in the second half.
Miami will take on No. 4 Arizona (10-0) on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. in the semifinals. Johnson could return for the game, which will be televised live on ESPN2. Arizona beat East Tennessee State 73-53 in their opening round game.
It will be the second matchup against a ranked opponent for Miami as they knocked off then No. 13-ranked Michigan State on Nov. 28.
In what was a close game throughout the first half and the beginning of the second half, Shane Larkin provided Miami with the spark they needed.
With Miami leading 30-24, Larkin stole the ball up top batting the ball away, but was fouled hard from behind going in for the layup. Larkin shook off the hard foul and hit both free throws. On the next possession, still frustrated with the hard foul, Larkin stripped the ball again with a different move. This time, Larkin was not caught from behind and went in for the layup and a 34-24 lead.
Moments later, Larkin drilled a 3 at the top of the key followed by a deflection, which led to an easy basket and a 41-29 lead. Larkin finished with 12 points.
Then it was Scott’s turn as the Hurricanes stretched their lead to 16 points on three 3-pointers by Scott in a two-minute span as Miami led 53-37.
Scott, who came into the game making just four 3-pointers on the season, wasn’t done as he hit another trey with 9:39 left and it was all over for Hawaii.
Miami out-scored Hawaii 51-37 in the second half.
Miami played without Johnson, who injured his left thumb during Friday’s practice. Johnson is one of only three players in the ACC averaging a double-double, but Gamble filled in admirably.
Gamble was particularly strong in the first half as his 3-point play gave Miami a 22-21 lead into the break. Gamble nearly had a double-double at the break as he led all scorers at the break with nine points to go along with nine rebounds.
Hawaii (5-4) started off slow, but went on a 10-0 run lead to a take a 12-11 lead. It would be the only major run for the Rainbow Warriors who were led by Brandon Jawato's 12 points.