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Canes Destroy Seminoles, 71-47

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- There would be no letdown for the 25th-ranked Miami Hurricanes.

Reggie Johnson

The senior-laden, savvy squad avoided any sort of a hangover after beating No. 1 Duke by 27 points on Wednesday as they handed dealt rival Florida State a crushing 71-47 defeat on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd of 7,972 at the BankUnited Center.

"In the beginning of the year we wrote our goals and we never had, 'Beating No. 1 Duke' in there," said Kenny Kadji, one of five seniors in the rotation. "We wanted to win the ACC and we know that Duke was just one team and we had another game. We had to focus on Florida State."

The impressive wins by Miami (15-3, 6-0) is expected to give them a large bump in the next AP Poll, which will be released Monday afternoon.

Still, head coach Jim Larranaga doesn't want his team getting too ahead of themselves.

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, but they call it present because it's a gift and we want to stay in the present and stay focused on this gift we've been given, which is an opportunity to keep playing basketball together and hopefully to continue to play very hard and very well," Larranaga said.

Trey McKinney-Jones scored a game-high 15 points to lead the way for the Hurricanes as he knocked down three 3-pointers.

"Trey McKinney-Jones was great," Larranaga said. "He's having a terrific senior year."

Durand Scott and Kenny Kadji each scored 11 for the Hurricanes who beat the Seminoles (11-8, 3-2). for just the third time in their last 15 meetings.

Durand Scott

Miami shot 42.9 percent (27 for 63) from the floor while holding Florida State to 30.8 percent (16 for 52), won the battle of the boards out-rebounding the Seminoles 44-32, and had less turnovers, 12-8.

McKinney-Jones hit his first 3-pointer to give Miami an early 14-7 lead. Moments later, Rion Brown found Tonye Jekiri for an alley-oop dunk to bring the crowd to its feet.

Florida State slowed down Miami holding their Hurricanes to just one field goal over a nine-minute span. After Terry Whisnant’s 3 cut the UM lead to 28-26, the Hurricanes closed the first half on a 9-2 run, which included five points from McKinney-Jones.

Miami led 37-28 at halftime and went on a 17-5 run to lead 54-33 with 12:38 left and never looked back. McKinney-Jones and Julian Gamble had dunks during the pivotal run while McKinney-Jones, Shane Larkin, and Scott hit 3-pointers as the team is not only winning games, but doing it in an exciting fashion.

"We're out there playing hard and most importantly we're having fun," McKinney-Jones said. "If we come out and play together, have fun every game, we're going to be a tough team to beat."

The Hurricanes have been one of the nation's most surprising teams and is expected to be rewarded for their success in the rankings. In addition to wins over Duke and FSU, Miami has also defeated Michigan State and North Carolina.

However, Kadji says the team isn't surprised.

"We're not surprised (of our success)," he said. "We have a great team and great chemistry."

Miami will hit the road for two games at Virginia Tech (Jan. 30) and No. 18 N.C. State (Feb. 2) before returning home Feb. 5 against Boston College.

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