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UM Still Unbeaten in ACC, Beat VT

Shane Larkin scored 25 points to help lead the 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes to their eighth consecutive win with a 73-64 victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

Shane Larkin scored 25 points, the most he's scored in ACC play.

Miami (16-3, 7-0), which has their highest ranking since 2002, remained unbeaten in conference play as they overcame a 12-point deficit in the first half.

Kenny Kadji scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, Trey McKinney-Jones added 12 points, and Reggie Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench for the Hurricanes, which finished 8-0 in January.

Virginia Tech (11-9, 2-5) was led by Erick Green’s 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the floor. Green, the nation’s leading scorer, came into the game averaging 25.2 a contest and has now scored at least 20 points in 19 of 20 games this season.

After trailing 28-16 in the first half, Miami took a 54-45 lead outscoring the Hokies 38-17 during an 18-minute span.

Following the 12-point deficit, Miami battled back to take a 36-34 lead with 17:40 left in the second half on a coast-to-coast lay-up by Durand Scott followed by a bucket by Kadji as Miami went on a pivotal 22-6 run.

While it appeared Miami was taking full control of the game, Green struck with three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Hokies a 43-41 lead.

But Green couldn’t do it alone as the Hokies have noticed all season and once again, Miami responded with a run over their own. Following Green’s bucket, UM went on a 13-2 run capped by a dunk by Kadji as Miami led 54-45 with 8:26 left.

With Virginia Tech cutting the deficit to 60-56, Larkin iced the game as he drilled a 3 at the top of the key with 2:06 left and UM closed the game out. UM had been 1-4 in their last five in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech jumped out to an early lead as Robert Brown hit back-to-back 3-pointers on the back end of a 10-2 run for a 16-10 lead.

The Hokies pushed their lead to double digits at 24-14 on a lay-up by Cadarian Raines.

Moments later, Green gave Virginia Tech its largest lead of the half as he hit back-to-back jumpers to take a 28-16 advantage with 5:53 left.

Miami responded with a 13-4 run to end the half cutting the deficit to 32-29 at the break. Larkin scored seven points during the run including the final five on a long jumper and a 3-pointer to give him a team-high 12 points as the break.

Miami will travel to No. 19 N.C. State (16-5, 5-3) on Saturday. The Hurricanes have lost four straight to the Wolfpack including both games last season.

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