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Canes Win in a Blowout, 77-46

Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 17 points to help lead the Miami Hurricanes to a 77-46 blowout win over Charlotte on Friday.

Kenny Kadji

Durand Scott also recorded a season-high with 16 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, and four steals, while Trey McKinney-Jones chipped in 10 for Miami, which has won five straight.

Kadji knocked down all three of his 3-point attempts, the most he’s made in a game since hitting three on March 3 against Boston College. The 17 points was the most he’s scored since Feb. 18, a span of 15 games.

Miami’s leading scorer and the third-highest scorer in the ACC, Shane Larkin, scored nine points on 4 of 8 shooting.

Miami (6-1) used two big runs of 12-2 and 12-3 in the first half and a 14-0 run in the second half to hand Charlotte (9-1) their first loss.

Charlotte cut the deficit to 52-39 with 9:45 left before Miami delivered the knockout blow. Kadji scored six of Miami’s 14 points during the run including a pair of free throws to push the lead to 27 points.

Jim Larranaga unloaded his bench in the final minutes as Raphael Akpejiori and walk-on Justin Heller scored their first points of the season.

Miami led 33-22 at halftime behind Scott’s 10 points.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 12-2 lead sparked by a pair of 3-pointers by Kadji and Larkin and never looked back.

Rion Brown’s free throw pushed Miami’s lead to 13 points at 21-8.

Charlotte battled back and cut the lead to 21-13 on a layup by DeMario Mayfield.

However, Miami went on a 12-3 run to push their lead to 33-16. Scott hit a 3 followed by another 3 by Kadji, then Reggie Johnson and Scott converted layups for Miami’s biggest lead of the half.

Stats

SCORING: Larkin 4-8 0-0 9, Scott 5-8 4-6 16, McKinney-Jones 3-9 4-4 10, Kadji 5-6 4-5 17, Johnson 3-8 2-4 8, Sorenson 0-0 0-0 0, Akpejiori 1-2 0-1 2, Heller 1-1 0-2 2, Brown 1-5 1-2 4, Swoope 2-4 0-0 4, Jekiri 0-0 0-0 0, Gamble 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 27-56 16-26 77.

3-PT: Kadji 3-3, Scott 2-3, Larkin 1-2, Brown 1-4. Totals 7-15.

HIGH REBOUND: Scott 12.

HIGH ASSIST: Larkin 5.

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