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No. 4 Arizona Too Much for Miami

Kenny Kadji scored 19 points for Miami in a 69-50 loss to No. 4 Arizona in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kenny Kadji scored a team-high 19 points in the loss.

Miami (8-2) snapped a seven-game winning streak and will face Indiana State (6-4) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the third place game, which will be televised live on ESPN2.

Arizona (11-0) went on a pivotal 14-2 run in the first half and led by double digits the rest of the way.

The Wildcats were led by Mark Lyons, who scored 19 points on a number of impressive moves to the basket while overwhelming Shane Larkin and the Hurricanes all game.

Durand Scott, who scored 20 points in the first round victory over Hawaii, added 15 points for Miami, which played without Reggie Johnson (left thumb) for the second straight game.

The absence of Johnson’s 10.1 rebounds per game was felt as the Hurricanes were out-rebounded 45-20.

Only three players scored more than three points for Miami, which had just five assists on 19 field goals.

Kadji helped give Miami an early 11-9 lead scoring seven points on a 3-pointer, hook shot, and a dunk.

Arizona responded with an 8-0 run before Scott ended the run with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 17-14.

The Hurricanes had a tough time getting other players going in the first half, and most of the game, other than Kadji.

Meanwhile, four 3-pointers for the Wildcats in a 2:28 span attributed to a 14-2 run which proved to be the difference in the game and built a 35-21 lead with 2:46 left in the first half.

A 17-4 run by Arizona late in the game gave them their largest lead at 26 points.

Arizona will face No. 18 San Diego State (11-1) in the championship game.

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