Reggie Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Miami Hurricanes to a 75-62 win over Massachusetts Saturday.
Miami (5-1) shot 48.1 percent (25 of 52) while holding UMass (3-3) to 28.6 percent (18 of 63) shooting.
The Hurricanes trailed throughout the first half and didn’t take their first lead until a free throw by Kadji gave UM a 26-25 advantage with 1:37 left before halftime.
A pair of free throws by Kadji just before the break capped a 9-0 run for the Hurricanes, who led 30-25 at halftime.
The teams continued to play a close game before began to pull away.
Rion Brown’s 3 with 8:16 left gave UM a 54-52 lead, which began a 10-3 run.
UMass made just one basket over the final 8:29 as Miami held on for their first road win of the season.
Miami coach Jim Larranaga continued to use a short rotation with only six players playing over three minutes as all five starters played at least 32 minutes.
The Minutemen were led by Terrell Vinson’s 14 points.
It is no coincidence that the Hurricanes are playing better basketball now with the return of veteran guard Durand Scott, who missed the first two games of the season while serving a suspension. Scott returned to the lineup with Miami starting the year 2-1, including a 63-51 loss to Florida Gulf Coast University.
UM is now 3-0 with Scott in the lineup. The Hurricanes have won all their games with Scott by an average of 12 points. He is currently averaging 15 points per game while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Miami will have some time off over the next week to take their final exams as the next game for the Hurricanes is on Friday, December 14th at 7 P.M. in the Bank United Center against Charlotte.
SCORING: Larkin 5-9 2-3 14, Scott 6-13 3-4 15, McKinney-Jones 3-5 1-2 8, Kadji 4-8 2-4 13, Johnson 6-13 7-8 19, Brown 1-3 3-4 6, Jekiri 0-0 0-0 0, Gamble 0-1 0-0 0. Team 25-52 19-25 75.
3-POINTERS: Larkin 2-3, Kadji 2-5, McKinney-Jones 1-2, Brown 1-3, Scott 0-2. Team 6-15.
HIGH REBOUNDER: Johnson 13.
HIGH ASSIST: Scott 4.