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Brown Scores 22 as UM Beats BC

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Rion Brown has struggled offensively for most of the season after ending last year on a positive note.

Rion Brown knocked down five 3-pointers off the bench for Miami.

Brown, who was coming off his first scoreless game of the season, tied a career-high with 22 points to help lead the No. 8 Miami Hurricanes to their 10th consecutive victory with a 72-50 win over Boston College on Tuesday.

"I just got in the gym, got up shots and today my teammates did a great job of finding me," said Brown, who made 5 of 7 from behind the arc. "They kept passing me the ball and I kept knocking them down."

Brown, a junior reserve guard, came into the game averaging 5.8 points on 36 percent shooting from the floor and just 23 percent from 3-point distance.

"It's been a little bit of a struggle, but I try not to let it affect the rest of my game," Brown said.

Kenny Kadji scored 16 points for Miami including 10 in a two-minute in the second half, which included a pair of 3-pointers showing his versatility for a 6-foot-11 forward who can score inside and out.

"I don't care, I can do both," Kadji said. "It doesn't matter to me. Whatever the team needs. It really doesn't matter. Just call my name and I'll do it."

Durand Scott added 11, and Shane Larkin chipped in 10 for the Hurricanes, which have not lost since Christmas and have won six in a row over the Eagles.

"I think having great balance in your offense is really important," Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said. "Sharing the ball is really important and having enough weapons that the defense has to guard five guys out on the floor. As you saw tonight when they start help out inside the 3-point shot ends up appearing."

Kenny Kadji had 16 points in 21 minutes.

Miami (18-3, 9-0) holds a 2 1-2 game lead in the ACC through the mid-way point of the 18-game conference schedule. With their ninth win, the Hurricanes have already equaled their record for most wins in the ACC after going 9-7 last season.

Larranaga insists he's not thinking too far ahead.

"I've been at this a long time, the moment you get distracted--it's like driving your car and texting at the same time, it's too easy to get in an accident," Larranaga said.

The Hurricanes will look to extend their winning streak Saturday as they host North Carolina in their third sell-out of the season. Miami beat North Carolina 68-59 in Chapel Hill on Jan. 10.

"We are playing with a lot of confidence right now," Larkin said.

The blowout win was quite a contrast from the 60-59 win for Miami in Chestnut Hill as the Eagles never posed a serious threat as Miami held Boston College to 37 percent shooting (20 of 54).

"Our defense, we were just more active," center Julian Gamble said. "We had a lot more energy coming out of the gate and that's something we focused on the last couple of days. We know that our success comes from our preparation and attention to detail, that's something that we definitely got back to and will continue to do the rest of the way."

Scott’s dunk gave Miami a 12-5 lead before the Hurricanes went on a 13-3 run to take a commanding 25-10 lead. Brown made a pair of shots and Trey McKinney-Jones hit a 3 during the run, but Larkin had the most impressive play during the run as he weaved through traffic for a lay-up.

Boston College (10-12, 2-7) cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime on a 3-pointer by Lonnie Jackson to pull within 33-23.

The Eagles cut the deficit to six after the break, but Miami controlled the second half much like they did in the first with stingy defense and a balanced offense and went on a 17-4 run to put the game out of reach with Kadji leading the way.

Larkin’s 3-pointer with 7:11 left stretched Miami’s lead to 58-35 before the bench was eventually unloaded.

The Eagles have lost six of seven.

Notes: The 10-game winning streak is the longest since starting the 2007-08 season 12-0. … SG Trey McKinney-Jones, who was just 1 for 7, has been nursing a sore hip flexor and sprained his thumb Monday. "It was good timing to have Rion step up and play so well," Larranaga said. ... Kadji has now scored in double figures in 12 straight games averaging a team-high 15.3 points during the stretch. … Former Hurricane running back Clinton Portis and basketball standout Jack McClinton were in attendance. … Faith Baptist PF Demetrius Henry named Miami in his final three along with South Carolina and South Florida.

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