The University of Miami picked up their signature win of the 2011-12 season with a 78-74 overtime win at No. 5 Duke on Sunday afternoon.
The win was Miami's first ever victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium and it didn't come easy.
UM (14-7, 5-3) was leading by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the Blue Devils picked up their defensive intensity and forced Miami to play out of control for the majority of the second half. Duke worked its way back into the game and took a 66-65 lead with three minutes left in the game.
In the overtime, Duke (19-4, 6-2) missed four early free throws as Miami jumped out to a 75-69 lead. Duke surged back to score five straight points. With 12-seconds remaining in the game, Dequan Jones made two free-throws to give the Hurricanes a 77-74 lead.
Miami's big man duo of center Reggie Johnson and power forward Kenny Kadji efficiently dominated the paint. Johnson totaled 27 points (11-17 FG) while pulling down 12 rebounds (eight offensive) and Kadji scored 15 points while making four three-pointers and totaling eight rebounds.
The win was big for a Hurricanes team that is looking to build a strong NCAA Tournament resume during ACC play. Miami has won four straight ACC games and a conference record of 5-3. Many experts believe ACC teams will need a conference record of 9-7 to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Miami went into halftime with a 42-28 lead. The Hurricanes took a decisive lead at halftime when they closed the final eight minutes of the first half with a 23-6 run.
In the first half, UM's interior players dominated the Blue Devils. Johnson led Miami at halftime with ten points and three rebounds while Kadji totaled nine points and five rebounds. Forward Dequan Jones scored nine points and had six rebounds off the bench.
The Miami defense caused the Blue Devils to play at a frantic pace in the first half. Miami limited Duke to 36 percent shooting in the first half while forcing ten turnovers.
In the second half Duke found their offensive rhythm and picked up their intensity on defense. The Hurricanes built a 14 point lead early in the second half, but Duke chipped away to cut Um's lead to 55-53 with just eight minutes remaining.
Duke took a 66-65 lead, their first lead of the second half, with 2:50 remaining on a Seth Curry jumpshot. Miami and Duke traded baskets from that point on as regulation ended with the score tied at 69.
Miami will take on Virginia Tech (13-10, 2-6) Thursday night at home at 9 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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