Larkin leads Miami over Virginia Tech

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Updated: February 27, 2013

Shane Larkin scored 22 points and dished
out six assists, while Kenny Kadji added 20 points and six rebounds, as No. 5
Miami opened up a big lead by the half and cruised the rest of the way past
Virginia Tech, 76-58.

Trey McKinney Jones added 11 points for the Hurricanes (23-4, 14-1 ACC), who
played with purpose after suffering their first conference loss of the season
over the weekend at Wake Forest.

Erick Green led Virginia Tech (12-16, 3-12) with 16 points, while C.J.
Barksdale added 12 points and seven boards for the Hokies, who have lost 10 of
11.

The Hurricanes came out with an abundance of energy, jumping to a 9-2 lead
after four straight points from Larkin. Once the initial surge subsided, the
Hurricanes hit a lull, and the Hokies clawed back within 15-14 on Green’s
jumper with just under 10 minutes to go.

The momentum swings continued, but this time, Miami’s flurry wasn’t fleeting.
Durand Scott’s two free throws kicked off a 23-5 scoring stretch to end the
half. Larkin’s layup gave Miami its first double-digit lead at 26-16, and
Kadji’s trey opened a 33-18 advantage.

The Hokies made just one field goal on 10 attempts in the final 9:53, allowing
Miami to expand out to a 38-19 lead with McKinney Jones’ tip-in in the closing
seconds.

Miami kept its collective foot on the pedal in the second half, opening a
62-37 lead on Rion Brown’s three-pointer just before the 10-minute mark. That
margin was the high-water mark, but the Hurricanes were never threatened
throughout the second half.

Game Notes

Scott was benched at the game’s outset because he was late to a Wednesday
morning shootaround … Miami leads the all-time series, 13-10 … Virginia
Tech fell to 2-7 on the road this season … Miami hade 50 percent of its
shots, while Virginia Tech converted on 39.6 percent of its attempts.