Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hokies can't hold off streaking Miami

Virginia Tech fell for the seventh time in nine games after leading in the second half.

Virginia Tech's Jarell Eddie (left) and Miami's Trey McKinney battle for control of a loose ball.

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Virginia Tech's Jarell Eddie (left) and Miami's Trey McKinney battle for control of a loose ball.

Virginia Tech's Robert Brown (left) tries to steal the ball from Miami's Durand Scott during the first half Wednesday night.

Virginia Tech's Robert Brown (left) tries to steal the ball from Miami's Durand Scott during the first half Wednesday night.

Virginia Tech Hokies basketball

Berman Courtside

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech will enter February on a three-game losing streak.

Miami will begin the month on an eight-game winning streak.

The Hokies led in the second half, but No. 14 Miami recovered for a 73-64 win at Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0 ACC), who are atop the ACC standings, went 8-0 in January.

Tech (11-9, 2-5), which led 32-29 at halftime, lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Each team's point guard excelled.

Erick Green, the nation's scoring leader, scored 30 points for the Hokies. He was 11 of 20 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

Sophomore point guard Shane Larkin, the son of former Cincinnati Reds great Barry Larkin, had 25 points for Miami.

Larkin went on a personal 7-0 run at the end of the first half to cut the Hokies' lead to 32-29.

Miami began the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 38-34 lead with 15:41 remaining.

Green then sank three 3-pointers in a 9-3 run to give Tech a 43-41 lead.

After Trey McKinney-Jones made a 3-pointer to give Miami a 44-43 lead, Tech's Cadarian Raines scored to give Tech a 45-44 edge with 11:43 to go. Raines was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

The Hurricanes then went on a 10-0 run to grab a 54-45 lead with 8:14 to go. They led the rest of the way. Miami began the run with 3-pointers by Larkin and Rion Brown.

Tech made five straight free throws to cut the lead to 60-56 with 2:14 left.

But Miami answered with a 7-0 run for a 67-56 cushion. Larkin began the run with a 3-pointer.

Miami finished with nine 3-pointers, tying its season high.

Forward Kenny Kadji scored 18 points for Miami, with McKinney-Jones adding 12 points.

The Hokies sank 10 3-pointers but hurt themselves with 17 turnovers.

Tech was just 6 of 11 from the free-throw line.

Raines had six of his 10 points in the second half.

Jarell Eddie had 14 points for Tech, including eight points in the first half. He was 4 of 5 from the field, including 3 of 4 in the first half.

Tech guard Robert Brown, who came off the bench for the second straight game, scored eight points in the first half but none in the second half. He was 3 of 3 from the field in the first half but 0 of 2 in the second half.

The Hokies shot 54.2 percent from the field in the first half. Green, Brown and Eddie combined for 28 of Tech's 32 points in the half. Green, Brown, Eddie and Raines were a combined 13 of 16 from the field in the half.

Tech had not made more than five 3-pointers in any of the past four games, but it was 5 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half Wednesday.

Thanks to four 3-pointers, the Hokies jumped to a 16-10 lead.

Up 18-14, the Hokies went on a 10-2 run to increase the lead to 28-16 with 5:53 to go in the first half. Green had six points in the run.

The Hokies entered the game ranked 314th out of 345 Division I teams in scoring defense (74.3 ppg).

It was Virginia Tech's third straight game against one of the top three teams in the ACC in scoring defense. Miami entered the game ranked third in the league in that category, allowing just 58.1 points per game.

Tech coach James Johnson tweaked his lineup, starting center Joey van Zegeren instead of Raines.

MIAMI (16-3)

Kadji 6-10 5-7 18, Gamble 1-1 0-0 2, Larkin 9-14 2-3 25, Scott 2-10 1-2 5, McKinney Jones 4-9 2-2 12, Brown 2-5 0-0 5, Jekiri 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 26-54 12-16 73.

VIRGINIA TECH (11-9)

Van Zegeren 1-5 0-0 2, Eddie 4-5 3-3 14, Barksdale 0-4 0-0 0, Rankin 0-5 0-0 0, Green 11-20 3-4 30, Brown 3-5 0-0 8, Raines 5-6 0-1 10, Beyer 0-1 0-0 0, Racer 0-0 0-0 0, Wood 0-2 0-3 0. Totals 24-53 6-11 64.

Halftime-Virginia Tech 32-29. 3-Point Goals-Miami 9-24 (Larkin 5-10, McKinney Jones 2-5, Kadji 1-1, Brown 1-4, Scott 0-4), Virginia Tech 10-20 (Green 5-8, Eddie 3-3, Brown 2-3, Beyer 0-1, Wood 0-1, Rankin 0-4). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Miami 33 (Johnson 10), Virginia Tech 29 (Raines 8). Assists-Miami 12 (McKinney Jones 4), Virginia Tech 11 (Brown 4). Total Fouls-Miami 12, Virginia Tech 18. A-5,436.

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