Miami built a 21-point lead with 13 1/2 minutes left, then held on despite making only two baskets the rest of the way.
Sophomore Glen Rice Jr. scored a career-high 28 points for the Yellow Jackets, who shot a season-worst 27 percent. Miami foiled Georgia Tech’s bid to force overtime when Iman Shumpert was called for charging with 9 seconds left. (Really? A late game charge? He must of flat out run over the Miami guy ‘cause ACC refs don’t usually call that late in a game…)
The Hurricanes (13-9, 2-6 ACC) survived a tense finish after losing four consecutive games by a total of 11 points. The Yellow Jackets (10-11, 3-5) remained winless in seven road games this season and haven’t won an away game in the league since Jan. 16, 2010.
Reggie Johnson’s dunk with 13:37 left gave the Hurricanes their biggest advantage, 48-27. But Tech went to a full-court press that compounded the Hurricanes’ turnover trouble, and they made only one basket over the next 12 minutes.