Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday ACC Basketball

SCOTT (Miami Herald Photo)
MIAMI 78, #15 FLORIDA STATE 62 -- The Hurricanes and former George Mason coach Tom Larranaga needed a big win to enhance their Big Dance resume, and Sunday in Coral Gables, they got it despite another likely NCAA infraction.

Durand Scott scored 17 points and the Hurricanes beat Florida State on Sunday night, snapping a six-game losing streak to the rival Seminoles.

Miami had lost 11 of 12 against Florida State, which made this victory particularly sweet.
"It's our rivalry game," Scott said. "To get a quality win like that, it's great. And I'm sure the rest of the team feels the same way."

Kenny Kadji added 15 points for the short-handed Hurricanes (17-10, 8-6 ACC), who pulled into a tie with Virginia for fourth place in the conference standings.

Miami played without starting center Reggie Johnson, declared ineligible by the school an hour before the game after an investigation revealed members of his family had received benefits not allowed under NCAA rules. According to a statement released by the university, "Johnson was unaware of the benefits and his family was told they were permissible by a member of the former basketball coaching staff."

JOHNSON (Richard C. Lewis/Icon SMI)
Miami is seeking a quick resolution from the NCAA in an attempt to reinstate Johnson, who is averaging 10.6 points per game.

"It's my understanding that Reggie and his family didn't know of any impermissible benefit," coach Jim Larranaga said. "It was somebody else."

The Hurricanes used Johnson's absence as motivation.

"Just because one person goes down, you just can't quit," Scott said. "I'm pretty sure he wanted us to step up and do the things necessary that coach wants us to win basketball games."

Michael Snaer scored 20 points to lead third-place Florida State (19-9, 10-4).

The Hurricanes rallied from an eight-point deficit and took the lead for good with a 13-2 run in the final 4:34 of the first half. Scott scored seven points during the surge and his layup with 22 seconds remaining gave the Hurricanes a 24-20 lead at halftime.

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