Thursday, March 15, 2012

Miami Advances In NIT, Scott To Sit Four More Games

BROWN (Carl Juste/Miami Herald)
MIAMI 66, Valparaiso (Crusaders, 4,061 students, Valparaiso, IN) 50 -- Rion Brown scored 18 points to lead Miami over Valpo last night in the opening round of the NIT without leading scorer Durant Scott.  It was announced that Scott will be suspended six games including last night’s and the Canes one ACC tournament game.

Miami shot 49% from the field and made 10 of 22 three-pointers.

Game over. 

The Hurricanes stretched a four-point lead and finished the game with a 16-0 run over the final 3:41. Malcolm Grant and Shane Larkin keyed the run with consecutive three-pointers.

Larkin scored 12 points and Trey McKinney Jones finished with 10 for Miami (20-12), which advances to a second-round matchup Sunday against Minnesota.
  
Brown shot 6 of 11 from the field, including 4 for 7 from beyond the arc.

Ryan Broekhoff and Will Bogan each hit 3-pointers to lead a 9-0 run for Valparaiso (22-12). Richie Edwards' jumper with 6:50 remaining ended the surge and got the Crusaders within 48-45.

Broekhoff scored 18 points and Richie Edwards finished with 16 for the under-manned Crusaders, who used only six players.

"The score was not an indication of how close the game was," Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew said. "I thought twice today Miami gave us a standing eight count and our guys immediately came right back."

Miami was without leading scorer Scott, who began serving a six-game suspension after being declared ineligible last week for receiving impermissible benefits. 

"We talked to Durand to let him know what the circumstances were," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "He handled it with great class."

The Crusaders were without guards Jay Harris and Matt Kenney, who missed the game because of flu symptoms.

"We only have seven scholarship players available and we really didn't have many choices as a coaching staff," Drew said. "But I was extremely proud of the six guys. They gave themselves a chance to win."

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