The Miami Hurricanes won 74-56 over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at home Saturday. The game was tied at halftime, but the Hurricanes dominated in defense and scoring in the second half to pull off the victory.
Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott both had 18 points in the game. Scott wasn't sure if he was going to play until half an hour before tipoff. He was in a collision late in the North Carolina game where he landed awkwardly on his left leg. The MRI was negative. "Coming into this game I felt ok, I didn't feel 100%." He had a slow start, but "got better as the game progressed. ... I just wanted to go out there and just play as hard as I could for my team and my coach." Kadji and Scott combined for five three-pointers. Kadji had the first points for the Canes in both halves and also had two major dunks.
Rion Brown also had a good game with eleven points, including an impressive off-balance shot and an alley-oop from Durand Scott.
The game was tied at 34 at the half, but Coach Jim Larranaga explained, "The difference between the first half and the second half was our defense." Wake Forest shot 52% in field goals in the first half. The defense was stout and Miami went on a 13-0 run. Larranaga also said a key to the game was sharing the ball. The Hurricanes had 20 assists. The team had 12 three-point shots. Larranaga predicted that they would need 10 to win the game.
Garrius Adams made his return today after a knee injury which he had surgery for back in January. This was his first playing time since Jan 2. He had six points on the day and one assist to a dunk by Kenny Kadji. "He was terrific," commented Larranaga. "He looked like he did back in December before the injury sidelined him." The team looked into the possibility of getting a medical redshirt for Adams, a junior, but he was ineligible.
The Hurricanes have been playing with the acronym WIN, What's Important Now. Their game today proved they are playing every game to the fullest. When asked if he thinks Miami is an NCAA team, Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzedlik didn't hesitate "Yes, I do." The Hurricanes know they have the potential to go the the tournament. "Of course it's a goal and it's a dream, but you can't deal with the future unless we take care of the present and today was the present," Scott spoke on the team's mindset.
The Hurricanes play next in a road game against the Maryland Terrapins 8 p.m. Tuesday.