No. 8 Miami Increases Their Winning Streak to 10 With Slaughter of Boston College

Steve Mitchell – USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 Miami defeated Boston College on Feb. 5 by a final score of 72-50. The primary advantage for Miami on paper was their clear size advantage. However, forwards Kenny Kadji and Julian Gamble were sidelined early with two first half fouls. Shortly after they sat, center Reggie Johnson also received his second foul and joined them, sitting beside head coach Jim Larranaga with about two minutes remaining in the first half.

The size handicap of the Eagles had been neutralized, but even if the Hurricanes can’t go to their post, their perimeter players usually flourish. Guards Shane Larkin and Durand Scott can penetrate with their athleticism or shoot from deep. Also, guard/forward Trey McKinney Jones can get hot in a hurry and knock them down from outside.

By the end of the first half, BC was able to cut the lead to 10 points. The key to Miami’s first half lead was their superior ability on the boards, where they out-rebounded BC 22-to-9. It also didn’t help that Boston College forward Ryan Anderson went 3-for-6 from the free throw line and forward Eddie Odio shot 0-for-3 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.

As the second half opened, the Hurricanes’ bigs were ready to return. It looked like BC had a boost of momentum, pulling themselves to within six, but Kadji came out strong and snuffed their glimmer of hope.

In the first 4:05 of the second half, Kadji scored ten consecutive Miami points, including a four-point play. This run increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 14 points. Miami never looked back.

BC freshman guard Joe Rahon was coming off a 26-point performance in a win against Clemson on Feb. 2, but he struggled to find his offense against Miami. Rahon went 0-for-4 from the field scoring no points.

The Eagles’ top three offensive contributors are underclassmen in Anderson, Rahon and Olivier Hanlan. Against an experienced Miami Hurricanes squad, Boston College didn’t stand a chance. Anderson finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and just one turnover.

Kadji finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds. Miami also had a spark off the bench in junior guard Rion Brown, who shot 5-for-7 from 3-point land and finished with 22 points.

Miami will face the University of North Carolina on Feb. 9. If they come out of that game with a win, they have a chance to break in as a top five team in the NCAA.

 

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