DURHAM, N.C. — Leave it to the biggest player on Miami’s roster to put the Hurricanes on his back and carry them to their most impressive victory in quite a while.Reggie Johnson — all 6-foot-10 and 284 pounds of him — scored five of his career-high 27 points in overtime of Miami’s 78-74 upset of Duke No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP on Sunday.
Miami outrebounded them 48-43 and outscored them 38-26 in the paint.”I feel I had the hot hand the whole game,” Johnson said, adding that first-year coach Jim Larranaga “was trying to ride me a whole lot. My teammates found me in good positions — catch and score.”Kenny Kadji added 15 points for the Hurricanes 14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference, who blew a 16-point lead in the second half, then regrouped to claim their first big victory for their new coach.”To come in here and play with the kind of poise we did, play the kind of defense we did — especially in the first half and in the overtime — was something that we can be very, very proud of,” Larranaga said.
That poise gave Miami its first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium and just its second win over Duke since joining the ACC. The Hurricanes are on their first four-game winning streak since 2008 and have won three consecutive ACC road games for the first time.