Miami Hoops Falls to No. 2 Syracuse
Despite an ACC career-high 16 points from freshman Davon Reed and 13 points from senior Rion Brown, the Canes fell at home to the No. 2 ranked Syracuse Orange, 64-52.
No. 2 Syracuse held Miami without a basket for 7 1/2 minutes down the stretch Saturday and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten.
Miami led 47-46 with less than 7 minutes to go but made only one field goal the rest of the way.
Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) needs one more victory to tie the school record for most wins to start a season, set two years ago. The ACC newcomers beat defending league champion Miami (10-9, 2-5) for the second time in three weeks.
Jerami Grant scored 16 points to lead the Orange, who had a 39-24 rebounding advantage.
Miami kept the game close by shooting 9 of 17 from 3-point range. Their bench also attributed for 22 of the Canes’ points.
Starters: Rion Brown, Manu Lecomte, Donnavan Kirk, Tonye Jekiri, Garrius Adams.
Rion Brown’s two-handed put back dunk resulted in the game’s first points.
After falling behind 26-8, Miami went on an 11-0 run to climb back into the ballgame. They finished the half on an 18-5 run to pull within five.
Miami has played back-to-back contests against the two winningest coaches in college basketball, Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski.
Five of Miami’s nine first half baskets were three pointers.
Rion Brown has recorded seven or more rebounds in 10 games this year. He finished the Syracuse game with eight rebounds.
Davon Reed set an ACC career high with 16 points. His previous high was 10 against Virginia Tech.
The Canes shot 53 percent from behind the arc.
SOURCE: Miami Athletics
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