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Hurricanes win 11th straight

Shane Larkin, looking to pass around Marcus Paige in the first half, leads Miami with 18 points and a career-high nine assists.

Associated Press

Shane Larkin, looking to pass around Marcus Paige in the first half, leads Miami with 18 points and a career-high nine assists.

CORAL GABLES — Miami played so well Saturday, it earned a standing ovation from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

With the Heat stars watching from the front row, the No. 8 Hurricanes put on another show at home, tying a school record with 15 3-pointers and winning their 11th straight game, beating North Carolina 87-61.

Sophomore Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the ACC leaders, who built margins of 9-0 and 44-27 en route to another rout. They improved to 11-0 at home, where each of the past four wins have been by at least 22 points.

"It's crazy; I see how great of a team we can be," Miami guard Durand Scott said. "We're just rolling."

Such success is unprecedented for the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0), who set a school record for ACC victories in a season with eight games to go. They are the last unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences.

North Carolina, which began the season 18-2 against the Hurricanes, lost to them for the second time in four weeks. Since the formation of the ACC in 1953, Miami is the first team to beat both Duke and UNC by at least 25 points in one season, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

"Everybody from North Carolina always thinks it's just about North Carolina," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. "It's not. Miami is pretty dadgum good."

Word is spreading, and the attendance-challenged Hurricanes sold out a game for the third in the past four home games. James and Wade, accompanied by teammate James Jones, were on their feet several times to join the cheers.

Coach Jim Larranaga said he received a phone call early in the week requesting tickets for the Heat players.

"I told them, 'Sorry, it's sold out.' But then we said, 'We think we can fit you in.' For our recruiting purposes, it gives us a lot of credibility when we tell them we're a hot ticket in town and our program is headed in the right direction," he said.

Michigan stunned

MADISON, Wis. — When Ben Brust tied the score at the end of regulation with a shot from just inside midcourt, Mike Bruesewitz looked over at Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and saw something unusual.

His coach had both his arms in the air.

"You know when he shows some emotion, you've done something pretty special," Bruesewitz said.

Brust then hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin beat No. 3 Michigan 65-62.

"It was awesome, something I'll remember forever, and I'm sure a lot of people will," Brust said of the game, which ended with students storming the court and Bruesewitz taking the public address announcer's microphone to thank the crowd as students celebrated around him.

The Wolverines (21-3, 8-3 Big Ten) became the third top-three team to lose last week, after No. 1 Indiana and No. 2 Florida.

OKLA. 72, NO. 5 KANSAS 66: Romero Osby had 17 points for the host Sooners, who sent the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3) to their first three-game skid in eight years.

NO. 6 GONZAGA 74, LMU 55: Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk had 20 points each for the host Bulldogs (23-2, 10-0 West Coast).

NO. 12 MICH. ST. 78, PURDUE 65: Branden Dawson had 20 points for the visiting Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten), who have won nine of their past 10 games.

NO. 13 KANSAS ST. 79, IOWA ST. 70: Rodney McGruder had 22 points for the host Wildcats (19-4, 8-2 Big 12), now alone in first place in the conference.

NO. 14 BUTLER 59, GW 56: Rotnei Clark had 14 points for the Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10), who nearly blew a 17-point lead by going the last 7½ minutes without a field goal before snapping a two-game road skid.

UNLV 64, NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 55: Anthony Bennett had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Runnin' Rebels to a much-needed win over the Lobos (20-4, 7-2 MWC) after two straight losses.

NO. 23 PITT 62, NO. 17 UC 52: Tray Woodall had 14 points for the visiting Panthers (20-5, 8-4 Big East), whose conference-best defense held the Bearcats (18-6, 6-5) without a field goal over the final 9:21 en route to their seventh win in eight games.

NO. 19 OREGON 73, UTAH 64: E.J. Singler had 21 points for the host Ducks (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12), who overcame a poor start to end their three-game losing streak.

NO. 20 G'TOWN 69, RUTGERS 63: Markel Starks had 20 points and Otto Porter had 15 of his 19 in the second half for the visiting Hoyas (17-4, 7-3 Big East), who have won five straight and seven of eight.

NO. 21 MIssouri 98, OLE MISS 79: Alex Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds and three blocks for the host Tigers (17-6, 6-4 SEC).

NO. 22 OKLA. ST. 72, TEXAS 59: Marcus Smart had 23 points for the visiting Cowboys (17-5, 7-3 Big 12), who sputtered offensively for long stretches but used their tough defense to clamp down.

NO. 24 MARQUETTE 89, DEPAUL 78: Vander Blue had 18 points for the host Golden Eagles (17-5, 8-2 Big East), who moved one-half game ahead of Syracuse for first place in the conference.

State

UCF 83, ECU 73: Isaiah Sykes had 20 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple double this season for the host Knights (17-6, 7-2 C-USA).

UNCC 51, FAMU 43: Jeremy Ingram had 18 points and seven rebounds as the host Eagles handed the Rattlers (6-17, 3-6 MEAC) their third straight loss.

N.C. A&T 65, B-CU 55: Lamont Middleton had 17 points for the host Aggies, who shot 64.7 percent in the second half to pull away from Bethune-Cookman (9-15, 4-5 MEAC).

FLA. TECH 70, ECKERD 69: The visiting Panthers rallied from a 50-34 second-half deficit, going ahead on Chris Carter's three-point play to shock the Tritons (13-6, 6-5 Sunshine State).

LYNN 71, TAMPA 61: Kaleb Clyburn had 22 points for the visiting Knights, who held off a rally by the Spartans (16-7, 3-7 SSC) to sweep the season series.

SAINT LEO 65, BARRY 52: Trent Thomas had 19 points for the host Lions (17-4, 9-2 SSC), who clinched the first back-to-back winning conference seasons in program history.

Hurricanes win 11th straight 02/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 11:37pm]
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