No. 3 Miami extends unbeaten run in ACC

McClatchy news servicesFebruary 18, 2013 

Kenny Kadji scored 12 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to keep No. 3 Miami (21-3 overall, 12-0 ACC) perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference play after a 45-43 victory over Clemson (13-12, 5-8).

The Hurricanes finished with their fewest points of the season, and their high-scoring guard duo of Durand Scott and Shane Larkin were a held to a combined 3-of-16 shooting for 10 points. Still, Miami was able to pull out its 13th win in a row thanks to Kadji’s wide-open 3-pointer.

The Hurricanes hugged each other when the horn marked the end of the game, grateful to escape and continue the league’s longest undefeated start since Duke went 16-0 in 1998-99.

Freshman Jordan Roper had a career-high 19 points for the host Tigers. Devin Booker added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

At No. 4 Michigan 79, Penn State 71: Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points and freshman Glen Robinson III matched a career high with 21 to help the Wolverines (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) escape with a win over the Nittany Lions (8-17, 0-13).

Michigan trailed for much of the first 20 minutes against a last-place team without a conference win.

Penn State led by as many as eight in the first half. The Lions went ahead 7-plus minutes into the game and had the lead until Burke made a tying, off-balance fadeaway with 55 seconds to go in the first half.

Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 18, giving Michigan the third scoring option it needed to avoid an upset.

No. 12 Louisville 59, at South Florida 41: Russ Smith scored 15 points and the Cardinals (21-5, 9-4 Big East) defeated the Bulls (10-15, 1-12) to stay within a game of first place in the Conference.

Smith, Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware did all the scoring for Louisville during a 22-3 run in the first half. Smith finished with six rebounds and four assists for the Cardinals, who have won four of five.

Blackshear’s 3-pointer tied it at 11-all with 12:58 remaining in the first half and launched the decisive rally. Smith scored the final seven points of the spurt, which left Louisville with a 30-14 lead.

JaVontae Hawkins’ 3-pointer provided USF’s only points in a 9-minute span. Jawanza Poland scored 11 points for the Bulls, who shot 24.5 percent and lost their eighth game in a row.

At No. 20 Wisconsin 71, No. 13 Ohio State 49: Ben Brust and Jared Berggren each scored 15 points as the Badgers (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) upended the Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5) in a rout.

Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 13 points and Traevon Jackson added 10 for Wisconsin.

DeShaun Thomas led Ohio State with 18 points and the Buckeyes dropped into fifth place in the Big Ten.

The win kept the Badgers tied with Michigan for third in the conference, two games behind co-leaders Indiana and Michigan State.

Wisconsin put Ohio State in a hole early and never let the Buckeyes climb out of it. Ohio State, which started with 3-for-18 field goal accuracy, could not recover.

The Badgers took control with an 18-0 run in the first half that lasted more than 7 minutes and put them up 24-6. Wisconsin led by as many as 26 points in the second half.

The 17-point halftime deficit was the Buckeyes’ largest since March 2007 against Tennessee.

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