Johnson leads Miami past No. 7 Duke in OT
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — 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 No. 7 Duke on Sunday.
Johnson added a season-high 12 rebounds and was a handful all game for the Blue Devils to deal with. 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.
No. 23 Michigan falls at No. 9 Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Every time Trey Burke was poised to drive the lane, it seemed a white jersey was in his way.
And when Tim Hardaway Jr. tried to shoot Michigan back in the game in the second half, the Wolverines instead fell further behind.
Burke and Hardaway were a combined 5 of 21 from the field, and No. 23 Michigan couldn’t overcome its backcourt struggles in Sunday’s 64-54 loss at No. 9 Michigan State. The Wolverines lost to the Spartans for the first time in four meetings and remain stuck in a win-one, lose-one rut as the Big Ten season heads toward the home stretch.
“Sometimes we’re on, sometimes we’re off,” Burke said. “They were just a better team today.”
Burke had 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, but the 5-foot-11 point guard struggled to create anything in the lane after scoring 20 points in a win over the Spartans last month.
Hardaway had an even rougher afternoon. He went 1 for 10 and finished with only four points while the Michigan State fans taunted him with chants of “Not like daddy!” in the second half. Hardaway’s father, the former NBA player, was sitting behind the Michigan bench.