Hurricanes shock Blue Devils

Miami stuns Duke

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 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 Duke 48-43 and outscored the Blue Devils 38-26 in the paint.

“I feel I had the hot hand the whole game,” Johnson said. “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 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,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said.

Seth Curry scored 22 points and Austin Rivers added 20 for the Blue Devils (19-4, 6-2).

“A Duke team should play with energy for 40 minutes, or 45,” Duke coach Krzyzewski said. “Go outside right now and you look at the banners – there are quite a few of them up there. They were not won without energy, without hunger, with no complacency, with people really wanting it.

“And we’ve wanted it a lot, and we’ve won a lot. We’re supposed to play hard and with energy all the time. Those are givens. Those should be givens.”



In East Lansing, Mich., Draymond Green had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead Michigan State over Michigan, backing up his guarantee of a victory.

The Spartans (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten) ended a three-game skid in the rivalry and moved into sole possession of second place in the conference behind No. 3 Ohio State.

The Wolverines (17-7, 7-4) haven’t won or lost consecutive games in nearly a month.

Green played, as he promised, with a sprained left knee and had the best game of his career in the series.

Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. had a season-low four points.



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