CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Miami Hurricanes played so well on Saturday they earned a standing ovation from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
With the Heat stars watching from the front row, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes put on another show at home, making a school record-tying 15 3-pointers and extending their winning streak to 11 games by beating North Carolina 87-61.
Sophomore Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders, who built margins of 9-0 and 44-27 en route to another rout. The Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0) 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.”
North Carolina (16-7, 6-4), which began the season 18-2 against the Hurricanes, lost to them for the second time in four weeks.
“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.”
The Hurricanes made 13 of their first 19 3-point tries and finished 15 for 26 from beyond the arc.
Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott each had 17 points and six rebounds for the Hurricanes.
Reggie Bullock led the Tar Heels with 14 points.
WAKE FOREST 71,
FLORIDA STATE 46
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Travis McKie scored 15 points to help Wake Forest (11-12, 4-7), beat Florida State (13-10, 5-5), snapping a four-game losing streak.
C.J. Harris added 14 for the Demon Deacons, who led the entire afternoon on the way to matching their league win total for all of last season.
Michael Snaer and Okaro White each scored 13 for the Seminoles, who shot just 25 percent (6 of 24) after halftime and managed just one field goal over a 9-minute span as the Demon Deacons pulled away.