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.”
NO. 9 MICHIGAN STATE 64, NO. 23 MICHIGAN 54
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.