Reggie Johnson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Durand Scott added 15 points and seven boards as they teamed up to lead Miami (FL) to a 67-59 upset victory over No. 14 Michigan State on Wednesday at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
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FINAL: Reggie Johnson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Durand Scott added 15 points and seven boards as they teamed up to lead Miami (FL) to a 67-59 upset victory over No. 14 Michigan State on Wednesday at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
Miami (4-1) took control of the game right after halftime. The Hurricanes trailed 31-27 with 19:25 in the game, but a 14-2 run allowed them to take an eight-point lead early in the second half. Trey McKinney Jones had a quality shooting game, nailing 5-of-8 shots from the field and scoring 18 points.
Miami hit 48 percent of its field goals (21-of-44). The Hurricanes were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 56 percent (9-of-16). Keith Appling contributed 15 points, yanked down six rebounds, and dished out four assists for Michigan State (5-2) in the game. The Spartans also got solid contributions from Branden Dawson, who scored 11 and Gary Harris, who scored 12.
Miami won the free throw battle, shooting 89 percent (16-of-18) from the charity stripe, compared to 45 percent (5-of-11) for Michigan State. With the victory, the Hurricanes snapped the Spartans’ five-game winning streak.
HALFTIME: Michigan State is dominating the rebounding battle so far, with a 18-12 margin, and Spartans have a 31-27 lead over Miami (FL). Neither team has been able to take control of the game thus far. The Hurricanes and No. 14 Michigan State traded the lead nine times in the first half. Miami fired often and fired with accuracy from distance, hitting 50 percent (4-of-8) of its three-point attempts.
The Spartans had seven offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities. Eight Michigan State players scored in the first half. The Hurricanes’ Durand Scott had a big first half, with 11 points and five rebounds. Gary Harris is putting together a nice game so far for Michigan State. The freshman has five points and five rebounds.
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