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December 23, 2012

Hoops falls to No. 4 Ariziona, 69-50

No. 4 Arizona was too much for a Hurricanes team missing Reggie Johnson (thumb injury) on Sunday night at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

UM lost, 69-50.

The Wildcats are now 11-0; UM is 8-2.

Late in the first half Arizona opened up a 14-point lead, and that was extended in the second half. The lead was as much as 26 points with under three minutes remaining in the game.

Arizona shot 48.1 percent from the field (eight of 18 three-pointers); Miami hit on 36.5 percent of its shots (five of 19 threes).

Kenny Kadji led the Hurricanes with a season-high 19 points on nine of 15 shooting. Durand Scott scored 15 points on four of 11 shooting and had five turnovers and one assist. Shane Larkin added a season-high six steals along with 10 points.

As a team the Canes had just five assists.

Rion Brown hit on just one of nine shots while Julian Gamble and Trey McKinney Jones were a combined one-for-seven.

The Canes now will face Indiana State at 7:30 p.m. EST Dec. 25.


* This will be the first meeting between Miami and Indiana State. Catch the game on ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki.

* Miami forced No. 4/5 Arizona into 16 turnovers while swiping 14 steals from the Wildcats on Dec. 23. Shane Larkin led the UM charge with six steals, followed by three from Durand Scott. Miami averages 7.7 steals per game and forces opponents into 13.6 turnovers each outing.

* Four players - Durand Scott, Shane Larkin, Reggie Johnson - are averaging double-digit points this season and one - Trey McKinney Jones - is at 9.9 ppg. When three or more Canes score in double digits, Miami is 8-1. In six games this year, four or more Hurricanes have scored in double digits.

* Miami is receiving votes in national polls for the fifth week this season, as of Dec. 17. Miami was listed on both the AP and USA TODAY preseason polls for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when UM was ranked 17 and 16, respectively. In 2005-06 Miami was receiving votes in both preseason polls, with 16 from the AP and six in the USA TODAY listing.

* In all seven of his games this season, Durand Scott has scored at least 15 points. He has hit a pair of threes in each of the last three games and has recorded at least four assists in four of the last five games. Scott posted his first double-double of the season (third of his career) with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Charlotte.

* Sophomore Shane Larkin has drastically improved his scoring in his second year with the Canes, averaging 14.0 ppg through 10 games. A season ago, he was only posting 7.7 points per night through 10 games.

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