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January 16, 2013

Nailbiter come-from-behind win keeps Canes perfect in ACC

At Boston College on Wednesday night the Hurricanes found themselves down by one point with a minute remaining.

And those final 60 seconds were hair-raising.

A Rion Brown jumper missed, and after a Durand Scott foul BC missed the front end of a one-and-one. Scott was then fouled driving to the basket, and with 25.7 seconds left he made both to put UM up, 58-57.

The Eagles got the ball back and Scott drew an offensive foul with 15.6 seconds to go. With 10.6 second remaining Scott was fouled and made both to give the Hurricanes a 60-57 lead.

But with 0.5 seconds to go Scott fouled Olivier Hanlan shooting a three - it was Scott's fifth foul. The freshman went to the line needing to hit all three for overtime.

He hit the first.

And the second.

But missed the third.

The Hurricanes won and improved to 4-0 in the ACC, 60-59.

"We have to continue grinding," Scott said after the win. "I knew we needed something going to the basket (when he was fouled with 25.7 seconds to go). I went to the line, knocked the free throws down.

"It was crazy, definitely was a foul (on the three at the end) - it was a bad decision by me. The last thing I said coming out of the huddle was `don't foul.' But we came out with a `W.'

Scott led UM with 15 points, Kenny Kadji had 14 points, and UM's other double-digit scorer was Trey McKinney-Jones with 11.

Miami hit on 41.5 percent of its shots (seven of 18 threes); BC made 43.5 percent (eight of 22 threes).

An 11-0 BC run midway through the second half helped give the Eagles a six-point lead from which UM battled back (the Eagles' biggest second half lead was seven).

With NC State losing, Miami is now in first place in the ACC.

"Congratulations to us," Scott said with a laugh.

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