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February 17, 2013

Kadji late 3 saves Canes at Clemson

With two minutes remaining tonight at Clemson, it appeared the Hurricanes were likely to lose their first ACC game of the season.

Miami, which struggled to score points throughout, trailed 42-38, and after a Shane Larkin missed three the Tigers had the ball. But Clemson missed the front end of a one-and-one. A three-point play by Rion Brown was followed by a Clemson free throw, and then a wide open Kenny Kadji three put UM in front, 44-43, with 36 seconds remaining.

The Tigers had three chances to tie or take the lead, but an offensive foul, missed layup and tip that didn't roll in gave Miami the 45-43 victory.

A Trey McKinney Jones free throw with eight seconds to go provided the final margin.

The victory means UM will jump Duke, which lost its last game, to advance from its No. 3 national ranking.

Miami improves to 21-3 overall and 12-0 in the conference; Clemson is 13-12 and 5-8 in ACC play.

The Hurricanes struggled to score, shooting just 34.6 percent (25.9 in the first half). The only double digit scorer for Miami was Kadji with 12 on five of 11 shooting. Julian Gamble contributed eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Durand SCott had 11 rebounds but made just one of eight shots. He also sat much of the first half with foul trouble.

Miami hit on just three of 19 three-pointers.

Clemson had its own scoring issues, hitting on 30.4 percent (four of 17 threes).

Hurting the Tigers' cause: The team made good on just five of 13 free throws while the Canes made six of seven. Clemson also missed 16 of its first 17 shots.

UM led early, 8-2, and by two at halftime, 18-16. Neither team led by more than five the rest of the way.

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