Miami’s starters against the Orange: Ja’Quan Newton, Bruce Brown, Davon Reed, Anthony Lawrence and Kamari Murphy. Miami is now 4-3 with those players in the starting lineup.
Redshirt senior forward Kamari Murphy recorded his sixth career double-double and fourth of the season. Returning to his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., Murphy finished the afternoon with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. He has scored double digit points in six of the last nine games.
Freshman guard DJ Vasiljevic finished the afternoon making three shots from beyond the arc, on his way to 13 points. In his first matchup against the Orange, Vasiljevic knocked down a freshman tying record, six shots from three and a season-high 18 points. Overall, against the Orange he has knocked down a team-high nine 3-pointers and has scored 31 points.
Miami opened the game shooting 61.9-percent (13-21) from the field in the opening half. This marks the fourth time Miami has shot at least 60-percent from the field this season, most recently shooting 9-of-15 (60.0%) in the second half against Georgia Tech on Feb. 15.
As a team, the Canes shot 6-of-11 (54.5%) from beyond the arc, as senior guard Davon Reed led the way with 10 first half points, to go along with three defensive rebounds.
With 14 points this afternoon, Davon Reed has scored in double digits a team-best 26 times this season, including 23 of the last 27 games. Reed has hit at least one shot from long range in every game but vs. Duke, with multiple threes in 21 contests, after knocking down three today.
Miami led Syracuse 36-28 at the half, which marked the 22nd time this season the Canes have held the halftime lead. Miami owns a 19-3 record when leading at the break.
The Hurricanes entered the ACC Tournament as the No. 9 seed for the fourth time, while facing off against the Orange for the first time. UM improved to 2-2 all-time as the nine seed.
Recording five rebounds this afternoon, freshman guard Bruce Brown has grabbed at least four rebounds in 25 of 31 games.
Miami improves to 8-17 all-time against Syracuse, and 3-3 under head coach Jim Larrañaga.