Blown Away

Durand Scott scored 27 points to lead Miami to an 86-73 victory over Ole Miss on Tuesday night.

Miami (5-2) nearly wasted a 30-point halftime lead as the Rebels outscored the Hurricanes 29-8 during a late second-half run. Chris Warren hit consecutive 3-pointers, reducing the Miami lead to 79-70 with 4:10 remaining.

"I told them at halftime, really, we have a couple of choices," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. "You can go accept this, or you can go out and play these 20 minutes like it's 0-0 and at least walk out with your pride. I felt like we did that."

Scott converted four free throws in the next 1:25 to secure the Hurricanes' victory.

Reggie Johnson and Adrian Thomas each scored 17 points for Miami. Johnson also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Andy Kennedy

Warren paced the Rebels (3-2) with 23 points. The senior guard was 8 of 17 from the field and 5 of 12 from 3. Zach Graham added 19. Trevor Gaskins had nine points and four rebounds, while Terrance Henry followed with eight points and five rebounds.

Ole Miss shot 43 percent from the floor for the game, compared to 50 percent for Miami. The Rebels were good on 38 percent of their 3-point attempts to Miami's 42 percent.

"I knew it was going to take a near-perfect half to come back from 30 points down," Kennedy said.

"I thought we had about four or five minutes where we were pretty good. We got it to eight or nine, I believe, and had point-blank lay-ups. We have to get more production offensively from our front court."

Miami led 57-27 at halftime and increased its advantage to 69-38 on Thomas' 3-pointer with 15:11 remaining in the second half.

The Hurricanes shot 61 percent from the field (23 of 38) in the first half and 7 of 13 behind the arc.

"It was a complete ambush," Kennedy said of the first-half deficit. "I want to tell ‘ya, as the head coach, maybe you're not supposed to say this, but I never saw that coming. If a couple of things would have gone different early, the entire landscape of the game would have changed."

Ole Miss hosts Southern Miss Saturday at 7 p.m.

Random Notes: Tuesday marked Ole Miss' first road game of the season... Miami was the first opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Rebels since they beat Virginia Tech, 81-72, in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NIT... Ole Miss is now 0-3 all-time vs. the Hurricanes... Ole Miss owns an 18-24 all-time record against current members of the ACC.

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