Jan. 24, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – Kenny Kadji scored 21 points, Malcolm Grant had 16 and Miami beat Georgia Tech 64-49 on Tuesday night to leave the Yellow Jackets in last place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Miami (11-7, 2-3) has won two of three. The Hurricanes took only their second road win in seven tries.
Mfon Udofia had 14 points for Georgia Tech (8-12, 1-5). The Yellow Jackets have lost four straight and eight of nine.
Georgia Tech trailed 49-39 after a free throw by Glen Rice Jr. with 7:12 remaining. Back-to-back baskets by Kammeon Holsey cut Miami’s lead to 54-45 with 4:26 remaining, but the Hurricanes answered with six straight points to push the lead to 15 points.
Kadji, who had 14 points in the second half, led Miami with eight rebounds.
Grant led Miami with his average of 14.8 points per game last season. He scored in double figures in eight of Miami’s first nine games but he suffered a sharp decline in production after attending his older brother’s funeral in New York and missing two games. He scored in double figures in only one of five games following his return, leading Miami with 16 points in the Hurricanes’ first ACC win over Clemson last week.
Grant had three 3-pointers in the first half. Freshman Shane Larkin’s 3 gave Miami its big lead of the half at 31-17.
Rice made only 1 of 6 shots in the first half, and his frustrations were obvious when he missed two free throws with 18.9 seconds left before halftime.
Rice, who leads the Yellow Jackets with his average of 13.7 points, kept shooting. Rice scored on a follow shot and then had a 3-pointer as Georgia Tech cut Miami’s lead to double figures in the opening minutes of the second half.
Rice had 13 points and nine rebounds. Julian Royal had 11.
Attendance at Philips Arena, Georgia Tech’s temporary home while its new campus facility is being built, was 5,009