LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jack McClinton scored 23 points and James
Dews added a season-high 18 as No. 21 Miami defeated ice-cold
shooting Kentucky 73-67 on Saturday.
The tale of the tape in this one was found beyond the 3-point
arc. Miami (5-2) matched a season best with eight 3s, while
Kentucky (5-3) misfired on 23 of 25 from behind the line.
Dews matched his career high with four 3s.
The Wildcats had their worst shooting game going 25-70 (35.7
Down 49-28, Kentucky went on a 12-1 run to cut the deficit to
10. The Wildcats would get within four a few minutes later after a
fastbreak layup by DeAndre Liggins and another one by Jodie Meeks,
fed by Liggins following a steal.
But Miami's victory was preserved by two long jumpers by Brian
The first appeared to be a 3, but his foot was ruled on the
line. The second was a no-doubter, pushing the Hurricanes' lead to
65-56 with under two minutes left.
Asbury's 3 was Miami's only one of the second half, but it
appeared early that the Hurricanes' sharp-shooting guards were
going to overwhelm the Wildcats much the way VMI did earlier this
season in an upset win.
Miami opened the game with two 3-pointers in the first minute
and nailed two more, both by Dews, in the final minute before
halftime. In between, things weren't much better for a Kentucky
defense that couldn't seem to guard jump shots and a Kentucky
offense that couldn't seem to make them.
Miami closed the half on a 15-4 run, including the two
last-minute 3s by Dews, to take a 46-26 lead.
The taller Wildcats did the things they were expected to do,
such as dominate the paint with 36 points compared to Miami's 18,
and outrebound the Hurricanes 45-35.
Kentucky's Patrick Patterson had a career-high 16 rebounds to go
along with his 19 points, his fifth double-double of the season.
Liggins, a freshman, also had a standout offensive game with
several highlight reel plays en route to a career-high 18 points,
but he was 0-for-8 from 3-point range. Meeks, Kentucky's usual
long-range specialist, wasn't much better, hitting just two 3s in
the first half and missing his other 10 tries.
Miami was fighting to remain in the Top 25 after a home loss
last week to Ohio State. Kentucky hasn't beaten a ranked opponent
since topping Tennessee last January.
Kentucky point guard Michael Porter, wearing a headband to cover
up a laceration that required 10 stitches after his collision with
teammate Ramon Harris, started the game but fouled out with only
two points. Harris, who is sidelined indefinitely, attended the
game wearing a neck collar.
No. 21 MIAMI 73, KENTUCKY 67
McGowan 1-6 1-2 4, Collins 2-3 2-4 6, Hurdle 3-8 3-6 9, Dews 6-8
2-5 18, McClinton 7-15 7-9 23, Graham 1-1 2-2 4, Rios 0-0 0-0 0,
Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 1-5 0-0 2, Asbury 2-3 2-3 7, Gamble 0-3 0-0
0. Totals 23-52 19-31 73.
Miller 0-6 3-4 3, Porter 1-3 0-0 2, Stevenson 3-10 3-4 9, Meeks
4-17 0-0 10, Patterson 8-13 3-4 19, Galloway 0-1 0-0 0, Stewart 0-0
0-0 0, Liggins 6-15 6-6 18, Harrellson 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 25-70
Halftime-Miami 46-26. 3-Point Goals-Miami 8-19 (Dews 4-6,
McClinton 2-7, Asbury 1-1, McGowan 1-3, Hurdle 0-1, Jones 0-1),
Kentucky 2-23 (Meeks 2-12, Miller 0-1, Porter 0-2, Liggins 0-8).
Fouled Out-Graham, Porter. Rebounds-Miami 35 (McGowan 8), Kentucky
45 (Patterson 16). Assists-Miami 12 (Hurdle 6), Kentucky 18
(Liggins, Miller 5). Total Fouls-Miami 19, Kentucky 23. A-24,109.