In their final regular season game at the BankUnited Center, Garrius Adams scored a career high 22 points and Rion Brown added 19 to lift the Canes to a 69-56 win against visiting Wake Forest. Adams shot 6 of 8 from the field and 9 of 9 from the free-throw line as the Hurricanes never trailed after a 14-0 run midway through the first half.
Miami also withstood a Deacons' rally to end the first half. Miami (16-15, 7-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) expanded a six-point lead at halftime and outscored Wake Forest 12-2 in the first 6:57 of the second half. Rion Brown's jumper with 13:03 remaining pushed the Hurricanes' lead to 41-25. Erik Swoope was Miami's third double-digit scorer with 11 points.
The win moved Miami past Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12) for a 10th place finish in the conference regular season standings. Miami will now turn their attention to the ACC Tournament on March 12. The Canes enter the tournament as the defending champions, beating North Carolina 87-77 in last year's final in Greensboro. Miami, fueled by senior leaders Rion Brown & Garrius Adams, will play Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. against Virginia Tech.
Noteworthy Since his arrival in 2011, Jim Larrañaga has recorded three of the top four win totals in ACC play in Miami history (15-3, 9-7, 7-11). Miami’s previous ACC high was eight wins in 2007-08. Miami finished the season 3-0 at home in ACC play after starting the year 0-6 in league games. The Canes finished the regular season shooting 50 percent or better in their last three games. Starters: Justin Heller, Garrius Adams, Rion Brown, Erik Swoope, Raphael Akpejiori.
Justin Heller made his first career start Saturday, joining four other seniors on Senior Day. Miami’s first points came on a Garrius Adams put back at the 17:45 mark. Garrius Adams scored an ACC- and career-high 22 points, breaking his previous ACC (16 vs. NC State 3/1/14) and career (20 vs. UCF 11/21/13) bests. Rion Brown has made a 3-pointer in 27-of-31 games this year and has registered two-or-more threes in 16 games this year.
Rion Brown scored in double-figures (19) for the 13th straight game and 25th time this season. Tonye Jekiri’s nine rebounds pushed his season total to 159, triple what he had in 2012-13. The sophomore has recorded five or more rebounds in 15 games this year. Erik Swoope’s 10 points extended his streak of scoring in double figures to five games, the longest of his career. Manu Lecomte recorded one three against Wake Forest, and has now hit a three in 15 games this year. The freshman finished the regular season shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.
Manu Lecomte finishes the regular season averaging 7.9 points per game, the highest total by a freshman since Durand Scott averaged 10.3 in 2009-10. Manu Lecomte recorded a career high three steals. Lecomte has recorded two steals four times this year, last at Clemson on 3/4/14. Nine of Miami’s 12 players have registered at least seven starts. Garrius Adams is the only Cane to start every game (31).
Update the Record Book | Garrius Adams and Rion Brown are enjoying the fruits of their labor, building on their personal season highs. Garrius Adams Games Started: 31 Minutes: 1036 Points: 323 Assists: 89 Rebounds: 147 Rion Brown Games Started: 30 Minutes: 1091 Points: 476 Assists: 71 Rebounds: 184