Tonye Jekiri had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Angel Rodriguez added 12 points and eight assists, and Miami held off Syracuse 66-62 on Saturday.
Tied 26-all at halftime, Miami (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) started the second half with a 16-6 spurt before the Orange (14-6, 5-2) rallied late. Syracuse moved within 60-59 on a lefty shot along the baseline by Rakeem Christmas with 52.6 seconds left.
After Manu Lecomte sank a long 3 from the top of the key with 19.9 seconds to go, Trevor Cooney answered with one of his own at 12.5 seconds to keep the Orange within a point.
Rodriguez then sank two free throws and the Hurricanes survived after Cooney missed a 3-point attempt with 4.4 seconds left.
Syracuse lost the game at the foul line, making only 8 of 19 and also committed 13 turnovers.
* Head coach Jim Larrañaga earned his 550th career victory with the win over the Orange.
* Miami’s win over Syracuse marked the Canes’ fourth win in the last five games.
* Miami’s matchup with Syracuse was UM's ninth matchup against a team ranked in the RPI Top 10.
* The 30,677 fans in attendance is the largest crowd for an NCAA game this season.
* The Hurricanes led by as many as 12 points in the second half.
* Miami’s first free throw came at the 18:13 mark of the second half.
* The Hurricanes committed 10-or-less turnovers for 11th time this season.
* Miami had three players score in double figures.
* Junior Tonye Jekiri, freshman Omar Sherman, redshirt junior Angel Rodriguez, redshirt junior Sheldon McClellan and sophomore Davon Reed started the game for Miami.