Coral Gables, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Senior guard Durand Scott and Shane Larkin scored 15 points apiece to carry Miami (FL) to a 77-62 victory over Detroit Saturday to keep its perfect record at Bank United Center.
Scott also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals in his season debut after missing three games due to suspension while Larkin had three caroms and three dimes for the Hurricanes, who improved to 3-0 at home and 3-1 overall.
Scott was earlier declared ineligible by Miami prior to March 9, 2012 game against FSU after an NCAA investigation revealed that he received impermissible benefits. He was reinstated on March 14 but had to serve a six-game suspension.
The win improved Miami’s all-time series record against Detroit to 2-0. The Hurricanes prevailed in their first meeting, 68-64, on Dec. 21, 1999 in the San Juan Shootout.
The win also put coach Jim Larranaga seven victories away from clinching his 500th career coaching victory.
The Hurricanes suffered their only loss to the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 63-51, on the road last Nov. 13.
Miami got 14 points and 11 boards from 6-11 center Kenny Kadji and 13 points and four dimes from Trey McKinney Jones.
Nick Minnerath scored 22 points while Jason Calliste and Ray McCallum added 15 points each for the Titans, who dropped to 2-2.
Behind McCallum’s seven early points, the Titans grabbed a 15-9 lead in the first half but Scott’s jumper minutes later put the Hurricanes ahead, 21-19, with seven minutes remaining.
Minnerath buried back-to-back three-pointers to put Detroit ahead anew, 25-21, with 6:22 left on the clock.
The Hurricanes then outscored the Titans, 14-6, the rest of the half to take a 35-31 lead at the break.
Scott opened the second half with a layup and a jumper while Kadji made two foul shots to pad the Hurricanes lead to 41-31 and they were never threatened from there.