CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Miami Hurricanes overcame a season-high 28 turnovers and snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday night by taking advantage of Georgia Tech’s poor shooting to win 59-57.
Miami built a 21-point lead with 131/2 minutes left, then held on despite making only two baskets the rest of the way.
Sophomore Glen Rice Jr. scored a career-high 28 points for the Yellow Jackets, who shot a season-worst 27 percent. Miami foiled Georgia Tech’s bid to force overtime when Iman Shumpert was called for charging with 9 seconds left.
The Hurricanes (13-9, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) survived a tense finish after losing four consecutive games by a total of 11 points. The Yellow Jackets (10-11, 3-5) remained winless in seven road games this season and haven’t won an away game in the league since Jan. 16, 2010.
Reggie Johnson’s dunk with 13:37 left gave the Hurricanes their biggest advantage, 48-27. But Tech went to a full-court press that compounded the Hurricanes’ turnover trouble, and they made only one basket over the next 12 minutes.
During one stretch Miami committed five consecutive turnovers.
Rion Brown’s breakaway dunk after the Hurricanes beat the press put them up 58-51 with 1:33 left. They committed two turnovers and missed two shots and a free throw the rest of the way.
But Tech shot two air balls in the frantic final seconds, and Miami held on even after the Yellow Jackets’ Mfon Udofia scored to make it 58-57 with 20 seconds to go. While Rice shot 9 for 22, his teammates went 8 for 40 — 20 percent.
Malcolm Grant led the Hurricanes with 15 points, and Garrius Adams had 11.
The Hurricanes sank a pair of 3-pointers during a 9-0 run that put them ahead 20-9. The Yellow Jackets missed their first nine 3-point tries before Shumpert sank one to cut Miami’s lead to 22-20.
From there, the Hurricanes went on a 16-3 run that spanned halftime. They went the length of the court in the final 2.2 seconds of the first half for a buzzer-beater by Adams, and Durand Scott sank his only basket 31/2 minutes into the second half for a 38-23 lead.
Scott finished 1 for 7 with 10 turnovers.