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Hoops: Hokies fall to Miami for third loss in a row

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Virginia Tech will enter February on a three-game losing streak.

But Miami will begin the month on an eight-game winning streak.

The Hokies led in the second half, but No. 14 Miami recovered for a 73-64 win Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

The Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0 ACC), who are atop the conference standings, went 8-0 in January.

Tech (11-9, 2-5), which led 32-29 at halftime, lost for the seventh time in its past nine games.

Each team's point guard shined.

Erick Green, the nation's scoring leader, scored 30 for the Hokies. He was 11 of 20 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

Sophomore point guard Shane Larkin, the son of former Cincinnati Reds great Barry Larkin, had 25 points for Miami.

Cadarian Raines scored to give Tech a 45-44 edge with 11:43 to go.

The Hurricanes then went on a 10-0 run to grab a 54-45 lead with 8:14 left. They led the rest of the way.

Tech made five straight free throws to cut the lead to 60-56 with 2:14 left, but

Miami answered with a 7-0 run for a 67-56 cushion. Larkin began the run with a 3-pointer.

Miami finished with nine 3-pointers, tying its season high.

Forward Kenny Kadji scored 18 points for Miami, while Trey McKinney-Jones added 12 points.

The Hokies sank 10 3-pointers, but hurt themselves with 17 turnovers.

Tech was just 6 of 11 from the free-throw line.

Jarell Eddie had 14 points for Tech, including eight in the first half. He was 4 of 5 from the field, including 3 of 4 in the first half.

 

Note: North Carolina sophomore guard P.J. Hairston is doubtful for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech after suffering a concussion Tuesday at Boston College.

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