Miami hands Charlotte its first loss, 77-46

Miami hands Charlotte its first loss, 77-46
December 14, 2012, 9:30 pm
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Kenny Kadji scored 17 points and Durand Scott had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 77-46 win over previously unbeaten Charlotte on Friday night.

The Hurricanes never trailed as they built an 11-point halftime lead and outscored the 49ers 14-6 in the opening 5:27 of the second half. Rion Brown's 3-pointer with 14:33 remaining ended the spurt and gave Miami a 47-28 advantage.

Scott's three-point play with 12:48 remaining gave the Hurricanes (6-1) their first 20-point lead at 50-30.

The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak at the start of the season for the 49ers (9-1).

Charlotte got to within 52-39 on Victor Nickerson's 3-pointer with 9:46 left. But Miami, which played its first game in 13 days, ran off 14 unanswered points in the next 5:26.

Kadji's two free throws with 4:20 remaining capped the run and gave the Hurricanes a 66-39 lead.