CORAL GABLES, Fla. Durand Scott scored 17 points and Miami beat No. 15 Florida State 78-62 Sunday, snapping a six-game losing streak to the rival Seminoles with a victory that enhances its NCAA tournament resume.
Kenny Kadji added 15 points for the Hurricanes (17-10, 8-6), who pulled into a tie with Virginia for fourth place in the ACC standings.
Miami played without starting center Reggie Johnson, declared ineligible by the school an hour before the game after an investigation revealed members of his family had received benefits not allowed under NCAA rules. According to a statement released by the university, "Johnson was unaware of the benefits and his family was told they were permissible by a member of the former basketball coaching staff."
Miami is seeking a quick resolution from the NCAA in an attempt to reinstate Johnson, who is averaging 10.6 points per game.
Michael Snaer scored 20 points to lead third-place Florida State (19-9, 10-4).
Okaro White scored four points during an 8-0 run for the Seminoles midway through the first half. White's basket with 5 minute, 37 seconds remaining capped the spurt and gave Florida State an 18-11 lead.
The Hurricanes rallied from an eight-point deficit and took the lead for good with a 13-2 run in the final 4:34 of the first half. Scott scored seven points during the surge and his layup with 22 seconds remaining gave the Hurricanes a 24-20 lead at halftime.
Miami expanded a four-point halftime lead and outscored the Seminoles 14-8 in the first 5:15 of the second half. Rion Brown hit the fourth 3-pointer in Miami's early second-half spurt to increase the lead to 38-28.
No. 16 Wisconsin 63, No. 8 Ohio State 60: Jared Berggren scored Wisconsin's final five points - including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left - as the Badgers (21-8, 10-6 Big Ten) beat the Buckeyes (23-6, 11-5) in Columbus, Ohio.
No. 17 Louisville 57, Pittsburgh 54: Russ Smith scored 18 points, Kyle Kuric added 17, and the Cardinals (22-7, 10-6 Big East) held on to beat the Panthers (15-14, 4-12) in Louisville, Ky.
No. 23 Indiana 69, Minnesota 50: Christian Watford rediscovered his shooting stroke with 12 points for the Hoosiers (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten), who blew out the sputtering Gophers (17-12, 5-11) in Minneapolis.