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Miami head coach Jim Larranaga speaks to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Princeton at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. Miami won 76-64. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)
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No. 13 Miami pulls away late to beat Syracuse 64-51

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The seeds for this win were planted more than two years ago, when Ja’Quan Newton turned down a scholarship offer from Syracuse and committed to play for Miami.

It stung the Orange then, and hurts even more now.

Sheldon McClellan scored 22 points, Newton made two big 3-pointers in the second half to kick start a Miami offense that was dreadful for most of the game, and the 13th-ranked Hurricanes pulled away late to beat Syracuse 64-51 on Saturday.

Newton finished with 14 points for Miami (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its seventh straight despite missing its first 16 tries from 3-point range. Newton was 2 for 2 from beyond the arc, while his teammates were a combined 1 for 23.

“The whole game, they were playing off me,” said Newton, who pulled a groin muscle in the final minutes. “I noticed it in the first half. … They were a big two 3’s, the biggest two 3’s of the game, probably.”

Not probably. There’s no doubt.

“The difference in the game,” Syracuse interim coach Mike Hopkins said of Newton’s 3-pointers. “Got to give him a lot of credit.”

Both of Newton’s 3’s gave Miami the lead, the second one putting the Hurricanes on top for good and starting a 12-0 run that would give them a 56-44 edge with 2:46 left.

Malachi Richardson scored 20 points for Syracuse (10-5, 0-2), which has dropped its first two league games for the first time since it started the 1998-99 Big East season 0-2.

Michael Gbinije added 10 points for the Orange, who were outscored 47-26 in the second half.

“Second tough road game that our kids played in and they gave a great effort,” Hopkins said. “They really executed defensively.”

The Orange led 25-17 after the first 20 minutes, absolutely frustrating a Miami team that came in averaging 85 points on 51 percent shooting. The Hurricanes were shooting only 19 percent at the break – and missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts. And if not for McClellan managing 11 points by halftime, it could have been much worse for Miami.

“Players respond to challenges one of two ways,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “Either they start thinking negatively … or they respond positively and start to dig down deeper defensively.”


Syracuse: Hopkins is 4-4 as the replacement for Orange coach Jim Boeheim, who is one game from satisfying the nine-game suspension handed down as part of Syracuse’s NCAA sanctions. … The Orange have lost six straight road games going back to last season – that doesn’t count their three neutral-site wins at the Battle 4 Atlantis in November – and have dropped their last five ACC games.

Miami: The Hurricanes improved to 4-8 in their ACC openers. … It was the second straight slow start for Miami, which had 27 first-half points against Princeton. Until Saturday, that was Miami’s season-low for a half. … Miami improved to 7-1 at home. … The Hurricanes got to the line 34 times, compared with 14 for the Orange.


Syracuse shot 9 for 28 in the first half, and shot exactly that again in the second half. Miami, after a 5 for 27 start to the game, finished by making 13 of its last 25 attempts. “That 2-3 zone is really annoying,” McClellan said.


The seats at Bank United Center were mostly filled with orange-clad fans – which, ordinarily, would be a good thing for Miami and its orange-and-green color scheme. But included in that crowd was a contingent of about 2,500 Syracuse backers, many of whom made the trip from Central New York as an escape now that winter has finally seemed to strike. Temperatures at game time: 80 in Coral Gables, 32 in Syracuse.


Syracuse: Hosts Clemson on Tuesday.

Miami: Hosts Florida State on Jan. 9.

Syracuse assistant recovering from surfing injury

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The Syracuse basketball program is dealing with its first injury of the 2015-16 academic year, and it’s head coach Jim Boeheim’s eventual replacement who’s currently at less than full strength.

Assistant and head coach in-waiting Mike Hopkins suffered a neck injury while body surfing in California, as first reported by Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard. Hopkins, who played collegiately at Syracuse and has been a member of Boeheim’s staff since 1995, was on vacation visiting family when the injury occurred.

The good news in all of this is that while Hopkins is wearing a neck brace, the injury was not deemed to be severe in nature.

While Hopkins must wear the brace, the neck injury is not severe. Hopkins has been overseeing workouts with Syracuse players at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. He has also been on the road recruiting this past week, including a trip to New Jersey.

Hopkins, who was officially named Boeheim’s successor in late June, will take over as head coach in 2018.

Syracuse makes it official that Mike Hopkins will take over in 2018

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For quite some time the general assumption was that whenever current Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim decided to call it a career, Mike Hopkins would be the man to take over the program. Having played for Boeheim in the early 1990’s, Hopkins has been a member of the Syracuse coaching staff since 1995.

Thursday the school announced that Hopkins has now been given the title of head coach designate, meaning that he will take over as head coach when Boeheim retires in 2018. Syracuse has made 14 NCAA tournament appearances during Hopkins’ time on staff, and he’s been an important asset to the program in regards to both recruiting and player development.

“I’m honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity,” Hopkins said in the release. “Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater. I want to thank Chancellor Syverud, the Board of Trustees and Jim Boeheim for entrusting me with this great program.

“Coach Boeheim has created one of the most preeminent college basketball programs in the country, one that is committed to a standard of excellence and consistency.”

Making this news official is a positive step for Syracuse, as opposing programs cannot attempt to use Boeheim’s eventual retirement against the Orange in recruiting. Prospective players now know for sure who will take over when the Hall of Fame coach retires, and the fact that it’s a person who’s been a part of the program as either a player or coach for the last two-plus decades (outside of the two years he played professionally) helps with continuity.

Hopkins is one of three Syracuse alums on Boeheim’s coaching staff, with former guards Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara being the others. The Orange, who missed out of postseason play as a result of a self-imposed postseason ban for NCAA rules violations, return three starters from last season’s 18-win team.