BOSTON (AP) — Malcolm Grant's teammates could see how much his first basket of the second half meant.
Grant scored seven of his 16 points during a game-breaking 14-0 run and Durand Scott had four of his 19, carrying Miami to a 76-54 win over Boston College on Sunday.
Grant's 3-pointer from the top of the key — the Hurricane's first 3 of the second half — broke a 49-all tie and pushed Miami ahead for good with 6:17 to play.
"I could see in his face how frustrated he was that he wasn't doing well," Scott said. "I think he got a basket right after that. You could tell it meant a lot."
Grant scored just two points in the opening 34 minutes of the game before his late surge.
After taking their three-point lead, the Hurricanes scored the next 11 points — and Grant and Scott were right in the middle of it.
Scott then had a steal and driving basket on the ensuing possession, and Grant hit another jumper to key the game-breaking spurt.
Trey McKinney Jones nailed a 3 from the left wing, Grant hit two free throws after Boston College's Lonnie Jackson was whistled for a technical foul and Scott had another basket to cap the spree, making it 63-49 with 3:43 to play.
The Hurricanes were just 4 for 18 from beyond the arc before Grant and Jones hit their 3s.
"With 7 or 8 minutes to go we hadn't hit one, then Trey and Malcolm did," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said.
Kenny Kadji finished with 14 points and seven boards for the Hurricanes (12-7, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Reggie Johnson added 12 points.
Matt Humphrey had 13 points to lead Boston College (7-14, 2-5). The Eagles have lost four straight since beating Clemson and Virginia Tech in consecutive home games earlier this month.
The game was tied at 49 before Miami took control by scoring the 14 unanswered points.
The Hurricanes outscored Boston College 27-5 over the final 7 minutes.
"Coach was telling us in the last 5 minutes to keep up the pressure defensively," Scott said. "We just tried to keep doing what we were doing and pulled away."
Larranaga felt a big key was the defense his team did against BC's point guard Jordan Daniels.
"Shane (Larkin) is about the same size and Durand is 6-something, that gave him different looks," he said.
The 5-foot-11 Larkin and 6-5 Scott kept the 5-9 Daniels from getting into the lane.
It was similar to Boston College's last game when the Eagles were tied 44-all at No. 19 Virginia on Thursday before getting outscored 22-5 to close that game.
"The last 7 minutes we kind of gave up and caved in," Humphrey said. "We've got to get over that hump."
The Eagles didn't get a basket in the final 7:56.
Miami led by three at halftime and pushed it to five twice early after intermission, the second coming on Kadji's driving basket that made it 38-33 before the Eagles scored the next seven points. Jackson started the spree with a 3 from the left corner — his first basket of the game — Daniels drove for a layup and Dennis Clifford banked in short jumper in the lane.
Kadji's put-back tied it at 40 with 14:16 to play. He scored Miami's first eight points of the second half.
The game was then tied four times over the next 7 minutes.
It was a matchup of two of the conference's top three 3-point shooting teams. The Hurricanes came in ranked second and BC next, but Miami missed 12 of its 16 attempts from beyond the arc in the first half. The Eagles fared much better in the opening 20 minutes, nailing 5 of 9.
Neither team held more than a four-point lead in a fairly cleanly played opening half. Miami opened a 19-15 edge on Johnson's tip-in basket midway and grabbed a 34-31 edge at the half after Johnson scored the final two buckets: one coming on a fall-away flip in the lane and the second a breakaway jam with 49 seconds left.
Eagles forward Patrick Heckmann missed the game due to an illness.
It was the opener of a men's-women's basketball doubleheader between the schools. No. 10 Miami faced the Eagles in the second game.