The University of Miami, which hadn’t played a game in 13 days, was sharp Friday night, handing Charlotte its first loss of the season 77-46.
Charlotte (9-1) had gotten off to the best start in program history, but the 49ers had yet to face a major-conference team. They got one in the Canes (6-1), who are now on a five-game win streak and are 4-0 since guard Durand Scott returned from the suspension list.
Miami has recovered from an embarrassing early loss to Florida Gulf Coast. But that was without Scott, who has since sparked Miami to some impressive wins, including at home against then-No. 19 Michigan State and on the road against Massachusetts.
When asked about not being a part of that loss to Florida Gulf Coast, Scott interrupted the question.
“Not to shut you down,” Scott said, “but I am a part of it. I’m on the team, so of course I’m part of that loss. Everybody is responsible.”
Backcourt mate Shane Larkin, who tied Scott with a game-high four steals Friday, said Miami was not focused against Florida Gulf Coast.
“We came out and said, ‘Oh, they’re in the [Atlantic Sun Conference] and we’re in the ACC,’ ” Larkin said. “I don’t think we played as hard as we could.”
That was not the case against Charlotte. The Canes beat the 49ers primarily with defense, blocking a season-high 12 shots, including nine in the first half. For the game, the Canes held Charlotte to 31.7 percent shooting from the field, and the 49ers’ 46 points were the fewest allowed by Miami this season.
The Canes were led by Kenny Kadji, who had a game-high 17 points. He also had three blocks. Scott had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Before the game, the Canes announced that redshirt freshman Bishop Daniels had left the team. Daniels, a guard from Raleigh, N.C., played only three games in his brief Miami career.
“He surprised me,” Canes coach Jim Larranaga said of Daniels’ decision. “I thought he had turned a corner and had decided he wanted to come back. But his mom had surgery last week, and he decided he wanted to be closer to home.”
Larranaga said the Canes now have five scholarships he will seek to use in April.
“We need a little bit of everything,” he said.
• UCF 75, Old Dominion 71: Calvin Newell scored 17 points and Keith Clanton added 15 to lead visiting UCF (6-2) over Old Dominion (1-9).
• Nova Southeastern 77, Southern Indiana 76: Nova Southeastern (3-2) took down No. 7 Southern Indiana (5-1) at the Fern Valley Hotel Classic in Louisville, Ky. The Sharks won on a putback by senior Iran Hollis.
• No. 20 UNLV 91, La Verne 44: Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 27 points as host UNLV (8-1) won its sixth consecutive game, beating La Verne (1-5).
• Northwestern: Forward Drew Crawford has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will have season-ending surgery, a major blow for the Wildcats. The senior is eligible to seek a medical hardship waiver.
• Mississippi State: Senior Wendell Lewis is expected to miss at least the next eight weeks because of a broken right kneecap.
• Barry 70, Johnson & Wales 55: Host Barry (6-1) shook off the rust from a 13-day layoff to beat Johnson & Wales (3-10). Alesha Jenkins led the Buccaneers with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
• Fayetteville State 79, Nova Southeastern 69: Nova Southeastern (6-2) cut a 20-point, second-half deficit to four with 1:44 remaining but couldn’t overcome Fayetteville State (7-1) at the Shaw Invitational in Raleigh, N.C.