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Miami defeats Bethune-Cookman 73-55

Dec 31, 2009 - 2:31 AM CORAL GABLES, Fla.(AP) -- James Dews scored 12 points as Miami overcame an early Bethune-Cookman threat and defeated the Wildcats 73-55 on Wednesday night.

Dews, Garrius Adams and Malcolm Grant each hit 3-pointers during a 13-2 spurt, which helped Miami build a 33-21 lead late in the first half. Grant's conversion behind the arc with 3:30 remaining capped the run.

Adams, Dews and Grant also hit 3-pointers in the first 7:59 of the second half, helping the Hurricanes (13-1) increase their lead to 49-31.

The Wildcats (7-6) stayed within striking distance of the Hurricanes most of the first half. Jarrell Thomas' 3-pointer with 7:24 left cut Miami's lead to 20-19.

Reed led Bethune-Cookman with 19 points.

Unbeaten in its first 13 non-Atlantic Coast Conference games this season, Miami will play at Pepperdine on Sunday before resuming league play against Wake Forest on Jan. 9.