BOSTON (AP) - Miami guard Malcolm Grant delivered a message to teammate Reggie Johnson in the second half of Wednesday night's game at Boston College.
"Malcolm told me to take over the game," Johnson said. "He told me to play Reggie Johnson basketball."
The 6-foot-10, 303-pound Johnson came through in a big way down the stretch to help the Hurricanes hold off a BC comeback and beat the Eagles 73-64 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
BC, down by 22 points in the first half and by 18 almost six minutes into the second half, clawed its way back and trailed 43-36 with 10:58 left in the game.
Then Johnson converted back-to-back conventional three-point plays 50 seconds apart and scored again on the next possession for his own personal 8-2 run. Later in the half, he had another basket and added a couple of free throws to help give the Hurricanes (17-11, 5-8) their third straight road win.
"Reggie's a big part of our offense," said coach Frank Haith. "We play through Reggie, we're good when we do that, we're not good when we don't and just come down and take quick shots. We like when the ball is in Reggie's hands."
Johnson scored 12 of his 15 points and grabbed five of his six rebounds in the second half. He also had two assists, a blocked shot and a steal in his 25 minutes off the bench.
"Those were big plays," Johnson said of the three-point plays. "The momentum was kind of changing toward them and those two plays kind of gave it back to us."
BC was never able to get closer than five, closing to 61-56 when Corey Raji hit a three-point shot with 3:38 left, but the Hurricanes, who led wire to wire, were able to hold on and deal a blow to the Eagles' NCAA Tournament chances.
Grant also scored 15 points, while Garrius Adams had 12 and Durand Scott 10 for the Hurricanes, who held BC without an offensive rebound in the first half.
Reggie Jackson, Joe Trapani and Raji combined for 36 points in the second half, Trapani with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Jackson 15 points and Raji 13.