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Walker scores 26 to lead No. 10 Miami past Boston U 69-54

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By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Freshman Lonnie Walker IV scored a season-high 26 points and No. 10 Miami surged in the second half to beat Boston University 69-54 on Tuesday night.

Walker, making his first career start, shot 9 for 15, went 5 for 7 from 3-point range and added seven rebounds in a season-high 28 minutes.

Dejan Vasiljevic had 15 points for Miami (8-0), which remained unbeaten in non-conference home games since November 2015. Boston U (3-4) still hasn't beaten a ranked team since 1959.

Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown Jr. sat out with a left hand injury, which moved Walker into the starting lineup. Brown is expected to miss one more game before returning.

Boston U never led but was tied at 30 at halftime thanks to a tip-in by Max Mahoney at the buzzer. Walker scored 10 points during a 15-6 run to start the second half that helped the Hurricanes take charge.

Walker is coach Jim Larranaga's most highly touted recruit at Miami. His point total was the highest by a Miami player this season.

The Hurricanes shot 52 percent and went 11 for 21 from 3-point range. They rank fourth in nation in scoring defense and held an opponent under 60 points for the sixth time.

Mahoney had 12 points off the bench for Boston U.

BUGABOO

Miami came into the game shooting 58 percent at the free-throw line and went 8 for 15.

ROUGH HOMECOMING

Terriers guard Cedric Hankerson, a Miami native, went 4 for 17 and scored 10 points.

BIG PICTURE

The Hurricanes have yet to trail in the second half this season.

Boston U coach Joe Jones fell to 0-5 against ranked teams with the Terriers.

UP NEXT

The Hurricanes play at George Washington on Dec. 16. Their next home game isn't until Jan. 7.

Boston U plays at Bethune-Cookman on Friday.

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