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No. 2 Syracuse clamps down on defense down the stretch to beat Miami 64-52

  • Syracuse' Baye Moussa Keita, right, pressures Miami's Russ DeRemer (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)The Associated Press

  • Miami's Tonye Jekiri (2) battle for the ball Syracuse's C.J. Fair (5) and Tyler Roberson (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)The Associated Press

  • Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas (25) blocks Miami's Erik Swoope (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)The Associated Press

  • Miami's Erik Swoope (21) squeezes under Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas (25) for a shot on goal during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)The Associated Press

No. 2 Syracuse held Miami without a basket for 7½ minutes down the stretch Saturday and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten with a 64-52 victory over the Hurricanes.

Miami led 47-46 with less than 7 minutes to go but made only one field goal the rest of the way.

Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) need one more victory to tie the school record for most wins to start a season, set two years ago. The ACC newcomers beat defending league champion Miami (10-9, 2-5) for the second time in three weeks.

Jerami Grant scored 16 points to lead the Orange, who had a 39-24 rebounding advantage.

Davon Reed scored 16 points for the Hurricanes, who kept it close by shooting 9 of 17 from 3-point range.