The Cavaliers (14-1, 1-0 ACC) used a tight defense and a stop by Jontel Evans on the final possession to log the win, which represented their best start since going 27-1 to open the 1981-82 season when they were led by Ralph Sampson.
Evans put pressure on Miami's Durand Scott in the closing seconds to force a miss on a potential game-winning shot and preserve the victory in the ACC opener for both schools.
Miami (9-5, 0-1) got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Kenny Kadji, but it wasn't enough to avoid the Hurricanes' first loss in five games.
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