MiamiHerald / Miami coach Jim Larranaga and his staff spent recent practices pushing his players to whip the ball around the perimeter, keep things moving and set up each other for good looks.

The results looked pretty good.

Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and No. 25 Miami shot 58 percent to hold off North Carolina State 86-81 on Sunday, turning in its best offensive output since November.

Larranaga quickly pointed to one stat to explain why: his team’s 26 assists – five more than its previous high – on 34 baskets.


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