2012 NIT Tournament, Miami Vs. Valparaiso Final Score: Hurricanes Advance With 66-50

The Miami Hurricanes earned a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NIT Tournament and punched their ticket to the next round after knocking off Valparaiso 66-50. The Hurricanes struggled to take a lead early on against the No. 7 seeded Crusaders, holding just a 24-23 lead at the half, but turned up the offense in the second half to finally pull away for the victory.

In the win, Rion Brown picked up 18 points to lead Miami in scoring while guard Shane Larkin picked up 12 points off the bench. Reggie Johnson nearly picked up a double-double on the night with 10 rebounds a nine points. For Valparaiso, Ryan Broekhoff picked up 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss while Richie Edwards picked up 16 points.

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