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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Durand Scott
Jim Larranaga was in the Miami locker room before a game during this regular season, talking about the importance of defense, when he decided words were not going to be enough to illustrate his point.
The former George Mason coach has taken charge of what not long ago looked like a wayward Hurricane program, leading Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, a 27-6 record and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Virginia's Mike Scott watched in street clothes last season as Miami twice rallied late in games to beat the Cavaliers, including a stunning comeback from 10 points down in 40 seconds in the ACC tournament.
It didn't take long for Miami guard Malcolm Grant to learn something significant about his new coach.
Virginia guard Jontel Evans made a single misjudgment on an inbound pass, incorrectly figuring Mustapha Farrakhan would stay in one place. On its own, it would seem like no big deal. Put in context as the latest piece of the Cavaliers' massive last-minute meltdown, it was the final part of Miami's comeback from 10 points down with less than 40 seconds remaining.
Malcolm Grant scored 22 points to lead Miami to a 94-59 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night.
"He has a plan, he has a goal," Scott said. "I think everybody's just focused and tuned in to listening to him and doing exactly what he wants to do. If all that comes with listening to his stories, then I'm going to listen to stories all day."
"It's something that has never been done before, and the guys are very excited about it," guard Durand Scott said.