Recap courtesy of Russell Hanson @rjhanson8
The Miami Hurricanes (5-2) lost a heartbreaker to Rutgers (5-1) on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Hurricanes had plenty of chances late to take the lead late but couldn’t quite get it done. The final score was 57-54. Here’s what you need to know:
- This loss snapped a 19 game non-conference home win streak.
- The Hurricanes stuck to their tradition of starting fast as they opened the game on a 13-4. Then, they proceeded to miss their next seven shots.
- Miami shot an abysmal 31% from the field including going 4-15 from three. This is well below their season average of 47% and 39% from three.
- The Canes scored 54 points after averaging 83.5 points per game coming into the Rutgers game.
- Miami’s biggest issue was turnovers as they had 10 in the first half.
- Anthony Lawrence led the way for the Canes. He scored 16 points along with eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal.
- Ebuka Izundu recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Something of note is that Izundu has had issues with fouls so far this season but tonight only recorded two fouls.
- Zach Johnson finished with 12 points which bring his career point total to 1,439.
- DJ Vasiljevic entered the game shooting 52% from three-point range but went 1-6 against the Scarlet Knights.
- Geo Baker (Rutgers) led the Scarlet Knights with 16 points on 7-17 shooting. He also added seven rebounds and six assists.
- Despite the poor offensive performance, the Hurricanes had a couple of opportunities to tie or take the lead late. Anthony Lawrence missed a wide open three with 25 seconds remaining that would’ve put Miami up by two. Rutgers then hit their two free throws. With the Canes down by three, Chris Lykes had a three point attempt blocked. Zach Johnson grabbed the loose ball and proceeded to miss a three point shot of his own. Miami immediately fouled to send Shaquille Doorson (Rutgers) to the line for a one and one. Doorson missed the free throw which Deng Gak grabbed and heaved full court. The prayer was almost answered as the ball hit the back of the rim and bounced out with a giant collective gasp from the Watsco Center Crowd.
The Rutgers game was the first in a stretch where Miami will play three games in six days. They return to action Saturday December 1st versus Yale (2-2) in the HoopHall Miami Invitational before traveling to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the 6-2 Penn Quakers. The Yale game will be played at the American Airlines Areana with tip off scheduled for 7:30pm. The game can be seen on ESPN3.
That’s all for now. Let’s get back in the win column on Saturday! Go Canes!