Rapid Fire Recap: by Russell Hanson @rjhanson8
For the first time in nearly 1,800 days, the Miami Hurricanes are below .500 as they fell to the no. 23 Florida State Seminoles last night 78-66. Yet again, red hot three point shooting crushed the Canes. Here’s what you need to know:
- Zach Johnson was one of the only bright spots for the Hurricanes. He went 8-12 from the field including 4-7 from three scoring 20 points. He also added four assists and four rebounds.
- Florida State shot 60% (12-20) from three point range. This was the second game in a row that three point shooting has caused issues for Miami.
- Lawrence, Lykes, Mack, and Herenton combined to go 0-12 from three. The Hurricanes finished the night shooting 24% from long range.
- Lykes had a rough night. In easily his worst performance for the Canes, Lykes struggled mightily. He went 0-12 from the field including 0-7 from deep. Lykes scored one point in only his third game this season in which he failed to reach double figures.
- Coach Larranaga mentioned post game that he thinks the size of both Syracuse and Florida State bothered him a bit. Lykes now has nine points on 4-27 shooting in his last two games. “I can’t explain it right now… I think he missed some wide open looks early and I think he got a little discouraged from that,” added Larranaga.
- Anthony Lawrence contributed 11 points along with seven rebounds and four assists.
- DJ Vasiljevic made one three pushing his streak to 32 games, longest among active ACC players.
- The Seminole’s MJ Walker led all scorers with 22 points while Terrance Mann added a double-double.
- The Hurricanes were outrebounded 34 to 26 which speaks to the size mismatch along with Miami’s lack of frontcourt depth. #FreeDewan
In yet another frustrating loss, the Hurricanes season is slipping away. The team still plays with tremendous heart but you can tell the lack of depth is not only affecting single games anymore but is becoming a long term wear on the team.
As Coach L said after the game, “hey, you’re in the ACC…There are eight teams with losing records, several with just one win. It’s a very unforgiving league.”
The road will not get any easier for the Canes. Three of their next four opponents could be ranked in the top 10 when the game is played. Miami (9-10, 1-6 ACC) will play #10 Virginia Tech (16-3) Wednesday night before traveling to play #3 Virginia (18-1). The team will then return home for a “break” against Notre Dame (11-9).
They will then pack up and head to Chapel Hill for a rematch with the #11 UNC Tar Heels (15-4). Hang in there Canes fans. This season isn’t going to get any easier but we can grow and learn from this. With two 4-star guys coming in next year along with the return of Lykes and a few others, we are set to rebound nicely.