Despite their best efforts, the Hurricanes came up short. In a very hard fought game, the UNC Tar Heels came away with an 85-76 victory. UNC’s Cameron Johnson led all scorers with 22 while Chris Lykes led the Canes with 20. Here’s what you need to know:
- Both teams shot red hot in the second half. UNC was 18-30 (60%) while the Hurricanes shot 15-26 (57.7%). Overall, the Tar Heels shot 55% to Miami’s 49.1%.
- The Hurricanes allowed five Tar Heels to reach double digit scoring. Johnson (22), Williams (16), White (15), Maye (14), and Little (12) all had big days against the Canes.
- Miami had four guys play over 30 minutes as depth continues to plague the Hurricanes this year.
- At halftime the score was tied at 37 and Miami was actually playing extremely well.
- A Cameron Johnson three put Carolina up nine halfway through the second half but Chris Lykes responded with a three of his own before Zach Johnson earned two free throw, making one. This got the Canes back within five.
- Izundu, who was largely ineffective in the first half (two points), came alive in the second. He converted an alley-oop before blocking a shot on the defensive end then converting an and-one opportunity to bring Miami within one.
- Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams hit back to back threes on consecutive possessions. This kept Carolina just out of reach for the Canes.
- Miami has now led in the second half in 16 of its 17 games this season.
- DJ Vasiljevic connected for one three which makes this his 30th consecutive game with at least one three.
- Luke Maye (UNC) finished one rebound shy of a double-double (14 points, 9 rebounds)
- In addition to his 20 points, Lykes added six assists, one below his career high.
- Cobe White (UNC) finished with 15 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. Cameron Johnson also had 7 rebounds to go with his 22 points.
Miami came up just short on Saturday afternoon against No. 13 UNC.https://t.co/Y3mB24Ma7L
— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) January 19, 2019
It was a tough game for the Hurricanes, yet again. They hung tough with a very talented UNC team but faded down the stretch. Coach Larranaga mentioned how their offense tends to sputter without Chris Lykes on the floor. This sentiment was reflected as Lykes played 36 minutes in today’s game.
The Hurricanes will return to action Thursday the 24th as they travel to take on the Syracuse Orange. That’s all for tonight’s recap! Go Canes!