Our beloved Hurricanes have had a rough season so far and things did not get any better on Wednesday night. Virginia Tech handed the Canes their 11th loss of the season 82 – 70.
- After two poor performances, Chris Lykes began to get back on track. He scored 19 points and added four assists.
- Anthony Lawrence came up one rebound shy of a double-double scoring 15 points to go with nine rebounds.
- Zach Johnson played with a sprained ankle but still contributed ten points, four rebounds, and three steals. Izundu was also hindered but by an illness adding only four points and two rebounds.
- The Hurricanes shot a respectable 41% from the field but were vastly out performed by the Hokies. Virginia Tech was 30-51 (58%) from the field including 9-19 (47%) from three.
- The Hokies also out-rebounded Miami 28-27. The teams both were also within one assist, one steal, and one turnover of each other making the gap in field goal percentage the main factor in the game.
- In Coach L’s opening statement he praised certain period that he felt they played well, “I thought we played our best basketball for about a six or seven minute period. Things we want to do every day, every game, play hard at the defensive end of the floor, get stops, share the ball on offense, find the open man, penetrate and pitch, get touches, get everyone involved…” but he also expressed his feelings with not being able to do that consistently, “…and quite frankly, we haven’t been doing that. It’s very frustrating. It’s frustrating for the players, it’s frustrating for the coaching staff.”
It was yet another rough night for the Hurricanes, who now sit in the cellar of the ACC. This loss also came shortly after the announcement that Dewan Hernandez was leaving the program. The NCAA, aka the second most horribly run sports organization in the world (looking at you FIFA), decided that Hernandez would have to sit all of this season and 40% of next season. In return, the University announced that Hernandez would withdraw to focus on getting ready for the NBA draft. I don’t blame him at all. This was a non-sensical ruling by the NCAA, but I digress. We wish Dewan the best as he is an outstanding athlete and an even better human.
Th Hurricanes will not get much of a break as they will travel to Charlottesville to face the third ranked Virginia Cavaliers. The game is on Saturday and is scheduled to tip at 2 pm.