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Zach Johnson’s game-winner with .1 seconds remaining gave the Hurricanes a 65-64 victory over the Clemson Tigers. Miami improved to 11-13 overall and 3-9 in the ACC. It was awesome to see this team win like that after a heartbreaker in Chapel Hill on Sunday. Here’s what you need to know:
- The first half was probably the worst half of basketball I’ve ever witnessed. The Hurricanes and Tigers were a combined 4-26 at one point as neither team could buy a bucket.
- DJ Vasiljevic changed all of that in the second half as he hit four threes in a row to help carry the Canes to victory. He ended up leading all scorers with 22 points.
- Chris Lykes also helped carry the Hurricanes as he finished with 21 and scored some huge buckets down the stretch. DJ (22) and Lykes (21) were the only Miami players to reach double figures.
- Despite an extremely slow first half, Miami ended up shooting 39% from the field and 40% from three point range led by Vasiljevic who was 5-10.
- Clemson’s Marcquise Reed finished the game with 19 points to lead the Tigers. He was followed by Elijah Thomas with 16 and Shelton Mitchell with 15.
- Anthony Lawrence recorded eight rebounds to go with seven points. Amp also added two HUGE blocks down the stretch to keep the Hurricanes within striking distance.
- Izundu was largely ineffective in the second half after recording seven early rebounds finishing with only three points.
- The second half could not have been more opposite than the first. Both teams came out firing and the Chris Lykes show was in full force. DJ and Lykes scored the majority of the Hurricanes points down the stretch but Miami still found themselves trailing with 1:16 remaining. Coming out of a timeout, Chris Lykes appeared to be fouled on a three-point attempt but did not get the call. Clemson missed the ensuing shot and with 0.4 second remaining, Zach Johnson hit a fade away jumper to give the Canes a 65-64 victory.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) February 14, 2019
WHAT A FINISH!
While this victory feels great, it makes the loss Sunday in Chapel Hill hurt that much more. After last week’s Notre Dame game, Larranaga explained that the ACC schedule can be viewed as two halves. The first nine games were nothing short of abysmal for the Hurricanes but these first three games of the second half have been promising. Hopefully the Hurricanes can ride this momentum and finish the season strong.
The Hurricanes return to action Sunday at Boston College. Tip off is at 2pm.