After falling to a 32-44 defecit at the half, the Miami Hurricanes (11-11, 3-9) couldn’t complete the 12-point comeback, falling to the NC State Wolfpack (15-8, 6-6) in their second meeting this season, 83-72.
The Canes look like a comeback was in the making, going on a 19-4 run to cut the NC State lead to just 3 with 5:15 left to play.
The Wolfpack snapped their 3-game losing streak last night, led by C.J. Bryce, who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, along with Markell Johnson who also had a double-double, ending with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Freshman Harlond Beverly played all 40 minutes last night, leading the Canes in scoring with 20 points. Beverly also has 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Despite having 18 points, Dejan Vasiljevic struggled scoring last night, shooting 7-22 overall and 3-14 from three.
Chris Lykes (groin) and Kameron McGusty (back spasms) were both game-time decisions but did not play. Lykes has missed the last 4 games, McGusty has played in just 1 of the last 4.
In the Miami Hurricanes last 10 games, they have a disappointing record of 2-8, those wins being against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
Chris Lykes and Kam McGusty continue to be extremely missed
It’s the same story to every game as of late for the Canes, the lack of depth and scoring has limited Jim Larranaga and the Hurricanes to 11-11 record.
Without leading scorer Chris Lykes (15.7) and third-leading scorer Kam McGusty (13.9), the scoring trio along with Dejan Vasiljevic (14.4), who all together combine for 43.8 points is the key factor to the Canes losing.
NC State’s shooting night was the X-Factor
The Canes did a very good job rebounding last night, something they usually struggle with, finishing with 40 rebounds compared to the Wolfpack’s 35. Miami had 15 offensive boards compared to NC State’s 9.
However, NC State had a remarkable shooting night, finishing 31-62 (50%) overall and 9-22 (40.9%) from three.
The Canes could not equalize their scoring, shooting 24-60 (40.0%) overall and 5-23 (21.7%) from three. D.J. Vasiljevic was cold all night long, hitting only 7 shots in a season-high 22 shots taken.
The Hurricanes are expecting both Lykes and McGusty to return this Saturday as they take on the 8th ranked Florida State Seminoles, a talented squad who they lost to in overtime at home earlier in the season.
NC State uses this win as a confidence booster before they face a Syracuse squad who’s won 5 of their last 7 next Tuesday.