After the season-opening disaster to Louisville back in November, the Canes traveled to the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday. Despite a first-half rally, the Hurricanes unable to pull through, falling 74-58.
UM (9-5, 1-3) takes their second consecutive loss of the season, following the blowout loss to No. 2 Duke at home. The Canes are now 1-2 in the new year, after not losing the entire month before.
The Cardinals (12-3, 3-1) came into the game following 2 consecutive losses to top-ranked Kentucky and Florida State.
Not Their Night:
Miami got off to a slow start, trailing by 20 midway through the first half before the Canes eventually cut it to five with 5 minutes to go in the half and headed into halftime down 11.
UM was able to battle throughout all 40 minutes, and the game got within 5 late in the second half. However, the Canes were not able to knock down shots late in the game.
Miami was unable to put the ball in the basket on Tuesday, their second consecutive poor shooting night. The Canes shot 17-61 (27.9%) from the field and 8-31 (25.8%) from beyond the arc.
Kameron McGusty has his second consecutive solid performance, with 18 points in addition to 7 rebounds. Chris Lykes and DJ Vasiljevic were second and third in scoring, with 18 and 12 points. Lykes and Vasiljevic had an abysmal performance shooting the ball. They both shot 4-16 (25%) from the field. DJ shot 2-11 (18%) from three-point range.
Sam Waardenburg led the Hurricanes in rebounding with 10 and added with 5 points.
On the bright side, the Canes only turned the ball over 5 times and were only outrebounded 48-37, despite the lack of height and absence of forwarding Keith Stone, who is out indefinitely with a left knee injury. The 6-foot-8 Stone brought size to the undersized squad.
Things aren’t looking too great for UM right now, with limited rotation and close to no depth.
Louisville offense seemed unbothered the entire night. The Cardinals shot 45% from the field and 40% from three. All-American Jordan Nwora had a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Steven Enoch accounted for a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton had a game-high 13 rebounds, in addition to his 9 points.
The Cardinal bench outscored UM’S 24-5.
Miami looks to bounce back on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Panthers (11-4, 2-2) at the Watsco Center for a 6 p.m. tip-off.