Miami (9-4, 1-2) came into Saturday night’s matchup against Rival #2 Duke on a five-game winning streak, not having lost since November. The offense and defense had been thriving throughout the streak, however, that did not translate in the 95-62 loss.
The Blue Devils (13-1, 3-0) won their seventh game in a row.
The Hurricanes clicked throughout the first 10 minutes and trailed just 23-20, but Duke made 11 of their final 13 shots before halftime, taking a 50-36 lead.
Miami’s 2-3 zone defense was embarrassed as they were outscored 72-42 in the final 30 minutes of the game, allowing 64 points in the paint. The defense had been the key factor to the Hurricanes last 5 wins but that was not the story on Saturday.
The Hurricanes shot 39% from the field, and 16% from 3pt. Leading scorer Chris Lykes was stunned, as he shot 2-15, scoring 8 points. DJ Vasiljevic had his 3rd straight poor shooting night. DJ had nine points with just one three-pointer.
Kameron McGusty led the Canes in scoring with 12 points but had 6 turnovers. Junior Sam Waardenburg was the best player on the court for Miami. Waardenburg registered a team-high six rebounds and scored 11 points.
Duke dominated Miami in every stat category. The Blue Devils snot 60% from the field, and 43% from the three-point range. Duke out-rebounded Miami 41-24, and assisted more than the Canes, 23-6.
The Blue Devil Freshman torched the Miami defense. Miami Native Vernon Carey Jr. had a game-high in scoring with 24 points, adding to that with 9 rebounds for the Player of the Year Candidate. Cassius Stanley backed up Carey with 20 points, and Matthew Hurt added 13 points.
For UM fans, this was an ugly game to watch, the Canes showed fight in the first half but looked worn out and tired when they were outscored 45-26 in the second half.
The Canes will take on Duke again on January 21st at Cameron Indoor. But for now, the Hurricanes must prepare to travel to No. 13 Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville lost their first home game last weekend to No. 10 Florida State.
The Hurricanes lost their first game of the season to Louisville, so the Canes will look to win the rematch as big-time underdogs.
UM will be back home on January 12 against Pittsburgh (10-4, 1-2).