The Miami Hurricanes (10-7, 2-5) went toe-to-toe against No. 9 after 40 minutes but were unable to convert it to a win in a 83-79 loss to in-state rival Florida State (16-2, 6-1).
What many predicted to be a repeat of the Duke game at home was the exact opposite. “I thought we did everything it took to win the game, except win,” said coach Jim Larrañaga.
The Hurricanes put themselves in position to win throughout the entire game, including overtime, put were unable to exit the Watsco Center with a win on Saturday.
Miami accounted for a season-high 24 turnovers. The turnover trouble got the best of the Canes in the final minutes of regulation, and overtime. The Canes were playing very fast-paced towards the end and FSU took advantage.
FSU Guard Devin Vassell was exceptional for the Hurricanes. Vassell scored a team-high 23 points and 11 rebounds. M.J. Walker hit 4 threes in his 19 points. The duo of Vassell and Walker hit big shots down the stretch to put an end to the Hurricanes run. Miami’s 3 leading scorers had arguably their best outing of the season scoring the ball. Chris Lykes looked like a first-round pick, logging 24 points and hitting 6 threes. DJ Vasiljevic got hot from beyond the arc, hitting 4 threes and couple of big shots in regulation and overtime. Kameron McGusty shot 6-10 and added with 15 points.
Turnovers kept Miami from winning on Saturday. Lykes had a season high 6 turnovers, and a big one in the final seconds of regulation. McGusty had 4 turnovers and Harlond Beverly had 5 TO’s off the bench.
Sam Waardenburg, Lykes, and Vasiljevic all played for over 40 minutes in the loss.
Miami took a lead in the second half but were unable to maintain it down the stretch in the loss to a over-powered FSU squad.
On the bright side, the offense played very well, shooting over 45% from the field and the three. Miami also out-rebounded FSU 41-36. The Canes were inches away from a season-changing win.
Miami prepares to head on the road to face Duke. Duke obliterated Miami at the Wat a couple weeks ago. Following that, the Canes will take on North Carolina on Jan 25.