After a promising victory to the Pittsburgh Panthers on Sunday, the Miami Hurricanes (10-6, 2-4 ACC) failed to find the same energy against NC State (12-4, 3-3 ACC), losing by 17 points.
Junior D.J. Funderburk led the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounds with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Devon Daniels had himself a solid shooting night, finishing with 15 points on 7-11 shooting.
Chris Lykes led the Canes in scoring with 20 points on 6-14 shooting. Lykes however struggled to facilitate, finishing with only 1 assist.
Seniors Dejan Vasiljevic and Junior Rodney Miller both finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Right off the start, Miami and NC State were evened up at 23 with 3:51 left in the first-half. The Wolfpack went on a 10-2 run to end the half and lead 33-25.
With 15:00 left in the second-half, DJ Vasiljevic tightened the game to 38-43 after hitting 3 free-throws. That was the Canes made it for the rest of the game, being down 20 with 3:24 to play.
After falling to 2 ACC teams (Clemson Tigers, Virginia Tech) this early in conference play, this home game for NC State was a must win.
Takeaways On The Disappointing Road Loss:
- Miami’s shooting was a big time factor to the loss, shooting 20-55 (36.4%) overall and 3-16 (18.8%) from three.
- The Canes only played 7 guys all night, one of them being Freshman Isaiah Wong who struggled shooting, finishing with 0 points on 0-6 shooting.
- Turnovers killed the Hurricanes on a chance to make a return to the game, having 15 total compared to NC State’s 7.
- Facilitating was an embarrassment for the Canes on Wednesday, only finishing with 3 assists, Chris Lykes only having 1.
The Hurricanes will look to bounce back on Saturday at home as they face #9th ranked Florida State (15-2, 5-1 ACC) who are currently on a 8 game win-streak.
NC State looks to keep the success rolling as they stay at home to face the Clemson Tigers (9-7, 3-3 ACC) who lost to the Hurricanes earlier in the season but currently are on a 3 game win-streak, the recent one being #3 ranked Duke (15-2, 5-1 ACC).