The Miami Hurricanes (14-14, 6-12) lost their second consecutive game tonight to Georgia Tech (15-14, 9-9) in a back and fourth battle throughout the second half, falling to .500 on the season.
The Canes made a valiant effort to win the ball game, but it wasn’t enough to put the Yellow Jackets away. Georgia Tech defeated Miami, 63-57.
Chris Lykes led the team in scoring with 14 points, Kameron McGusty led the bench in with 11 points along with 5 rebounds. Lykes was the Canes biggest contributor defensively, registering 2 steals and 4 defensive rebounds.
The Hurricanes were sloppy and careless in the first half with 11 turnovers, Georgia Tech capitalized on Miami’s mistakes and rallied to their largest lead of the night of 20 points.
The Canes started off slow, trailing to the Yellow Jackets by 16 points at the half. Miami heated up early in the second half with a 29-11 run to overcome the deficit and lead 53-51 with 7:37 remaining.
Despite the loss, the Canes showcased top tier defense in the second half, holding Georgia Tech to 23 points.
Even though the Canes were hot in the second half, they were outplayed in almost every category. A disappointing performance from Freshman Isaiah Wong, shooting 3-8 from the field for 6 points was one of the big factors to the Hurricanes losing tonight.
This is a bitter pill to swallow for the Canes as they drop a must-win game as their chances of making the NCAA tournament continue to deplete drastically.
The U host the Virginia Cavaliers (21-7, 13-5) Wednesday night as the wahoos are coming off an impressive 52-50 win against 7th ranked Duke. The Cavaliers are currently on an imposing 6 game winning-streak.
Can the Canes shock the ACC and beat Virginia Wednesday to stay away from a below .500 record at the Watsco Center?