It was perhaps the most anticipated tournament game for the Hurricanes in a long time, due to expectations. Boston College gave the Canes all they could handle, but the 'Canes were able to execute late and defeat the Boston College Eagles, 69-58.
Thursday afternoon, Boston College struggled to score early against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets opened the game up with a 15-0 run to start the game. Boston College made their first basket with 14:47 left to play in the first half, but then Olivier Hanlan found his stroke. Friday, the 'Canes jumped out to a 15-2 lead of BC, but just like Thursday, Boston College roared back and headed into halftime with a 2-point lead.
The game started off great for Miami. Shane Larkin kicked things off with a mid-range jumpshot and Kenny Kadji finished off a four-point play to extend the Miami lead to 13-2 after the first media timeout. Five quick points by Rion Brown landed Miami a 18-6 lead and Shane Larkin gave Miami it's largest lead of the half, 21-8 after knocking down one of three Miami first half triples. That shot by Larkin was the Hurricanes' only bucket until Durand Scott hit a running jumper with 1:13 left to play in the first half.
BC used a 15-2 run of their own to comeback and tie Miami on a Olivier Hanlan floater in the lane with .56 seconds left to play in the half. After an atrocious offensive sequence for Miami, Boston College ran down the floor and a Ryan Anderson last second layup gave the Eagles their first lead of the game and headed into halftime with a 27-25 lead.
The second half started with both teams scoring the ball well.
Five quick points by Patrick Heckmann were answered by a Trey McKinney-Jones three, and a Julian Gamble dunk. Both teams then traded three-point baskets and a Ryan Anderson dunk gave BC a 39-35 lead at the media timeout. During the timeout it was reported that Larkin and Gamble were talking to each other, although not engaged in an argument, the mood started feeling weary for the Canes. Durand Scott then took leadership of the team and keep the team together and answered with a nice scoop layup after a Lonnie Jackson trey. Shane Larkin then answered with two consecutive layups and gave Miami a 43-42 lead and it's first lead since the 1:13 mark in the first half.
Shane Larkin began to take over the game as he knocked down a couple jumpers to give a four-point lead, but after two Heckmann free-throws, the game was nodded up at 50 with five minutes left to play.
Trey McKinney Jones knocked down a huge three-pointer, but was followed up by a reverse layup by Joe Rahon. Kenny Kadji came down and hit a runner in the lane, but again, it was matched by a BC three-pointer. Miami and Boston College were locked in a 55 with 3:01 left to play.
After two Durand Scott free-throws to give Miami a 57-55 lead, both teams exchanged a couple missed shots, until Shane Larkin hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a five-point lead with 1:40 left to play. After a couple Boston College turnovers, Rion Brown hits the dagger and gives Miami a seven-point cushion. After splitting the free-throws, Kadji gives Miami a 63-55 lead, but Olivier Hanlan, who finished with 14 points after erupting for 41 against the Yellow Jackets, knocked down a three to cut down the lead once again. After a couple Miami free-throws and a TMJ dunk that finished off the 14-3 run to end the game, Miami was able to pull away and move on to the ACC semifinals.
Player Of The Game: Shane Larkin. It's no surprise that this team goes as Shane Larkin goes offensively and with just five first half points, Larkin came out and scored 15 second-half points and hit the biggest shots of the game.
The Good: Late execution. The 'Canes finished off the Eagles with a 14-3 run to give them the 11-point victory in a highly competitive game.
The Bad: Taking their foot off the gas pedal. After Miami jumped out to a 21-8 lead, the team let go and let Boston College back into the game. It's become a habit for this team over the last couple of weeks and they're going to have to overcome that with the toughest games of the season yet to come.
The Ugly: All of our nails. I don't think there was any Hurricanes fan that wasn't nervous with how the team played for the first thirty-minutes of this game. For the second time this season, Boston College has left me without nails.
Next Game: Miami takes on the winner of the North Carolina State/Virginia game in the ACC Semi-final game, Saturday afternoon at 1 on ESPN.
|T. McKinney Jones||25||5-10||2-5||0-0||0||1||1||1||1||0||1||12|
|Percentages||.481||.333||.647||Team Rebounds: 5|
|A. Van Nest||8||0-0||0-0||0-0||1||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Percentages||.422||.389||.619||Team Rebounds: 1|