Magical run ends abruptly in DC. 'Canes lose 71-61 to Marquette.

Rob Carr

You just can't afford to have a really bad shooting night in the Dance if you expect to move on.

Maybe it was the devastating news that Reggie Johnson would be unavailable? Maybe it was Marquette's air tight defense?

Perhaps it was just one of those nights.

Miami couldn't hit a jumper, either contested or open, in the first half. And in the second half Marquette took the ball to the hole time and time again in a game that wasn't as close as the score.

We'll get back to that in a second.

Before I push forward and analyze what was a very disappointing end. We all need to take a step back and give the team an ovation for the best season in the program's history. ACC regular season and tournament champions, first team ever to bear Duke and UNC by over 25 in the same season, and ranked as high as #2 in the AP Poll.

Bravo fellas!!

Back to tonight's debacle. Shooting 6-28 and 1-12 on threes in a first half, is the NCAA Tournament equivalent of running across Highway 401 with a piano on your back. To make matters worse the Golden Eagles nailed 54% of their shots on the night. No analogy needed.

Bottom line the Hurricanes played arguably their worst game of the year tonight, and against a Sweet 16 opponent (believe me they are all good at this stage) that is curtains.

I could delve into even further analysis about what went wrong. But that would be a disservice to the great gift of a season we received this year.

Hurricanes Hoops fans, I think there is only one thing left to do.

Blast "One Shining Moment", close your eyes, and think back hard to the Duke Destruction, the intense wins over Michigan State, Carolina, and glorious wins in Greensboro. Thanks again guys for a great season!!

Marquette

Name FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast PF Pts
Juan Anderson 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 1 0
Vander Blue 7-12 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 14
Junior Cadougan 2-6 0-1 4-7 3 4 1 3 8
Davante Gardner 5-7 0-0 4-4 1 3 1 1 14
Trent Lockett 3-6 0-0 2-2 3 11 3 3 8
Chris Otule 5-9 0-0 1-2 2 2 0 2 11
Steve Taylor, Jr. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0
Derrick Wilson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 1 0
Jamil Wilson 5-9 3-4 3-4 0 5 2 0 16
Totals 27-50 3-6 14-19 10 28 13 11 71
Percentages .540 .500 .737

Miami (FL) Hurricanes Miami (FL)

Name FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast PF Pts
Raphael Akpejiori 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Rion Brown 2-12 1-8 0-0 2 6 0 2 5
Julian Gamble 2-3 0-0 2-3 3 5 0 1 6
Tonye Jekiri 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 0 0
Kenny Kadji 5-12 1-5 0-0 1 4 0 2 11
Shane Larkin 4-9 2-5 4-5 2 5 3 3 14
Trey McKinney Jones 3-10 3-8 0-0 2 7 3 1 9
Durand Scott 3-12 1-1 3-4 3 6 5 5 10
Erik Swoope 3-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 1 6
Totals 22-62 8-27 9-12 15 38 11 15 61
Percentages .355 .296 .750

Game Info

Technical Fouls:
None
Arena:
Verizon Center, Washington
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