The Orangemen came out of the gates on a tear. They took a huge 26-8 lead on the Canes midway through the first half, but the Canes fought back. Led by their talented freshman Davon Reed, the Canes were able to dig out of the early hole and even take a lead at one point. At the end, Syracuse was too much on the boards and beat Miami, yet again.
There was some good, some bad and some ugly to take from this game:
Jekiri started off a little slow with a couple of missed rebounds, but he lead the team in assists with four and challenged a bunch of shots at the rim.
Brown did what he does best. He shot the ball and shot it well. He hit three of his five three-point attempts and also added in eight rebounds to that.
But the real star for Miami was freshman, Davon Reed. He was unbelievable. The Canes looked dead in the water after falling behind by 18 points early in the first-half and Reed came in and knocked down 16 points off the bench for Miami. His and-one layup gave the Canes their first lead of the game in the second half.
Miami's resiliency and fight was also really nice to see. The Canes didn't come out with the victory, but they could have easily laid down after falling down 18 and coming off the blowout loss against Duke. Larranaga kept them into the game and focused and almost pulled off the upset again.
The poor start.
It was a little disappointing to see the Canes come out flat after a bad loss against Duke. Syracuse is a much better team then the Canes, but they just looked dead until a sudden 16-2 sparked them and the crowd.
Garrius Adams had a tough shooting night, especially from three. He hasn't been able to find his stroke since coming back from his injury last year and Miami needed some timely buckets and he wasn't able to deliver. Donnavan Kirk also had a rough day today and Miami needed both of their seniors to step up.
Also, the crowd was about 60-40 in Miami's favor but the 'Cuse fans were loud and ready for this one.
The rebounding. This is the second straight game that the Canes get bullied on the boards. Syracuse is one of the longest, better rebounding teams in the country and they showed the Canes that on first hand. Cuse had 39 rebounds while Miami was only able to secure 24 boards. The initial defense by the Canes was great all day, but they failed too convert on the defensive rebound far too often.
Also, James Kelly seemed to have sprained his ankle late in the second half on a jump shot. We hope he's okay, but it looked like a pretty rough sprain. As for the Syracuse fans in attendance, they decided to start a "Lets go Orange" chant as Kelly was rolling around on the floor in obvious pain. Come on now, you guys are better than that. That was really ugly.