Miami came out storming, quickly streaking out to a 19-6 lead, mainly on the strong shooting of James Palmer and Ivan Cruz Uceda.
Davon Reed continued his hot shooting, nailing his first three of the game. Miami's offense was super-hot early, but would they be able to sustain the offensive explosion?
Ja'Quan Newton and Deandre Burnett missed threes, but Burnett converted on a scramble after his missed lay-up attempt, followed by a Manu Lecomte three to give the 'Canes a 15-point lead
Reed continued his impressive defense with timely blocks and solid work on the glass. The run continued after a Sheldon McClellan drive and then another 3-ball by Lecomte. All of a sudden, the 'Canes were up 34-14 with less than 5 minutes to play in the first half.
Cruz Uceda and Lecomte drilled back-to-back threes and the 'Canes seemed like they would not be denied their #6 seed in the ACC Tournament.
The 'Canes headed to the locker room with a commanding 46-18 lead - dominating Virginia Tech on both sides of the ball.
At the start of the 2nd half, the 'Canes seemed determined to take terrible shots and give VT life. After a Coach Larranaga ("What the hell are you guys doing?") time-out, McClellan had a sweet block, followed by a Palmer dish to Tonye Jekiri for a two-handed stuff.
The 'Canes recovered from their early-half slump and rebuilt their commanding lead. Palmer connected on his 5th three of the game (5-5) and Lecomte drilled yet another.
Cruz Uceda had by far his best game as a 'Cane and picked up Jekiri who wasn't at 100% (illness).
Next up, the 'Canes play Wednesday in the 2nd round of the ACC Tournament. As with the last two games, the next game is another elimination game for Miami.
Game Metaphor Footage: Miami (Dragon) - Virginia Tech (Hapless Soldier)
|Miami (FL) Hurricanes|
|Tonye Jekiri, C||1-4||0-0||2-2||1||2||3||1||1||0||2||0||4|
|James Palmer, G||5-10||5-5||2-2||3||1||4||1||0||0||1||2||17|
|Sheldon McClellan, G||2-8||0-4||2-2||1||3||4||5||2||1||1||1||6|
|Davon Reed, G||1-3||1-1||1-2||1||4||5||2||2||2||1||3||4|
|Manu Lecomte, G||6-8||5-6||3-4||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||20|
|Omar Sherman, F||1-1||1-1||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Ivan Cruz Uceda, F||7-11||3-4||1-1||2||3||5||0||1||0||1||3||18|
|Deandre Burnett, G||1-5||0-3||0-0||1||2||3||3||0||0||0||2||2|
|Ja'Quan Newton, G||2-6||0-1||4-4||0||4||4||3||0||0||1||1||8|
|Virginia Tech Hokies|
|Christian Beyer, F||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||3||2|
|Adam Smith, G||1-6||0-2||1-3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Will Johnston, G||1-3||1-3||0-0||0||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Devin Wilson, G||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||2||0||0||1||0||0|
|Ahmed Hill, G||6-11||0-1||5-5||1||3||4||1||0||0||1||1||17|
|Satchel Pierce, F||5-8||0-0||3-4||4||3||7||0||0||2||3||4||13|
|Shane Henry, F||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Malik Muller, G||1-2||1-2||0-0||0||2||2||2||0||0||1||1||3|
|Justin Bibbs, G||4-10||2-4||1-2||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||3||11|
|Jalen Hudson, G||3-6||2-3||1-3||0||1||1||4||0||0||4||2||9|