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Canes Hold Off Colonials by 9 in Nation’s Capital

Despite the win, this afternoon shows many things need work.

NCAA Basketball: Miami at George Washington
Hurricanes forward Dewan Huell (20) shoots over George Washington Colonials guard Yuta Watanabe (12) during the second half at Charles E. Smith Center. Huell managed a double-double on Saturday
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Bruce Brown returned to the lineup from a hand injury, Dewan Huell had a double-double, and the Miami picked up a road win in a loud atmosphere.

But there was much to be desired for the Canes, who won by 9 despite being up by 21 late in the first half and 17 at halftime.

Earlier in the week, Jim Larranaga told reporters that he was saw a need for improvement in defense despite holding opponents to just 35% from the field, good for second nationally and first in the ACC.

“If you do something correctly seven times, but poorly three times, you’re not so much focused on the seven times, but looking at the three times and asking yourself why didn't you do it correctly every time.”

It may be easy to look at today’s defensive numbers and pat yourself on the back. After all the Canes held George Washington to just 30 percent from the field.

But as Larranaga said, it just goes beyond numbers. A non-partial viewer’s pair of eyes could see that the Colonials were highly effective down low, getting to the line enough to shot 12 free throws, and more alarmingly, coming down with a staggering 17 rebounds.

But on the bright side, the the Canes were also good down low offensively. Despite GWU playing in a 2-3 zone for much of the contest, Dewan Huell scored 15 points, mostly in the paint. He added 12 rebounds to complete a double-double.

Lonnie Walker added two style points down the stretch with this monstrous dunk.

Next up for Miami are the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the Diamond Head Classic. The game is on Thursday or Friday depending on you personal date interpretation, because the game will be played at 1am eastern time. Set your alarms or dvr’s folks because were in for some late night (or very early morning) hoops over the holiday weekend.