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Canes Hoops Recap: Canes Waste Record-Setting Night Behind Bad Defensive Performance

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They gave up 103. Yikes

NCAA Basketball: Miami at Florida State
Seminoles guard Terance Mann makes a shot in the first half
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The Miami Hurricanes made a program record 17 three-pointers.

But today’s defensive debacle made the record a moot point. When you give up 103 points, it will take more than 17 threes to beat a conference rival on the road.

FSU did everything to the Cane defense today, having SIX players in double figures, with Phil Cofer leading with 21 points. The Noles went 33-55 from the field, 9-19 from beyond the arc, and went 28-39 from the free throw line, making twice as many free throws than the Canes even attempted.

As you will see below, it was not a pretty night in terms of defense, as FSU’s Braian Angola will take the ball from a rebound to an easy layup, one of many breakdowns tonight on the defensive end.

That being said, there were some positives. Lonnie Walker continued his impressive stretch by leading all scorers with 23 points. DJ Vasiljavic, who was struggling coming into the night, scored 20, including going 6-10 from three-point range.

With five minutes to go in regulation, Miami trailed by six but was able to force OT behind Walker and Vasiljevic threes and a Dewan Huell dunk. Walker also had another clutch block as time expired and the game went to an extra frame.

The first two minutes of overtime saw the Seminoles causally jump start a 6-0 run and the Canes never recovered, losing by nine.

The Hurricanes now find themselves 15-5 (4-4) and in 8th place in the ACC. They will look to get back on track with the Pittsburgh Panthers coming into Coral Gables on Wednesday night.