Thanksgiving is a day when friends and family gather around the table, and feast as a group.
The Miami Hurricanes feasted together on the La Salle Expolorers, winning 85-49.
Every player at the table in Fullerton, California got in the scoreline and got a taste of the turkey, with Chris Lykes playing the role of lead host, scoring 18 points.
Chris Lykes with a team-high 18 pts— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 22, 2018
DJ Vasiljevic 15 pts and 7 rebounds
Zach Johnson with 12 pts
Ebuka Izundu with 10 pts and 8 rebounds
Sam Waardenberg with 10 pts
Deng Gak with 7 rebounds
Newcomers showed why they sat at the main table on Thursday. Zach Johnson had a breakout performance with 12 points, his first 12 in a Cane uniform. Anthony Mack had five points and Deng Gak had four points and and seven rebounds.
The usual contributors also brought the essentials to the Thanksgiving potluck. DJ Vasiljevic had another game in double-figures, scoring 15 points on 3-5 3FG. Sam Waardenburg and Ebuka Izundu continued to fill the void of Dewan Hernandez by scoring 10 each, with Izundu having a team-high eight rebounds.
One game aspect that did give the Canes issues was La Salle’s full court press. Even as Miami stretched their lead, the Explorers fought to force turnovers on Miami’s side of the court. Their effort was early successful as UM gave away the ball 19 times.
Even down big @LaSalleMBB keeps their full-court press going— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 22, 2018
However, if Miami broke any given press, the path to the hoop widened significantly.
While La Salle pressures, Miami breaks press and Zach Johnson hits open three-pointer @CanesHoops lead 37-15— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 22, 2018
Jared Kimbrough was another one of the few bright spots for La Salle, leading with a team high 10 points, but more importantly, and leading the strong effort early in the second half in spite of the numbers on the scoreboard.
In the waning moments, Willie Herenton scored his first career points in college basketball.
Walk-on Willie Herenton with two free throws two give himself his first career points— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 22, 2018
The walk-on followed this up with a three-pointer to put a holiday bow on Miami’s performance.
With the win, Miami will watch Northwestern and Fresno State play in the next game, as that winner will play the Canes tomorrow at 2PM Eastern in the Semifinals of the Wooden Legacy Tournament. The game will be on ESPN2.