What a disappointment.
In a game where Coach L was in the building but too sick to be on the sideline, the Canes rained 3s on their way to a late lead, that they ultimately relinquished as they fell to Boston College 72-70. Chris Caputo took the reigns from Coach L, and while the game may have been more fast paced than Coach L would have liked it, this may be the new identity of this Canes team. For a team that was giving up less than 60 PPG deep in the season, of late the Canes have relied on there offense to simply outscore teams. Saturday was no different.
There were 25 points before the first official TV timeout, with the Canes jumping out to a 14-11 lead. And the teams kept up their blistering pace, heading into the break, with the score 44-43 in favor of the Canes. The Canes held the lead even with Dewan Huell and Lonnie Walker IV both going scoreless in the first half.
It was the 3 point shooting for the Canes that allowed them to keep pace with the Eagles early, as they launched 16 deep balls and knocked down 8 before the break. Dejan Vasilijevic knocked down his first 3 3-pointers, while Chris Lykes led the way for the Canes heading into halftime with 12 points.
The Eagles kept pace with the Canes, heavily relying on the stellar shooting of Ky Bowman who scored 18 before the break including 3-4 from behind the arc. The Eagles as a team shot 57.1% from the field and 66.7% from 3 in the 1st half.
Lonnie Walker finally scored his first field goal 2 minutes into the 2nd half, yet he still found himself on the bench early. The scoring for both teams slowed down from the incredible 1st half pace, an Miami’s defense finally started to look like the defense of old, causing turnovers and holding Boston College to 29 in the 2nd half.
The Canes held a 70-64 lead with 6:17 left in the game before the wheels completely fell off and the Eagles tied it at 70. With 2.9 seconds left Ky Bowman knocked down 2 free throws to seal the victory. In the final 6:17 of the game, the Canes did not score a single point.
Jerome Robinson had a game high 29 points, while DJ led the way for the Canes with 17.
The loss puts a damper on things as the Canes are set to host #2 Virginia on Tuesday. With Villanova suffering a loss to Saint John’s it seems very likely Virginia will be ranked #1. You want to be a contender? This is Miami’s chance to prove it.