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Canes Hoops Recap: Miami Wins Third in a Row in Close Win over Wake Forest

Got that W, fam

NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Miami
Hurricanes guard Ja’Quan Newton drives the ball around Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Bryant Crawford
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons came to Coral Gables on Wednesday night to play the Hurricanes.

The Canes jumped out to an early lead and subbed their bench big men into the game early, with Rodney Miller getting a point at the free throw line.

At 1:55 in the first half Dewan Huell went out with an injury after “twisting his right ankle after landing awkwardly.” Huell was taken to the locker room.

Despite holding onto a ten point lead with under five minutes left in the half, Wake Forest sparked a little run and the teams went into the locker room with a tighter score of 35-31.

Huell returned after halftime with his ankle taped up. Despite the injury, Huell had another double-double with exactly 10 rebounds and points.

It did not help the on-court performance, however, as the Canes found themselves down 41-40 right after the under 16 timeout.

Miami responded with a 7-0 run to go up by eight with six and a half minutes in the game, which featured a thunderous dunk by Ja’Quan Newton— who scored 16 tonight and is getting back into rhythm— and a three-pointer by Sam Waardenberg, who scored 12 points and saw extended time off the bench due to foul trouble from DJ Vasiljevic. Both scores came off two of Chris Lykes’ five assists to go along with his 13 points.

The Canes run continued until Wake Forest began to regularly foul at the 90-second mark. The Deceans got within five with just under 40 seconds and three with 25 seconds.

Huell hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to four with 13 seconds left, and after a stop, Lonnie Walker, who led the team in points with 19, hit two free throws to give Miami an 87-81 win they would finish with.

The Canes now stand alone in fourth place in the ACC and are just 1 game outside on second.

Miami will travel to Massachusetts this weekend to play the Boston College Eagles on Saturday at 2 pm. The game will not be on TV but can be streamed on WatchESPN.