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Canes Hoops: Balanced effort leads Miami past Georgia Tech 80-65

Amp Lawrence flirts with a triple-double as the Canes pick up their 4th ACC win of the season

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After last Sunday’s letdown against Boston College, Canes Hoops gave one of their most well-rounded performance in a sound 80-65 defeat of Georgia Tech. Anthony Lawrence II fell one assist shy of a triple-double in a game where victory was rarely in doubt, and Miami moved up to 11th place in the ACC standings with 4 games to go.

The Canes were able to attack Georgia Tech’s zone defense early, jumping out to a 17-6 lead. Ebuka Izundu made his first 4 attempts, featuring a solid post move, a mid-range jumper and a couple alley oops. Miami’s ball movement was impeccable, with each of their first 11 baskets coming off of assists. Anthony Lawrence was the Canes leading scorer in the first half with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Miami’s defense was at a high-level in the first frame as well, forcing 9 Georgia Tech Turnovers while holding the Yellow Jackets to 33% from the field, 18% from 3 and 23 first half points, giving the Canes a 16-point lead heading into the break.

NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Miami-Florida
DJ Vasiljevic and Ebuka Izundu were efficient on the offensive end for the Canes
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Miami again looked like the better team in the second half, as they managed to maintain their lead despite GT finding their shooting touch (GT made 10 of their first 12 shots to start the half). Guard Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, and forward Moses Wright came on strong in the second half to finish with 19 points and 5 rebounds, but it was little too late as the Canes were able to keep GT at arms-length for the entirety of the contest.

Miami outplayed GT in nearly every facet of the game, outshooting the Yellow Jackets from the field (46% to 43%) from deep (36% to 33%) as well as from the line (89% with 17 made to 66% with only 8 made), outrebounding them 35 to 33, and taking better care of the ball (20 assists vs 11 turnovers for Miami vs 13 assists vs 16 turnovers for GT). What makes Miami’s offensive performance even more impressive is the fact that the Canes’ leading scorer Chris Lykes had somewhat of an off night, scoring only 11 points on 3 of 10 from the field. Dejan Vasiljevic and Anthony Lawrence II picked up the slack with strong performances of 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for DJ and 16 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for Amp. Ebuka Izundu also had a quality performance, falling one rebound short of a double-double with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

Miami improves to 12-14 on the season and 4-10 in conference play, while Georgia Tech falls to 12-16 and 4-11 in conference. The Canes return to action Tuesday when they travel to Wake Forest for a 7:00pm ET tip off.

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