It was a day to forget for the Miami Hurricanes as their season was summarized in a single game at the Duke Blue Devils, in an 87-57 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Canes drop to 12-15 overall and 4-12 in the ACC while Duke (25-4, 13-3 ACC) keeps their conference championship hopes alive.
Even without Zion Williamson, Cameron Reddish and RJ Barrett hummer along together, each scoring 19 points, tying for a game-high. Reddish’s 10 rebounds paved the way for his double-double and tied Marques Bolden for a game high. Bolden also had a double-double with 15 points. Alex O’Connell’s 11 points rounded out Duke personnel in double-figures.
Chris Lykes was held to just four points for the Hurricanes on 1-15 FG, including 0-7 from beyond the arc. Ebuka Izundu and Anthony Lawrence had a team-high 15 points with Izundu coming close to a double-double with nine rebounds.
Duke never trailed after the closest UM came was 2-2 with less than two minutes in the game. Less than 14 minutes into the game, the Devils has already doubled the Canes in points, leading 22-11. They rode the early run to a large and insurmountable halftime lead of 47-19. A Dejan Vasiljevic layup with 9:18 to play up the Canes within 17 points, but Miami never got closer. The home team led by as much as 32 points with 2:13 left, when Jack White make his third of three shots from beyond the arc, after missing 28 three-point shots coming into the game.
The Canes return home for senior night against the Pittsburgh Panthers in Tuesday. They’ll wrap up the regular season later in the week at the Virginia Tech Hokies. Meanwhile, Duke puts themselves in position to still win the ACC regular season championship with two games left. Hosting Wake Forest and traveling to North Carolina, a 2-0 finish with help can catapult Duke to the top of the standings heading into the ACC tournament.