Despite plenty of struggles this season, the Canes managed to close out their home schedule with a victory. On Senior Night, Miami (13-16, 5-12 conf) relied on their seniors to carry them past the Pittsburgh Panthers (12-18, 2-15 conf). Anthony Lawrence II put out his best performance Tuesday night, leading all scorers with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting, and completing a double-double with 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Fellow senior Ebuka Izundu finished with a double-double of his own, pitching in 14 points and 14 rebounds. Grad-transfer Zach Johnson and Dejan Vasiljevic joined Izundu and Lawrence in double figures with 14 and 13 points respectively.
Pitt has experienced plenty of struggles of their own this season, yet they still managed to keep this contest close for the majority of the game. With under 5 minutes to play, the Panthers were able to cut the Canes’ lead to 3 on a Xavier Johnson layup. That would be the closest they would get, as Miami closed the game on a 13-3 run. Johnson contributed a solid stat line of 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and senior guard Jared Wilson-Frame led the team with 18 points.
Coach Larranaga had his team ready to play, leaving a better taste in the mouths of fans in the Watsco Center after a tough season. The Canes were able to withstand an off night from leading-scorer Chris Lykes, who battled foul trouble and failed to hit double digits, finishing with 8 points. Miami currently sits in a 3-way tie for 10th place in the ACC with one game left, giving a sense of urgency for Friday’s finale against Virginia Tech. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00pm ET. The Hokies emerged victorious in the two teams’ previous matchup this season 82-70.