The Miami Hurricanes didn’t have the prettiest performance on Saturday afternoon against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.
But some pretty stats from key players helped Miami take their third win in this young season.
Chris Lykes continued his high-offensive output in a season where he is expected to be a key scorer—recording a team high 21 points to go along with six assists, also tops on the team.
DJ Vasiljevic was right behind with 20 points while going 4-9 behind the arc.
Anthony Lawrence recorded 13 points of his own, leading Miami in rebounds with nine. Lawrence only went 1-5 from beyond the arc, but his only three-pointer came at a key point in the game, late to extend the lead Miami wouldn’t give up.
The Hurricanes only scored 11 team bench points, with Zach Johnson scoring nine of them. If one were to examine reasons why this game was close through its entirety, scoring depth would appear at the top of the list.
Right below that would be Bethune-Cookman’s Malik Maitland having a career day, scoring 29 points with nine rebounds. While just short of the double-double, Cletrell Pope picked up the rest with 18 points and 10 points.
But the rest of the Wildcats scored just 23 points, showing the situational ability of the Cane defense.
Maitland was quick to make his presence known, giving his team the early lead.
Malik Maitland up into double figures for BCU as the Wildcats take a 19-16 lead—the guard is 2-2 on 3FG and leads team with four rebounds— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 17, 2018
A dry spell for the Canes helped the Wildcats extend their lead.
Miami w/out a FG in nearly seven minutes—BCU leads 25-18 with 5:50 in first half— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 17, 2018
Lykes and Waardenburg got the game back on track after the slow first half.
Chris Lykes with 5 second half points so far to kickstart team run—Waardenberg also with 4 after halftime.— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 17, 2018
Much of the second half was a back-and-forth as Maitland often answered Miami baskets.
Under eight timeout and @CanesHoops is back on top 53-51 after Lykes and Johnson baskets— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 17, 2018
Two moments would spark separation between the two teams as Miami pulled away late.
Technical foul on BCU as Miami hits four consecutive free throws—lead 67-61 with four to go.— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 17, 2018
DJ Vasiljevic’s two technical shots came right before Anthony Lawrence hit the free throws from the personal foul.
Huge three from Lykes, huge block from Gak, Vasiljevic hits a three!— Austin Pert (@AustinPert98) November 17, 2018
This would put the nail in the coffin, as Miami took an eight point lead that held until the final horn.
C. Lykes: 21 points, six assists
D. Vasiljevic: 20 points, 4-9 3FG
A. Lawrence: 13 points, 9 rebounds
Z. Johnson: 9 points
M. Maitland (BCU): 29 points, 5-7 3FG, 9 rebounds
C. Pope (BCU): 18 points, 10 rebounds
Miami is next in action on Thanksgiving Day, playing La Salle in Fullerton, California at 2:30 PM Eastern. Miami played La Salle last year in Reading, PA. This year’s game will be shown on ESPN2.