The 2019-20 season for the Miami Hurricanes came to a close Wednesday at the ACC Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. With a 69-64 loss to the Clemson Tigers, UM finishes the season with a 15-16 record.
Clemson used a 11-0 run after the teams were tied at 53 with four minutes to play to put the game away.
Clemson outshot the Canes 47-38%, including 31.8-30.6% from 3-point range.
Chris Lykes, who got hit in the facial area a week ago in a loss to Virginia, returned to action Wednesday but didn't start. This came after he missed the Syracuse win Saturday it its entirety. He would finish with a team-high 21 points on the afternoon while shooting 7-16 from the field and 5-11 from beyond the arc.
For the Tigers, Al-Amir Dawes led with 18 points, while Aamir Sims and John Newman added 14 and 11 respectively.
The Hurricanes used an 11-0 run late in the first half to turn a seven-point deficit into a lead. An Isaiah Wong putback with just over a second remaining in the first half would give UM a 23-21 lead heading into the locker room. Vasiljevic had seven points in the first 20 minutes, while Wong and Lykes had five each. Miami out rebounded the Tigers 20-14 in the opening half and didn't allow Clemson to the free throw line during that timeframe.
In the loss, UM won the rebounding battle 34-32 and the turnover battle 11-10.
The season-ending loss caps off an inconsistent season for the Hurricanes, who finished in ninth in the conference after being slotted in that same spot before the season. An ugly loss to Louisville on opening night could've spelled a bad omen for this team, but they were able to win some significant games, including a triple-OT win at Virginia Tech on Feb. 19 and an OT win against Syracuse on senior day.
The Canes will now have to look towards the 2020-21 season to realize their hopes of making a deeper run into March. As of now, Miami will return each scholarship player next year with the exception of DJ Vasiljevic and Keith Stone. UM will also get Nysier Brooks’ services’ in his first year of eligibility in Coral Gables, along with incoming freshmen Matt Cross and Earl Timberlake.