Streak Broken

It wasn't a win, but the Miami Hurricanes proved they belong as they traveled to Atlanta to face 10th-ranked Georgia Tech in front of a capacity crowd. The 'Canes were down only 48-47, but Will Bynum proved to be too much for Miami to handle as Georgia Tech pulled away late in an 80-69 win at Alexander Memorial Coliseum ending the ‘Canes' eight-game winning streak.

But even though the ‘Canes didn't win the game, they gained respect, something most people across the country didn't have for them when the season started.

Through the first eight minutes of the game, the ‘Canes led 11-10, but the Yellow Jackets went on an 11-0 run to take a 21-11 lead that grew to 14 by the half.

The run was led by Ra'Sean Dickey and Anthony Morrow.

Dickey scored five points during the run and Morrow contributed the other six to give Georgia Tech control.

But Miami wouldn't fold.

Trailing 46-32 at the half, the ‘Canes exploded out of the gate with a 15-2 run that closed the lead to 48-47 that had Georgia Tech on the ropes, but Miami could never grab hold of the lead as a jumper by Bynum and a free throw by Jarrett Jack pushed the lead by to four at 51-47 with 14:51 to play.

The ‘Canes were led on their run by Guillermo Diaz who lit Georgia Tech up for 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, had two assists and three steals.

Diaz opened the run with a three-pointer, then hit a lay up that sparked the run.

"We had a lot of energy and expected to win," Diaz said.

And on another night, that might have been all the ‘Canes needed, but this was Georgia Tech and Bynum was having none of that.

Bynum led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He also had seven assists and no turnovers.

An area that the ‘Canes sorely missed with their consistent shooting from beyond the arc.

On a night when the ‘Canes needed a second scorer besides Diaz, none stepped up.

Leading scorer Robert Hite contributed 13 points, but had a miserable night shooting, hitting only 5-of-17 shots and going 1-of-7 from three.

And Will Frisby faired no better from the field shooting 3-of-12 for six points. He grabbed 13 rebounds as the ‘Canes out rebounded Georgia Tech 46-40, but that was as much in part due to the Hurricanes poor shooting from the field as they were 27-for-73 as a team, only 37% for the game while the Yellow Jackets show 48.4% from the field.

"We know we can compete with anyone in the ACC the way we played in the second half," Hite said. "We were right there."

The ‘Canes will get that chance to show the country they can compete and win in the ACC when they play their home-opener against North Carolina State on Sunday at the Convocation Center at 4 p.m. before a capacity crowd as the game is sold out.

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