It is almost an oxymoron to say that there is a good aspect of a loss, but senior forward Will Frisby played his best game in the biggest game of Miami's young season.
Frisby scored 18 points, tying a season high, in Miami's 92-83 loss to Duke Wednesday night.
"It was fun to play in that atmosphere," Frisby said. "I think that now we can play with anybody. Duke is a top ranked team. They came out and made all their shots. We made some mistakes, but we fought and it was a great game. I feel that we have learned from it and we are going to keep striving for better things.
"We had an opportunity tonight and we came up short. Losing by 10 is not a large margin. Do not get me wrong, we still lost, but it was not like we lost by 30 or 40 points. We contended and held our own against Duke."
With Duke focusing their defensive attention on guards Guillermo Diaz and Rob Hite, it was imperative that the Hurricanes get some scoring help from their forwards.
"I was pleased that we were able to score in the paint," coach Frank Haith said. "Our big guys were outstanding. They tried to take our perimeter guys away. I thought early in the game, our big guys kept us in the game, because Duke was so aware of how they were playing our perimeter guys. From where our post players started at the beginning of the season to now, they have made tremendous strides."
Not only did Frisby contribute to the score, he also did his work on the offensive glass, helping the ‘Canes grab 20 offensive rebounds.
"We always know that we are going to go to the boards, that is one thing that we do well," Frisby said. "I feel that whoever we are playing against, big or small, we can always go to the glass. That will be one of our positives in every game that we play."
Unfortunately, Duke played their best offensive game of the year, scoring 92 points on 61 percent shooting for the field. Center Shelden Williams was a force Miami could not stop. Williams went 11-of-12 from the field and hit 8-of-8 free throws.
"Shelden is a really good player," said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We wanted to get him the ball. Because our perimeter guys are good shooters, it is tough to double Shelden. That is an advantage tonight because a lot of times he was one-on-one. He showed a lot of poise tonight. He made some big time moves."
Nonetheless, Frisby chooses to take this loss and spin it positively.
"I always said that as a team, we have what it takes. We are going to work hard inside and out every day. We put in blood and sweat, just like any other team. We are going to take this as a lesson."
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