Canes Fall to Wake Forest, 94-82

The Miami Hurricanes (13-6, 4-4 ACC) suffered a tough loss on the road Saturday to fifth ranked Wake Forest, 94-82. Hurricanes started the game red-hot, but could not close the game out in the final minutes.

Heading into the season, Miami had to know that there would be frustrating games like this in the ACC.

In the first half, Miami played its best basketball of the season, but fatigue set in during the second half as a deep Wake Forest pulled away.

Miami was led by point guard Anthony Harris, who had a career high 28 points and nine assists, while guard Guillermo Diaz scored 21, in their 94-82 loss to the fifth-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Miami kept the game close, with the game tied at 63 at the 13:25 mark in the second half, but then Wake Forest pulled away.

Wake Forest (17-3, 5-2 ACC) was led by center Eric Williams, who bulldozed his way for 23 points on 11-for-14 shooting and 11 rebounds. Justin Gray scored 20 points for the Demon Deacons.

The game started with a blistering pace. At the 10 minute mark in the first half, Miami led 34-30. The Hurricanes were 14-of-18 from the field during this stretch, while Wake Forest was 12-for-17. Each team scored 9 fast-break points.

Point guard Anthony Harris led Miami during the first 10 minutes with 15 points, going 6-for-8 from the field. Leading Wake Forest, Grey spotted up for 10 points of his own.

Miami did not relent in closing out the half, building a 46-39 lead behind a 9-3 spurt. But Wake Forest always seemed to have an answer, with a Justin Gray three pointer, or a slashing Jamaal Levy.

Miami went into halftime holding to a 49-48 lead.

The Hurricanes seemingly could not miss in the first half—even freshman Raymond Hicks banked in his first three-pointer of the season—shooting from 19-of-34 the field. Miami shot a phenomenal 10-for-11 from three and grabbed 18 rebounds, eight offensive. Harris led all scorers with 18 points at the half, but even more impressively, dished out 7 assists. Diaz chipped in with 14 points, shooting 4-of-4 from behind the arc. Robert Hite and Will Frisby each scored six points and led the ‘Canes with four rebounds.

Gray's 16 points led Wake Forest, while Levy and Trent Strickland added nine points each.

The Demon Deacons came out of halftime with a renewed defensive intensity, trying to trap Miami. Wake Forest ran their offense through Williams, as he scored their first four points of the half. However, Miami never stopped attacking, keeping it close after first five minutes of the half, losing 58-60.

Wake Forest then started to pull away as the three-pointers stopped falling for the Hurricanes. Miami was just 3-for-14 in the second half from behind the arc.

Wake Forest continually penetrated Miami's zone defense, and as the Hurricanes converged, the ball-handler found the open man inside. Frisby picked up his fourth foul of the game, making an already thin bench thinner.

Miami was stifled during a 9-1 run by Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons took a 74-65 lead. Hurricanes looked fatigued in the second half—both buy the frenetic pace in the first half, and the play of Williams. Williams, 6-foot-9, 291 pounds, beat up Miami inside in the final 13 minutes with 13 points.

Miami guard Robert Hite did not start the game, coming in with 17:25 left in the first half, because he missed yesterdays practice. Hite finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Frisby also finished with eight rebounds, nine offensive.

Miami's next game is Wednesday at home versus Virginia Tech at 7:30 PM.

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