Hurricanes Grind Out A 55-50 Win Against The Blue Devils
It was a nail bitter for the Hurricane’s at the Watsco Center in a defensive battle against the Duke Blue Devil’s. The final score 55-50 in favor of the Miami Hurricanes. The last time these two teams met, the Canes were looking promising until a collapse in the third quarter that let the game get out of reach. This game had a different feel from the beginning from the opening tip-off. This game was won on the defensive side of the court.
Miami had a tough time scoring, but they made sure the Blue Devils had a hard time as well. In an uncharacteristic low scoring game, Duke was held do 31.8% shooting for the game. Jayson Tatum who is a highly touted draft prospect, had trouble shooting the ball all game. He was 4-16 from the field and scored only 8 points and 7 rebounds. Duke only had 2 players in double figures and shot 3-9 from the foul line as well. Coach Mike Krzyzewski understood how well the Hurricane’s played. “I think they are good defensively. It was tough to get shots. No matter what, we were in a position to win today. But we didn’t.
The true leader for the Hurricane’s today was freshman Bruce Brown. He scored the team’s first 7 points of the game and was not shy about attack the defense when he felt he had the advantage. He totaled 25 points, led the team in assists with 4, and had the teams only 3-pointer in the game. Ja’Quan Newton returned for his first game back from suspension and came off the bench to allow the offensive rhythm to continue for the Cane’s. Although the team as a whole did not shoot well, they made important basket in the 4th quarter stretch and clamped down defensively as well.
Coach Jim Larranaga has another 20 win season under his belt with the Hurricanes. He enjoyed the win, but understands the season is still not over yet. “Very satisfying to have another 20-win season. But we still have 2 tough games ahead of us.” The team has taken down the likes of North Carolina and Duke in ACC play. With two games remaining against Virginia Tech and Florida State, the Canes have work cut out for them. Look for the Canes to continue the winning streak hopefully punch their ticket to the big dance.