The contest went back and forth throughout, featuring 13 ties and 16 lead changes. There were moments when it seemed like the Canes were beginning to pull away, but they went scoreless the final six minutes.
With a game against likely No. 1 Virginia looming, it would be easy for the Canes to look ahead and show up in Chestnut Hill lacking focus. That would be a grave mistake.
But Newton was struggling, and when sophomore standout Bruce Brown Jr. went down with a foot injury last week, he was moved to a bench role. He made the most of it against the Demon Deacons.
If the trend continues, he could be the first Miami Hurricane ever selected in the top 14, making him the first lottery pick in program history. He would also be the fifth drafted in the first round.
Lawrence led the Hurricanes (17-5, 6-4 ACC) with a career-high 25 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for his second-straight double-double, despite battling an illness.
Miami (15-7, 5-4 ACC) led for nearly the entire contest, but saw a lead as high as 17 get cut to two with under a minute left after a 16-5 Virginia Tech (14-8, 3-6 ACC) run.
The reigning ACC Co-Rookie of the Week notched 16 points and five rebounds, while shooting a perfect 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, to lead Miami past Pittsburgh 69-57.
How will Miami fare against its next three conference opponents? Pittsburgh and Wake Forest have the worst two records in the ACC.
The Hurricanes (15-5, 4-4 ACC) made their living from downtown, hitting a school record 17 three-pointers on 50 percent shooting, nearly doubling the Seminoles’ makes from deep. But even with its offensive fireworks, Miami could do little to slow its rivals on the other end.
The Hurricanes, who were on a three-game winning streak, were able to hold national Player of the Year candidate Asia Durr to a season-low seven points on 1-of-7 shooting. But Durr had plenty of help, which ultimately doomed UM.