Despite entering the contest 11-2 at home all-time versus Virginia Tech (11-7, 6-7 ACC), Miami (8-8, 5-8 ACC) was unable to rally off a win just a few days after recording its fifth double-digit win of the season in the victory over Florida State on Sunday.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Dean E. Smith Center, but both of the schools’ administrators concluded that a postponement would remain necessary in order to comply with the ACC Medical Advisory Group report protocols.
“Wake Forest earned the victory,” Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga said. “We, obviously, are very beat up and don’t have a lot of weapons right now, so I was proud of the effort we gave in the second half. I thought we did some good things to kind of put ourselves in a position to go on a run, but we just didn’t have enough offense to complete the plays.”
The Canes struggled themselves, however, with only seven scholarship players available, as sophomore forward Anthony Walker (bruised heel), Earl Timberlake (shoulder), and Chris Lykes (ankle) were sidelined in the 73-59 loss.
The Miami Hurricanes attempted to build momentum on the road at Syracuse after upsetting the No. 16 Louisville Cardinals on Saturday. But not much went right for Jim Larrañaga’s program, however, as his team struggled mightily against Syracuse’s stifling defense.
“These last three ACC games have been very, very tough to swallow,” said Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga on his team dropping the last three games by a combined five points. “We had our chances—multiple chances to win these games. We just keep coming up a little bit short.”
Sophomore guard Isaiah Wong led the Hurricanes yet again with 13 points while senior guard Elijah Olaniyi and sophomore guard Harlond Beverly combined for 20. Their shared double-digit scoring was not enough to outlast Clemson (8-1, 2-1 ACC), who upset No. 18 Florida State at home on Tuesday evening.
Sophomores Isaiah Wong and Anthony Walker combined for 43 points as the Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team won their final non-conference matchup on the season against Jacksonville, 73-64, on Saturday afternoon at the Watsco Center
Sophomore guard Isaiah Wong recorded his second career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds through 31 minutes of action as the Hurricanes men’s basketball team defeated Stetson 82-60 on Friday night at home.