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.
Hurricanes surprised some across the college basketball landscape with an impressive 78-72 win over the No. 16 Louisville Cardinals, snapping an 18-game losing streak over AP Top 25 ranked opponents.
“We are excited to announce these staff hires as we work to improve all facets of our program on and off the field,” Diaz said in an official statement.
Collecting their first ACC win on the season, 84-62, Eagles guards Jay Heath and Rich Kelly combined for 52 points to burn Miami (5-6, 1-5 ACC) on the team’s 18 3-point field goals.
Change has come to Manny Diaz’s coaching staff, just days into 2021 and the offseason.
“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.
Hurricanes senior guard Endia Banks, who received her first start on the season, paced her team with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting through 34 minutes of action.
“Very disappointed in the fact we didn’t come away with a win, but I’m also very humble to be a part of this team,” said tight end Brevin Jordan. “I mean, these guys did not — they never quit.”
No. 18 Hurricanes come back from 21-point deficit but fall short against No. 21 Oklahoma State without QB D’Eriq King in Cheez-It Bowl
The Hurricanes managed to rally back behind backup quarterback N’Kosi Perry, but the valiant effort fell short and the Hurricanes fell 37-34 in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
After a series of postponements, the Hurricanes hit the road for the first time this season looking to upset No. 4 NC State. The Canes put up a less than stellar performance at the Reynold Coliseum, where they fell to the Wolfpack 78-47.