Eye of the Hurricane

January 27, 2009

Post Game Thoughts: Miami @ NC State

Filed under: Uncategorized — dvillavicencio @ 10:47 pm

Miami lost a heartbreaker in Raleigh tonight when freshman Julius Mays hit a three from the top of the key with 2.6 seconds to go in overtime to send the Canes back to Coral Gables with a 84-81 loss.

This is the Hurricanes’ second consecutive overtime loss following Sunday’s loss at home to Virginia Tech.

A lot went wrong for Frank Haith’s squad.

-Jack McClinton had 27 points and the stomach flu to go along with his five turnovers.

-Cyrus McGowan looked lost and played soft in his five minutes of action.

-Lance Hurdle struggled offensively scoring 3 points while going 1-5 from the field.

-James Dews had another bad game. The junior who was expected to be a solid third scoring option coming to the season was scoreless tonight in 24 minutes of action.

-The Hurricanes faced several big deficits throughout the game, the largest beign 19 points with 19:34 to go in the game.

Sidney Lowe’s Wolf Pack also had a lot of things go their way.

-Courtney Fells lived up to his reputation as a UM killer. The senior led the Wolf Pack in scoring with 24 points. Fells entered the game having missed his last 15 three point attempts before lighting up the Canes for 18 points from beyond the arc.

-Brandon Costner had a big game down low with 21 points.

-Ben McCauley chipped in with 12 points and seven boards.

-The Pack managed to win the game despite getting dominated on the glass 33 -22.

-They also didn’t need too many second chances scoring just 3 second chance points all game compared to Miami’s 18.

The past two losses put Miami in a tough spot the rest of the way. After losing two winnable games, The Canes have dropped to 3-4 in the ACC with 9 games to go.  Things don’t get any easier for the men in orange and green as their next four games are at Maryland, against Wake Forest, at Duke and back at home against UNC.

It’s going to be important to beat Maryland and at least one of the games against Wake, Duke and Carolina or Miami will likely be a bubble team without a signature win come tournament selection time.

Do you thinks the Canes can win two out of their next four?

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