Eye of the Hurricane

February 3, 2011

Another Nail-biter for the Canes

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelperchick @ 10:31 pm

Four games, four nail-biters, four losses.  In the first time in the history of Miami basketball, the Canes had lost four consecutive games by four points or less.  Finally, that streak ended tonight with a 59-57 victory in a game that became way too interesting.

The Canes, who were up by as many as 21 in the second half, fell apart as they had no answer for Georgia Tech’s full-court press.  The Yellow Jackets responded with a 30-10 run to close the gap to a one-point game with only twenty second left.  Miami was able to hold on thanks in large part to a charging foul drawn by big man Reggie Johnson with 9.8 seconds left.

While Canes fans were relieved with the victory, the tone and mood of the post-game press conference was tense, as everybody wanted to talk about the sloppy ball handling that lead to 28 turnovers- many of which were unforced.  Canes coach Frank Haith pledged that the turnover issue would be solved for their game on Saturday against Virginia.

So, should we look at the glass half-full and be happy the Canes pulled out a victory?  Or look at it half-empty and wonder how a game that seemed like a blow-out almost became an embarrassing defeat at home?  I’m going to be positive here, and be content with the victory, as it kept our faint postseason hopes alive.

Hopefully the victory can give us some momentum for our game Saturday afternoon against Virginia.

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