Your University of Miami Hurricanes looked like ACC Champions for exactly twenty minutes. The only problem is that college basketball games last 40 minutes. And they were playing ACC rival Duke.
The #6 ranked Blue Devils applied suffocating pressure defense to rally from a 12-point halftime deficit and beat Miami by the score of 81-74 on Wednesday night at the Bank United Center. It was the dreaded turnovers that once again doomed the Hurricanes. Miami attempted only 45 shots to 60 for the Blue Devils after 22 turnovers halted the Hurricanes offensive opportunities.
Miami led by 12 points at halftime before Duke went on a 29-9 run to start the second half. The Blue Devils shot 9 for 15 from 3-point range after halftime to get back into the game and then extend their lead. Duke (22-4, 10-2 ACC) increased their league lead with their fifth win in a row. Miami (17-9, 3-9 ACC) on the other hand lost for only the second time in 13 home games.
Scott has grown up fast at UM and has become the go to guy for Frank Haith. He rewarded his coach when he sank a runner at the buzzer to end the half to put the Hurricanes up 37-25, their largest lead of the game.
Unfortunately, it was a lead that would not hold up on this cool, windy night in Coral Gables.
The Blue Devils scored 56 points in the second half after a rather unemarkable first half in which they shot 4 for 19 with seven turnovers and fell behind 23-12 early in the game.
Leaving Hurricane fans to wonder: "Was Duke just setting something up?