UM can’t stop skid against No. 3 Vir­ginia, lose 5th in row

Hur­ri­canes way be­low av­er­age in 5th loss in row

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Hank Kurz Jr.

CHAR­LOTTESVILLE, Va. — Vir­ginia was sloppy at times for the sec­ond game in a row. The way they play de­fense, the No. 3 Cava­liers have some room for er­ror.

De’An­dre Hunter scored

14 points, Ma­madi Di­akite had 11 points and three blocks, and the Cava­liers locked down on de­fense again to beat Miami 56-46 on Satur­day. Kyle Guy added 10 points on just 4-for-15 shoot­ing for the Cava­liers

(20-1, 8-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), who played with­out point guard and third-lead­ing scorer Ty Jerome be­cause of a sore back.

“It felt a lit­tle off,” Guy said of play­ing with­out Jerome, “but I think it was a good test for our guys to try to fight through that.”

Vir­ginia had 14 turnovers one game af­ter hav­ing 16 in an over­time vic­tory against North Carolina State.

“We were un­sound the last two games,” coach Tony Ben­nett said, “and of course Ty helps us with that and his ab­sence cer­tainly showed. It was in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all our guys to play in that.”

Chris Lykes scored 16 points to lead the Hur­ri­canes (9-12, 1-8), who lost their fifth in a row. Zach John­son and Sam Waar­den­burg each added 10, but Miami be­came the ninth team held be­low 50 points by the Cava­liers this sea­son. The Hur­ri­canes en­tered av­er­ag­ing 74.4 points per game, and, Ben­nett said, “missed an aw­ful lot of wide-open looks.”

Vir­ginia used a 9-0 run in the first half to take an 18-11 lead and never trailed again. The Cava­liers built the lead to 13 but had trou­ble gain­ing more sep­a­ra­tion as they shot just 42.3 per­cent (22 of 52).

“We did a pretty good job de­fen­sively. We were just not able to make, I think, some very make­able shots,” Hur­ri­canes coach Jim Lar­ranaga said. “I al­ways tell the team (when) you play Vir­ginia, it’s the first team to 50 that wins, and they got to 50 be­fore we did.”

Re­jec­tion: Di­akite now has 11 blocks in his past three games. Brax­ton Key added two blocks and Hunter had one for the Cava­liers.

“I am just try­ing to have fun there,” Di­akite said. “I just like hav­ing fun block­ing shots when I have a win­dow.”

Sev­eral of Vir­ginia’s blocks came close to the rim.

“Di­akite and Hunter took away layups,” Lar­ranaga said.

Miami: The Hur­ri­canes’ No. 3 scorer, An­thony Lawrence, was 0 for 7 from the field and scored just two points while their No. 4 scorer, De­jan Vasil­je­vic, was 0 for 3 and did not score. Miami shot 34 per­cent (17 of 50) from the field and 19 per­cent (4 of 21) from 3-point range.

Vir­ginia: Fresh­man Ki­hei Clark played al­most the en­tire game in place of Jerome and led the Cava­liers with six as­sists but also com­mit­ted six turnovers. Vir­ginia turned the ball twice as of­ten as Miami, but still man­aged to outscore the Hur­ri­canes 8-4 off those take­aways.

Up next: The Hur­ri­canes re­turn home and face Notre Dame on Wed­nes­day night.


Vir­ginia’s Ma­madi Di­akite, who scored 11 points, shoots over UM’s Ebuka Izundu in the sec­ond half Satur­day.

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