The Hurricanes went into Chestnut Hill unbeaten in the ACC and narrowly escaped with the win. The Canes’ now sits atop the ACC (13-3, 4-0 ACC) following their 60-59 win over the Eagles.
Just a half-second remained on the clock and BC found themselves down by three points – so long as Miami refrained from fouling, victory would be had. But Miami did foul. As Eagles’ freshman Oliver Hanlan heaved up a desperation 3-pointer, he was fouled by Miami G Durand Scott.
Hanlan managed to connect on the first two free throws, however, the third wasn’t meant to be. As it rattled off of the rim, time expired and Miami had won.
Hanlan led the Eagles’ with 17 points and four rebounds. Lonnie Jackson pitched in 16 points.
Miami now stands at 4-0 in ACC conference play, off to their best start since joining the conference.
Following Miami’s win, Scott, who was banged up all night, told the Miami Herald:
We just had a slow start and tried to regroup the best that we could. At times we didn’t look like ourselves, but for the most part we stuck together mentally and came out with a victory.”
Miami, who is coming off of impressive wins against Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Maryland, allowed their defense to take command nearing the end of play.
The Canes’ found themselves down by two at the half, yet managed to score 10 of the total 13 points to open the half. The Eagles’ were unable to drop shots, but Miami looked out of synch and failed to capitalize.
Miami was without C Reggie Johnson, who missed his eighth straight game due to a thumb injury.
Up next for Jim Larranaga and Miami: The Hurricanes will host Duke (15-1, 2-1 ACC) on Jan. 23.