Miami Hurricanes need big comeback to defeat Boston College

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV
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Down 14 with 6:16 remaining in the game the Miami Hurricanes staged a furious rally to defeat Boston College 79-78 in Coral Gables on Saturday. A Lonnie Walker three-point shot with 2.3 seconds remaining in the game provided the winning margin.

The Miami Hurricanes didn’t play with any sense of urgency until trailing by 14. Despite making some big plays in the final minutes Miami was sloppy for most of the game. The game was a near reversal of the game the Hurricanes and Eagles played in Chestnut Hill earlier this month.

Boston College held Miami scoreless for the final 6:27 with a 9-0 run on their home floor to defeat Miami 72-70 in the first game the teams played two weeks ago. Miami flipped the script with a 26 point offensive explosion in the final 6:16 of the game. They held BC to 11 points in the same time frame.

Freshman Chris Lykes was sensational down the stretch. Lykes sparked the Hurricanes comeback in a game they needed to have. Lykes had 11 points and two assists in the last four minutes of the game. Lykes had a key steal and three-point play to cut the Boston College lead to six with just under two minutes to go.

Lykes three-point play was the fourth foul on Boston College point guard Ky Bowman. With 1:28 to go Lykes drew a charge on Bowman that fouled him out.

Bowman and backcourt mate Jerome Robinson torched the Hurricanes for the second time this season. Bowman had 15 and Robinson 30. In the two games against Miami, the duo combined for 98 points. Robinson averaged 29.5 points per game against the Hurricanes this season. He had 30 in the loss.