Miami Hurricanes need big comeback to defeat Boston College

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV /
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Miami dug itself the deficit by not taking care of the ball for most of the game. Miami turned the ball over 12 times to Boston College’s eight. Those numbers evened out a bit in the final minutes. Half of Boston College’s turnovers came in the final 3:42 of the game.

Although Walker hit the game-winning, Lykes was the story of the game. He finished with 15 points and three assists off the bench. Lykes was exceptional hitting all seven of his free throws. All seven of those free thrown came in the final 3:03 of the game. Miami needed every one.

Walker finished with 14 points on 6-14 from the floor and 2-5 on threes. He added three rebounds and four assists. Dewan Huell led Miami with 16 points and nine rebounds, four offensive. Huell shot 6-9 from the floor. Anthony Lawrence had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Miami pounded Boston College on the boards. The Hurricanes finished with a 39-27 edge on the glass. That included a 15-5 edge in offensive rebounds. Miami had a 19-4 advantage in second-chance points. The Hurricanes bench also outscored Boston College’s reserves 27-3.

There was still some effort and other issues to be concerned with. The Eagles outscored Miami 24-13 in points off turnovers and led for most of the game.

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Next game: Miami visits North Carolina with a chance to make a statement. The Tar Heels are currently fifth in the RPI and one of the hottest teams in the country. North Carolina enters Tuesday’s game with a six game winning streak. They have been off since a 78-74 victory at Syracuse on Wednesday night.