Miami Hurricanes blown out by UNC in 2nd half after 14-0 lead to start game

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 27: Theo Pinson /
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After starting the game with a 14-0 lead Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Jim Larranaga told his team to play their game and not to the score. North Carolina outscored Miami 82-51 the remainder of the game to advance to the ACC Semifinals.

Just nine days after winning on a Ja’Quan Newton buzzer beater in Chapel Hill the Miami Hurricanes collapsed in the final four minutes of an 82-65 loss in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

North Carolina fell into the 14-0 hole by missing its first 13 shots of the game. Miami had several opportunities to stretch the lead than that but were unable to assert themselves. ESPN’s sideline reporter Allison Williams reported that Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Jim Larranaga to his team to play their game and not to the score.

The Hurricanes shot nearly as poorly in the first half as North Carolina. After beginning 0-13 the Tar Heels made 11 of their last 22 shots in the first half. Both teams got off to an abysmal start. Neither team scored until a Chris Lykes layup 3:27 into the game gave Miami a 2-0 lead.

Miami missed its first six shots of the game. The teams combined to miss the first 12 shots of the game. That came after combining for 179 points in the first meeting. After going scoreless in the first seven minutes, the Tar Heels exploded for 82 in the final 33 minutes.