Miami Hurricanes fail to put Loyola away lose on last second shot

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15: Ja'Quan Newton
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Miami fought back and Ja’Quan Newton hit a baseline fall away jump shot with 39 seconds remaining to give Miami a two-point lead. On Loyola’s next possession Walker fouled Towns, Towns missed the first free throw and made the second with 26 seconds remaining.

Miami got the rebound and on an outlet pass to Walker, it was tipped out of bounds off his leg giving Loyola the ball. That’s when Towns missed the layup and Krutwig missed the follow. The Hurricanes again couldn’t put Loyola away when Walker missed the front end of the one-and-one.

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The game was a microcosm of the entire season. Failure to make free throws, too many turnovers and an inability to put an opponent away were issues all season and were all prevalent in the loss to Loyola.

Miami went eight-of-13 from the line, had 15 turnovers to Loyola’s 10 and couldn’t hold the five-point lead with 2:37 remaining. It was another opportunity lost this season.

The Hurricanes blew a 13 point second half lead earlier this season to Duke and lost to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament to North Carolina after starting the game with a 14-0 lead.

Miami was led by Walker with 12 points in what was likely his final game with the Hurricanes. He was one of four Hurricanes in double-figures. Dewan Huell and Ja’Quan Newton who definitely played his last game for the Hurricanes had 11 and Chris Lykes had 10. Dejan Vasijevic finished with nine.