Isaiah Wong and Anthony Walker lead Miami basketball in win over Jacksonville

Dec 19, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Isaiah Wong and Anthony Walker led the way in the 73-64 victory for the Miami basketball team over Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomores, guard Isaiah Wong with 25 points and forward Anthony Walker with a career-high 18 led the Miami basketball team to a 73-64 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday. Freshman wing Earl Timberlake made his collegiate debut and was impressive with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Wong is having an All-ACC type season as senior guard Chris Lykes continues to be out with an ankle injury. Saturday was the fourth 20 point game for Wong this season as Miami improved to 4-2. The Hurricanes ended a two-game losing streak with the victory. Walker has reached double figures in the last three games.

Miami led 37-27 at halftime. Jacksonville cut the deficit to three twice in the second half, but the Hurricanes never allowed the Dolphins to have the ball in a one-possession game answering with points both times. Miami held off Jacksonville by making 21 out of 24 from the free throw line Jacksonville was 4-10.

Walker and Wong also led Miami with 10 and nine rebounds. Miami dominated Jacksonville on the boards with a 49 to 26 advantage. Nysier Brooks and Matt Cross contributed eight rebounds each. Miami shot the ball better than they have this season. Entering Saturday Miami averaged 22.2 percent on three-point attempts.

The Hurricanes made six of their 20 three-point attempts against Jacksonville on Saturday and shot 38.3 percent from the floor in the victory. Jacksonville shot the ball well making 43.1 percent from the floor and made 10 of their 28 three-point attempts. Miami’s advantage on turnovers and free-throws was the difference.

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Miami will be off until December 29 when they resume ACC play at Virginia Tech. The Hokies have started the season 5-1 and were ranked as high as 15th before losing to Penn State earlier this month. Miami swept the two games game with the Hokies last season. Miami lost their only ACC game this season to Pittsburgh.