Miami basketball loses fourth straight at Wake Forest

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08:(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08:(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami basketball team lost its fourth straight game in a 66-54 defeat at Wake Forest. The Hurricanes losses are frequently taking on a similar theme. With only six healthy scholarship players Miami took a 13-5 lead early in the game. A 15-0 run by Wake Forest flipped the margin and the Demon Deacons never trailed.

Wake Forest became the seventh Miami basketball opponent this season to make at least 10 three-point shots. The Demon Deacons made 13 of its 29 three-point attempts. Miami made an uncharacteristic nine of their 15 three-point attempts. The Hurricanes were an abysmal one for eight from the free-throw line.

Senior guard Kameron McGusty led Miami with an efficient 17 points on seven of 12 from the floor and made three three-point shots on four attempts. Isaiah Wong had 14 but continued to struggle from the floor with the opponent focusing on him. Wong made only 5-15 from the floor but did shoot 4-7 on three-point attempts.

Miami continued to be hindered by injuries. The Hurricanes were without six scholarship players who began the season. That included freshman forward Matt Cross who was dismissed from the team on Thursday. Senior guards Chris Lykes and Elijah Olaniyi and freshman wing Earl Timberlake were also out.

Miami had to play against Wake Forest with six scholarship players. With the loss, Miami falls to 6-10 overall and 2-9 in the ACC. Miami is 14th in the ACC with 1-6 Boston College who got their only conference win against the Hurricanes in last. Miami will host Duke on Monday night at the Watsco Center.

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Wake Forest had four players in double figures led by Daivien Williamson with 16. Williamson was 6-10 from the floor and made three of his six three-point attempts. Wake Forest outrebounded Miami 38 to 30 and had a 30 to zero advantage from their bench. It was more of the same in the loss in Winston-Salem on Saturday.