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Miami adds to Wake's misery

Miami adds to Wake's misery

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — If not Miami, then who?

Wake Forest lost to host Miami 76-65 on Saturday afternoon in a battle between struggling ACC teams.

Miami (9-7, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak while Wake Forest (7-8, 0-3) lost its third in a row.

Wake Forest guard Chaundee Brown, who is from Orlando and enjoys playing in his home state, had a career high 22 points. He scored 20 points at Miami last season.

“I came out aggressive, and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in open spots,” said Brown, who had his parents, his brother and a friend in the stands. “I wish we could’ve come up with the win.”

The Deacons, tied for last in the ACC with Clemson and Boston College, may struggle to win many ACC games this month. Their next three games are against Top-25 teams — N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Virginia — before concluding January at home against Boston College and Louisville.

Wake Forest coach Danny Manning was asked about losing to Miami, which is down to just seven scholarship players.

“Any game you lose is a lost opportunity,” Manning said. “It doesn’t matter who you play.”

It certainly didn’t help Wake Forest that its leading scorer, junior point guard Brandon Childress, was held scoreless in the first half and finished with just 11 points. Childress padded his stats with two 3-pointers in the final 2:18.

The game had been decided by that time, and Childress finished 2-of-12 from the floor.

“It was one of those games when shots don’t go in,” Manning said. “He took some shots when he was pressing a little bit.”

Wake Forest led 33-32 at halftime, and there were 10 lead changes in the game overall. Wake Forest cut its deficit to 51-49 with 9:11 left to play on a layup by Brown, drawing a fourth foul on Miami starter Anthony Lawrence, who immediately left the game.

That seemed to be the break Wake needed as Miami is vulnerable every game due to its lack of depth.

But Brown missed the ensuing free throw, and Miami went on a 9-2 run with two 3-pointers by Dejan Vasiljevic and one by Chris Lykes. Wake never threatened again, and the loss was especially disappointing for the Deacons, who had a huge 24-4 advantage on second-chance points. But Wake shot just 34.4 percent from the floor and allowed Miami to shoot 11-of-25 on 3-pointers (44 percent).

A bright spot for Wake was the play of freshman Michael Wynn, who entered Saturday with just three career points in 10 games.

Against Miami, Wynn scored 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting, including 2-of-7 on three-pointers. Brown said he could see this coming.

“We’ve been about to fight in practice,” Brown said. “He makes me compete. I tell him I need that — we battle each other.”

Wynn, who played 12 minutes, said he didn’t have any advance warning that he’d get a bigger opportunity in this game.

“It’s just the thing of ‘always be ready’ — just always locked in,” he said.

Ultimately, though, the Deacons couldn’t stop Lykes, who had a game-high 25 points to go with four assists, and Vasiljevic, who had 14 points and made 4-of-8 on three-pointers.

Lykes, listed at 5-7, used his speed to get past the Deacons, making 5-of-11 from the floor and 14-of-14 from the foul line.

“He’s blessed with an unbelievable burst and change of speed,” Manning said of Lykes. “He’s exceptionally fast, and you can’t mimic what he is in practice with your scout team.”

NOTES: Wake Forest has lost nine straight games in Florida, dating to 2011. ... Wake Forest was averaging 19 points from the foul line and ranked sixth in the nation in free throw attempts. But the Deacons got just nine free throw tries against Miami, making eight.

MIAMI 76, WAKE FOREST 65

FG FT Reb

WAKE M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Hoard 34 3-12 0-0 4-11 0 5 6

Smart 14 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 1 4

Brown 26 9-15 2-3 2-3 0 4 22

Childress 39 2-12 5-5 1-3 7 4 11

Wright 28 2-7 0-0 1-2 1 2 5

Mucius 18 2-5 0-0 1-3 0 1 4

Sarr 15 1-5 0-0 2-4 1 1 2

T.Johnson 14 0-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 0

Wynn 12 4-9 1-1 1-1 0 2 11

Totals 200 25-73 8-9 14-33 11 20 65

Percentages: FG .342, FT .889. 3-Point Goals: 7-33, .212 (Brown 2-5, Wynn 2-7, Childress 2-9, Wright 1-5, Sarr 0-1, T.Johnson 0-3, Mucius 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 12 (Hoard 4, Brown 2, Childress 2, Sarr 2, Mucius, Wright). Steals: 7 (Childress 4, Wynn 2, Brown).

FG FT Reb

MIAMI M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Izundu 28 5-7 1-2 3-11 3 4 11

Z.Johnson 33 2-7 2-2 0-5 3 1 8

Lawrence 24 1-3 0-1 0-2 2 4 3

Lykes 34 5-11 14-14 0-2 4 1 25

Mack 27 3-7 1-2 0-3 1 1 9

Waardenburg 27 2-4 1-2 3-9 3 0 6

Vasiljevic 26 5-9 0-0 0-4 0 1 14

Totals 200 23-48 19-23 6-36 16 12 76

Percentages: FG .479, FT .826. 3-Point Goals: 11-25, .440 (Vasiljevic 4-8, Z.Johnson 2-5, Mack 2-5, Waardenburg 1-1, Lawrence 1-2, Lykes 1-4). Team Rebounds: 1.Blocked Shots: 5 (Lawrence 2, Izundu, Mack, Z.Johnson). Turnovers: 15 (Lawrence 6, Izundu 4, Mack 3, Lykes 2). Steals: 5 (Z.Johnson 2, Izundu, Lawrence, Mack).

Wake Forest 33 32 — 65

Miami 32 44 — 76

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