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MBB Loses at No. 15 Virginia Tech, 84-70

MBB Loses at No. 15 Virginia Tech, 84-70

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team lost at No. 15 Virginia Tech, 84-70, Friday evening in the teams’ regular-season finale in front of a sellout crowd at Cassell Coliseum. Chris Lykes led Miami with 16 points and a career-high nine assists. Anthony Lawrence recorded his fourth double-double in the last five games with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
 
Miami (13-17, 5-13 ACC) shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the field, including just 6-of-29 from 3-point range. Virginia Tech was hot from behind the arc, nailing 14 of 26 3-point attempts (53.8 percent). The Hokies (23-7, 12-6) shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field.
 
Ebuka Izundu (16) and Zach Johnson (14) also scored in double figures for Miami. Izundu went 8-for-8 from the field. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led Virginia Tech with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Ty Outlaw added 19.
 
Miami hit seven of its first eight shots in bolting to an early 16-8 advantage. From there, the Hokies tightened the clamps on defense, holding the Hurricanes to two field goals over the next 13 minutes while out-scoring UM 35-8 for a 43-24 lead. The Canes hit their final three field-goal attempts to go into the break down 14, 45-31. The Hokies hit 9-of-15 3-pointers in the half and parlayed seven UM first-half turnovers into 16 points.
 
The Canes pulled within 11 points, 47-36, on a Johnson 3-pointer with 17:49 remaining but could get no closer.
 
Miami opens ACC Tournament play Tuesday at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Pairings and game times will be announced Saturday evening.
 
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Game Notes
• Anthony Lawrence II played in his 128th career game, seventh most in program history.
• Lawrence scored 15 points. The 39th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, he now has 1,019 career points.
• Lawrence recorded his eighth career double-double, including his sixth this season and fourth in the last five games.
• Chris Lykes scored 16 points, reaching double figures for the 25th time in 30 games this season.
• Lykes has scored 16 or more points in 19 games this season.
• Lykes recorded a career-high nine assists and matched his career high in steals (3).
• Playing in his 133rd career game, Zach Johnson scored 14 points and now has 1,706 career points (1,344 at Florida Gulf Coast, 362 at Miami).