CORAL GABLES (The Sports Xchange) — No. 15 Miami overcame one of its coldest shooting games of the season to pull away late for a 77-63 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.READ MORE: South Florida COVID-19 Test Sites See Long Lines As Cases Surge
The Hurricanes (15-3, 4-2 ACC) shot only 35.9 percent from the field and did not pull away to their 14th double-digit win over the season until the final 10 minutes of the game.
The Demon Deacons (10-9, 1-6) tied the game at 48-48 on guard Rondale Watson’s free throw with 10:19 remaining when the Hurricanes, whose season-low shooting from the field is 34.6 percent, went on a 17-3 run that finally put the visitors away.
The Hurricanes led 65-51 after guard Sheldon McClellan’s two free throws at the 4:06 mark, and Wake could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way. Miami’s biggest lead was 17 points, 73-56, on guard Angel Rodriguez’s two free throws with 1:56 remaining.
Miami guard JaQuan Newton came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points. McClellan and Rodriguez had 14 each for Miami.READ MORE: Deadly Hollywood Shooting, One Person In Custody
Forward Devin Thomas and guard Bryant Crawford led Wake Forest with 12 each.
Wake Forest went to the locker room down only 35-33 at halftime, cutting an 11-point deficit down to two by outscoring the Hurricanes 11-2 over the last 3:13 of the period.
The Hurricanes were up 33-22 after guard Ja’Quan Newton’s jumper and led by nine, 35-26, on McClellan’s basket with 1:43 left. But the Deacons closed out the half on a 7-0 run as Miami turned the ball over once and missed its last three shots, including guard Davon Reed’s heave from midcourt at the buzzer.
It could have been a one-point game, but Wake guard Bryant Crawford missed the second of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 4.4 seconds remaining in the half.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 1 Hospitalized In Homestead Double Shooting
NOTES: Miami faces a quick turnaround with a Monday night home game against Duke. … Wake Forest’s home game with Virginia was delayed to Tuesday night from Monday because of the blizzard that inundated the East Coast. … Wake Forest fell to 1-6 against ranked opponents for the season. The Demon Deacons’ only win was over then 13th-ranked Indiana. … Miami G Angel Rodriguez came into the game having gone only 2 of 25 from 3-point range the previous five outings but hit his first two long attempts to help get Miami out to an early 8-3 lead. … The 77 points are a season high for Miami in ACC play.