Basketball falters as semester nearing a close, records broken in the water

Eight year Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga tries to calm down his team after Miami surrendered a nine-point lead against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Watsco Center in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Photo credit: Josh Halper

Eight year Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga tries to calm down his team after Miami surrendered a nine-point lead against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Watsco Center in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Photo credit: Josh Halper

Men’s Basketball

After falling to Seton Hall in the Wooden Legacy Championship, the Hurricanes extended their losing-streak to three games.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the Hurricanes 57-54 Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Watsco Center as a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Ebuka Izundu started off the contest strong notching his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. However, the senior center battled leg cramps and left the game early.

“Our energy level was sapped…The flight over to California was 3,000 miles, the flight back was 3,000 miles, we played three games over four days out there and we have only seven guys,” Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga said. “We could have used Anthony Mack tonight, but he was sick and unable to be at the game. Without Ebuka down the stretch, we didn’t have an inside game. Our guys could all use a break to rest and recover, but we just don’t have the bodies.”

Miami shot a season-low 33.8 percent with leading scorer Chris Lykes notching just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.

“We didn’t have energy as a team, and mentally we were not there, either,” Lykes said. “We have to regroup. Coach told us at halftime we have to pick up our energy. We were lethargic, turning the ball over a lot. As a point guard, I have to be better than that. That’s on me. My responsibility. I can’t have five turnovers in one half.”

Senior guard Anthony Lawrence II registered a team-high 16 points and chipped in eight boards.

Saturday evening, the Hurricanes were upset by the Yale Bulldogs 77-73 at in the Hoophall Miami Invitational at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami squandered a 15-point lead and ultimately failed to score in the final 3:21.

“First half we scored 49 points and shot 53 percent, but we were just not in sync offensively in the second half, and I wish I knew why,” Larrañaga said. “If you go 1-for-12 from three in the second half, you can’t win. We scored 49 first half, and 24, half of that, in the second. You have to give Yale credit. They played really good in both halves.”

Miami (5-3) couldn’t contain Yale (3-2) guard Miye Oni, who finished with a career-high 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

“We couldn’t guard him,” Larranaga said of Oni. “We’ve actually had a very hard time in every game guarding the other team’s best player. We just haven’t had a guy step up and stop a guy like that.”

Senior center Ebuka Izundu led the way for the Hurricanes with 19 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard DJ Vasiljevic added 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Hurricanes will look to get back in the win column against the Penn Quakers 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at The Palestra.

Women’s Basketball

The No. 21 Hurricanes were able to split a pair of game against the Purdue Boilermakers and the Colorado Buffaloes.

Miami lost its second road game of the season, losing 74-63 Thursday, Nov. 29 to Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The game came down to details of fouling a jump-shooter, which is a big no-no in basketball,” Hurricanes coach Katie Meier said. “Someone on your team is going to have to play really special off the scouting report performance to beat Miami and Dominique Oden did it.”

Oden scored a career-high 27 points for the Boilermakers and hit six shots from behind the arc.

Senior Emese Hof tallied her second double-double of the season, recording a season-high 25 points and 14 rebounds.

“I think she was determined,” Meier said of Hof’s performance. “She cares so much about this team, so I don’t think she had any idea how well she was playing. She just knew we were struggling offensively and she wanted to help Miami.”

The Hurricanes bounced back with a dominant 73-58 win over the Buffaloes Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Watsco Center.

Guard Laura Cornelius made four 3-pointers in route to a career-high 26 points in the victory.

She’s got to impose her will on the game at all times that she’s in,” Meier said of the redshirt junior. “In this game, I thought her reads off the ball screens were phenomenal.”

Forward Beatrice Mompremier contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.

Miami (7-2) will continue its home stand against the New Orleans Privateers 1 p.m. Dec. 9. at the Watsco Center.

Swimming and Diving

The Hurricanes scored 467 points at the Bruno Invite on the Brown University campus.

Miami was led by freshman Zorry Mason, who finished with three victories, including a school-record in the 200-yard IM twice. Mason’s official record-breaking time was 1:58.92.

The Hurricanes will compete at the USA Diving Winter Trials from Dec. 16 to Dec. 21 in Atlanta.