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Miami pulls out 78-70 win over upset-hungry Bethune-Cookman

Miami pulls out 78-70 win over upset-hungry Bethune-Cookman

Paul Austria
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats gave Miami quite a scare on Saturday afternoon, but the Hurricanes prevailed and gutted out a 78-70 win as a few clutch 3’s down the stretch from Chris Lykes, DJ Vasiljevic, and Anthony Lawrence helped the Canes pull away.


Lykes led the Canes with 21 points and six assists while Vasiljevic added 20 points, including four three-pointers for the sharpshooter. F Anthony Lawrence also played a key role with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

The duration of the game was very tight with nine ties and 16 lead changes, with the last tie coming at the 2:31 mark before Miami ended the game on an 11-3 run.

Bethune-Cookman led by just 1 at the half but their defense was stifling and aggressive, limiting Miami to just 6 makes on their first 27 shots and building a couple of 7-point leads.

Miami then began the 2nd half on a 13-2 run and even held the Wildcats to just 1-11 shooting in the first four minutes of the second half to establish a 10-point lead before Ryan Ridder’s team cut into the deficit.

G Malik Maitland had himself a game for the Wildcats as the lefty put up 29 points on the board, a new career-high to go along with 8 rebounds. Maitland even scored 21 of the team’s first 46 points. F Cletrell Pope also added a double-double off the bench with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wildcats did not attempt a free throw until the 9:34 mark of the 2nd half and to make matters worse, they had four technical fouls as a team.

The Hurricanes were again without F Dewan Hernandez as he continues to be held out due to an ongoing NCAA investigation about his eligibility.

Miami will not be on the court until Thanksgiving when they take on La Salle as part of the Wooden Classic in Fullerton, CA while Bethune-Cookman gets a couple of days off before facing Nebraska at home on Tuesday.
 

Comments (23)

Dewan is not being held out due to an FBI investigation of his eligibility. You should correct that.
 
UM asked the NCAA to "clear" Dewan, right? How they do that, and how quickly, is anyone's guess.
 
UM asked the NCAA to "clear" Dewan, right? How they do that, and how quickly, is anyone's guess.

I am going to say this again. Don’t expect the NCAA to suddenly act with everything going on and there are more trials set for next year.

Since our chicken chit cowards won’t back Dewan; Dewan must retain counsel and sue the school.

Dewan may or may not try to go pro (not saying he should). He already lost ~10% of this regular season.
 
It would be a real shame for Dewan (not to mention the team and fans) if he returned for his junior year to prove he is NBA worthy and lost the entire season due to an "eligibility review" that has no deadline. The stakes are enormous. Potentially millions of dollars in guaranteed money for Dewan, and the difference between an NCAAT team with him and a borderline NIT team without him. If there is evidence of payment, let's know about it and face the music. If there isn't, reinstate the kid and let's go. There is no reason this should be taking as long as it already has, and I fear we aren't close to a resolution.
 
It would be a real shame for Dewan (not to mention the team and fans) if he returned for his junior year to prove he is NBA worthy and lost the entire season due to an "eligibility review" that has no deadline. The stakes are enormous. Potentially millions of dollars in guaranteed money for Dewan, and the difference between an NCAAT team with him and a borderline NIT team without him. If there is evidence of payment, let's know about it and face the music. If there isn't, reinstate the kid and let's go. There is no reason this should be taking as long as it already has, and I fear we aren't close to a resolution.
Leave it to the incompetent morons who run our compliance department to botch this **** yet again.
 
If there are more trials and FBI/Justice is holding more evidentiary material for those, NCAA might very well wait to see that before they issue a "cleared" edict. That's a long sad way off... unfair to us fans as well as to the very badly affected players and family, of course.
 
If there are more trials and FBI/Justice is holding more evidentiary material for those, NCAA might very well wait to see that before they issue a "cleared" edict. That's a long sad way off... unfair to us fans as well as to the very badly affected players and family, of course.
Why is he the ONLY one not playing? If all the others were having to sit out, I could see some justification for this.
 
Why is he the ONLY one not playing? If all the others were having to sit out, I could see some justification for this.
Seems like a reporter could ask Coach L or Mia AD or someone exactly that question, eh? DO you job, folks!
 
Noticed in the box score that Mack didn't play again. Any word on that?
 
Noticed in the box score that Mack didn't play again. Any word on that?
Was a 1point game with a minute to go and BC led much of the game. Wouldn't a good guess be that Coach L doesn't feel he's reliable enough for such a situation ?
 
It would be a real shame for Dewan (not to mention the team and fans) if he returned for his junior year to prove he is NBA worthy and lost the entire season due to an "eligibility review" that has no deadline. The stakes are enormous. Potentially millions of dollars in guaranteed money for Dewan, and the difference between an NCAAT team with him and a borderline NIT team without him. If there is evidence of payment, let's know about it and face the music. If there isn't, reinstate the kid and let's go. There is no reason this should be taking as long as it already has, and I fear we aren't close to a resolution.

It should be a crime to hole the kid out. If it turns out that he was held out for no reason, it could literally cost the man tens of millions over his career.
 
I am normally against tweeting the players and I don’t use social media in general. But someone needs to contact Dewan and let him know about DeQuan Jones and how he needed to retain counsel and sue the school.
 
Was a 1point game with a minute to go and BC led much of the game. Wouldn't a good guess be that Coach L doesn't feel he's reliable enough for such a situation ?

Was he sitting on the bench?
 
If any schools are looking for anti-Miami recruiting stuff, how we handled this would be a great example.
 
End of game flow.
 

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