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Miami suffers ugly loss at Virginia Tech

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Miami’s poor shooting continued Saturday night as the Hokies snapped a 10-game conference losing streak and defeated the Hurricanes 52-45 in Blacksburg.

The Hurricanes were held to their lowest offensive output of the season and the fifth time they’ve been held under 50 points. Miami shot 15-of-58 from the field, 7-of-34 from 3-point range, and missed nine of its 17 free throw attempts in another woeful performance from the field.

Miami (12-13, 3-9) dug themselves an early hole, missing 22 of its first 27 shots. That hole became even steeper when it missed 10 of its first 11 shots to start the second half.

Virginia Tech (9-15, 2-10) led for most of the game despite shooting just 37 percent from the floor. The Hokies used an early 14-1 run to take a 17-5 lead and never trailed again the rest of the way.

Miami pulled to within three twice in the second half, first on an Erik Swoope layup with 10:47 to play and later on a Garrius Adams 3-pointer with 5:05 left but couldn’t get any closer. Its comeback attempt was dashed when Devin Wilson scored all 12 of his points in the final 3:38 to close out the Hurricanes. Wilson also had nine assists and B.J. Barksdale also scored 12 points for the Hokies.

Adams led Miami with 13 points while Rion Brown recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds but the offense was too inconsistent for the majority of the night.

Miami faces Notre Dame next Wednesday night at 9 PM at the BankUnited Center.

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