No. 2 Miami knocked off by Wake Forest 80-65
By JOEDY McCREARY
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Shane Larkin noticed during warm-ups that something was off with No. 2 Miami. The go-go, uptempo Hurricanes seemed a step slow, and not entirely ready to play.
They certainly paid for it.
Miami's unbeaten start to Atlantic Coast Conference play is history. So is its 14-game winning streak and its highest-ever national ranking, after the Hurricanes were knocked off by Wake Forest 80-65 on Saturday.
"You could just see it tonight. I had a bad feeling coming into warm-ups with everybody going slow," Larkin said. "I was trying to get people to go fast, and I wasn't even going full speed like I should have.
"Overall, we weren't prepared before the game and they came out and punched us in the mouth."
Durand Scott had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Hurricanes (22-4, 13-1), the last of the schools in the six BCS conferences to get its first league loss.
But Miami never got closer than 11 in the final 9 minutes and was outrebounded 36-35 by the younger, smaller Demon Deacons as the best start to ACC play since Duke's 16-0 mark in 1998-99 came to a surprisingly lopsided end.
"You want to go undefeated, you want to win every game, but you're still in first place," Larkin said. "That's in the past and we're just going to let it stay in the past."
The Hurricanes - whose previous three wins came by a combined 12 points - looked like they had another tight finish in them when Scott capped an 18-8 run with a jumper with 14 1/2 minutes left to make it 46-41.
He added a layup 2 minutes later to pull Miami to 50-45, and it looked as if the Hurricanes were going to find a way to keep their charmed run rolling.
But two possessions later, C.J. Harris turned a turnover into a fast-break dunk that started a 12-0 run that put the Demon Deacons on the fast track to their biggest victory since they knocked off then-No. 1 Duke four years ago when they were in the top five themselves.
"There's been some tough times, so staying with it, fighting through adversity, finally coming on top of a big-time win is amazing," Harris said.
Harris finished with 23 points and hit all five of his 3-pointers while freshman Codi Miler-McIntyre added 15 points for the Demon Deacons (12-14, 5-9).
They shot 54 percent, led by double figures for the entire second half and reeled off 12 straight points to pull away for their biggest victory under third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.
As the final seconds ticked away, Harris and Travis McKie - two of the team's three available non-freshmen on scholarship - exchanged a flying chest-bump before the Wake Forest students rushed the court for the second time in little over a month.
An 86-84 upset of then-No. 18 North Carolina State on Jan. 22 was its biggest victory under Bzdelik.
This one topped it, by far.
"Who would have ever thought Wake Forest beating Miami at home would have been a court-rushing scene?" Larkin said.
McKie finished with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots and Devin Thomas scored 10 points for the Demon Deacons, who - after two years of being one of the ACC's worst teams - have transformed themselves into a tough out at home in the conference.
They improved to 5-2 against ACC foes at Joel Coliseum. The losses - to Duke and Georgia Tech - are by a combined six points.
"It shows hope, and if everybody has faith in us and the energy stays the way it does every game - at home, at least - that just shows a big future for Wake Forest basketball and the entire program, period," Miller-McIntyre said. "I know it hasn't been so well in the past few years, but we're all trying to put that behind us."
They thoroughly outplayed the Hurricanes from start to finish, hitting shots from all over the court against a Miami team that at times appeared fatigued after gutting out those three tight wins but wouldn't let that excuse fly.
"Wake Forest won this game," said Miami big man Reggie Johnson, a Winston-Salem native. "We had mental lapses on the defensive and offensive end. ... I don't want to take anything away from Wake Forest."
Harris hit three 3-pointers during a 2-minute stretch of a 28-8 run that put Wake Forest up 19 on the Hurricanes - who until then hadn't trailed by more than 13 at any point in an ACC game during their run.
Arnaud William Adala Moto's fast-break layup with just over a minute before the break put the Demon Deacons up 42-23.
"Every player in the first half for them was very sharp. They were well rested," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "They had a whole week to prepare for us. They defended us well and we were just not as sharp as we need to be."
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