Thursday, February 5, 2009


MIAMI 79, No. 6 WAKE FOREST 52 - Just a week ago, the young Demon Deacons played splendidly and then watched their faithful rush the court at Joel Coliseum following an impressive last second win over then No. 1 Duke. Last night, they were on the other end of the stick, having to witness the Canes' fans mid-court celebration following a blow-out loss to a solid, but unranked, Miami.

Jack McClinton is the type of player that can take over a game, and tht is exactly what he did scoreing a season-high 32 points. On defense, the Canes used a zone defense to stymie Wake Forest, which lost its second consecutive game. The young Demon Deacons are rapidly learning the perils of ACC road games.

The Hurricanes hardly looked like a team that had lost three straight games, while Wake looked little like the powerhouse that knocked off then No. Duke just a week prior. In the face of the Canes' zone, the Deacons shot 19 of 60 from the field for 31.7 percent while making a paltry 3 of 20 (15 percent) from behind the arc. Miami challenged Wake Forest to beat them with jump shots, and the Demon Deacons simply couldn't do it.

McClinton scored 14 consecutive points for the Hurricanes late in the game to help build their biggest margin of victory ever against a ranked team. He finished 11 of 19, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range, and added three steals and two assists.

The victory snapped a slump for the Hurricanes (15-7, 4-5 ACC) at the start of a three-game stretch against top 10 teams. They visit No. 3 Duke on Saturday and will be at home against No. 4 North Carolina on Feb. 15.

(AP Photos/Wilfredo Lee)

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