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Miami defeats Wake Forest for seventh straight win

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Dec 20, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Kameron McGusty (23) reacts after making a three point shot over Stetson Hatters guard Wheza Panzo (1) during the second half at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Kameron McGusty (23) reacts after making a three point shot over Stetson Hatters guard Wheza Panzo (1) during the second half at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Wong scored a season-high 25 points, leading host Miami to a 92-84 win over Wake Forest on Saturday night for its seventh straight victory.

The Hurricanes shot 19-of-27 from the foul line. Wake got just eight free throws (4-of-8).

Miami (11-3, 3-0 ACC), which played its second straight game without starting center Sam Waardenburg (COVID protocols), also got 18 points and a team-high seven assists from Charlie Moore and 17 points from Jordan Miller. Leading scorer Kameron McGusty finished with 15 points after being held scoreless in the first half.

Miami, which has its longest win streak in four years, shot 61.5 percent from the floor, including 9-of-18 on 3-pointers.

Wake (11-3, 1-2) got 19 points from Jake LaRavia. Isaiah Mucius scored 17 points, including a season high in 3-pointers (5-for-9). Demon Deacons wing Alondes Williams scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half.

Wake lost despite shooting 54.7 percent from the floor and grabbing nine offensive rebounds to just three for Miami. Wake shot 10-of-30 on 3-pointers.

Miami never trailed, leading 27-12 with 8:15 left in the first half. However, Wake kept pounding the ball inside, cutting its deficit to 43-38 by halftime. Wake made its final 10 shots of the first half.

In that first half, Miami made 7-of-11 on 3-pointers, including 3-for-3 from Moore and 3-for-4 from Miller. All three of Moore’s shots were from several feet behind the 3-point line.

Williams, Wake’s leading scorer, missed his first four shots. He was scoreless until making two shots in the final minute.

For Miami in the first half, Miller had 13 points, Moore had 12 and Wong had 11.

Wake was led by LaRavia with 12 points.

McGusty finally got his first points on a backdoor play that ended with a dunk with 15:30 left in the second half. On Miami’s next trip, McGusty made a 3-pointer and found his groove.

Wake didn’t shoot its first free throw until 6:44 left in the second half. Miami had shot 16 foul shots to the point.

The Deacons got as close as a two point in the second half but couldn’t overtake the Hurricanes.

–Field Level Media