What Jim Larranaga said after Miami’s loss to North Carolina in ACC Tournament

March 08, 2018
  • By Rolando Rosa
  • Diehards

Miami held North Carolina scoreless for the first seven minutes yet still managed to lose by 17 points against in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

The Tar Heels defeated the Hurricanes 82-65 on Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

North Carolina advances to face in-state rival Duke in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday at 9 p.m. (EST).

Theo Pinson had game highs in points (career-best 25) and rebounds (11) for North Carolina. Ja’Quan Newton led Miami with 17 points.

North Carolina won despite poor shooting performances from Joel Berry (4-for-14) and Luke Maye (1-for-15).

Miami raced out to a 14-0 lead as North Carolina began the game 0-for-13 from the field, which made North Carolina coach Roy Williams furiously empty out his bench.

The Tar Heels’ first three points came on a layup and free throw from Seventh Woods with 12:51 left in the first half.

North Carolina would soon thereafter re-insert the starters and rally to take a 32-31 lead into halftime.

The Tar Heels took the lead for good at 52-50 after a pair of free throws from Berry with 10:30 remaining.

Anthony Lawrence (12 points) was the only other Hurricane besides Newton in double figures.

Here’s what Miami coach Jim Larranaga had to say after the loss:

Larrañaga says he saw his team get anxious tonight. Needed to win 2 of 3 of TOV, rebound and fast break battle and didn’t

— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) March 9, 2018

Larrañaga: as the pace of the game speeds up you need to meet it with your mind, especially in the open court

— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) March 9, 2018

“We’ve got eight wins on the opponent’s home court.” Says that puts Miami in position to win in March.

— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) March 9, 2018

“Even though were young and we do lack experience … feel good about our chances no matter who we match up.”

— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) March 9, 2018

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