WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – 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 the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 80-65 Saturday.
“You could just see it tonight. I had a bad feeling coming into warm-ups with everybody going slow,” Larkin said.
“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). Larkin had 13.
Miami never got closer than 11 the final 9 minutes.
C.J. Harris turned a turnover into a fast-break dunk that started a 12-0 run that put the Demon Deacons (12-14, 5-9) on the fast track to their biggest victory since they knocked off then-No. 1 Duke four years ago.
“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.