After getting annihilated by 25 points at North Carolina on Saturday, No. 12 Miami beat No. 3 Virginia, 64-61, on Monday to move to second place in the ACC standings. The Hurricanes (22-5, 11-4) trail the Tar Heels (22-5, 11-3) by just a half game in the conference.
“I think Saturday was a wake-up for us,” Hurricanes guard Davon Reed said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We played a tough game on Saturday, but unfortunately it didn’t fall our way. We kind of felt a little disrespected and embarrassed, and for us to come out tonight and just respond was a great feeling.”
Reed scored a team-high 21 points on just eight shots from the floor on Monday. He was 5-of-6 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the foul line, hitting two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to extend Miami’s lead from one to three. London Perrantes’ potential game-tying heave from 40 feet bounced off the backboard for Virginia, which lost despite 28 points from Malcolm Brogdon.
Miami shot just 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the foul line, but Reed’s late freebies were huge.
“It’s definitely tough,” Reed said of shooting free throws under pressure, “but it’s one of those things as a competitor you look forward to and you dream about. At the end of the day, you just got to rely on all the work that you put in, especially for myself, waking up early in the morning – every morning – shooting and putting up countless reps. That’s the kind of things you got to rely on. Just trusting your ability.”
The Hurricanes shot just 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from inside the arc but 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) beyond it to atone for their “embarrassing” loss to the Tar Heels.
“Tonight we were more like ourselves,” Reed said. “We definitely responded to the tough loss on Saturday.”
Miami, which has won nine of 11, hosts No. 11 Louisville (21-6, 10-4) this Saturday and faces No. 23 Notre Dame (18-8, 9-5) in South Bend on March 2. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.
The Hurricanes are still very much alive for an ACC regular-season championship.
“I knew when I was coming here that Coach L (Larranaga) was doing some special things,” said Reed, a junior from New Jersey. “Right before I got here, he had that amazing run with Shane (Larkin), Durand (Scott) and those guys, winning the conference and winning the ACC Tournament (in 2013). So I knew we had some bright things ahead of us. It was kind of rough my freshman year after losing all those players, and then last year, being ranked and then falling off and getting ranked again and falling off again and then going to the NIT Championship and losing – those were the kind of things we just looked at and learned from. This year, we’re right on our way. You can’t count us out.”