Lykes, Wong lead Hurricanes to 71-54 win over Wake Forest

Wake Forest guard Andrien White (13) drives past Miami guard Isaiah Wong (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Chris Lykes and Isaiah Wong scored 13 points each to lead Miami to a 71-54 victory over Wake Forest Saturday afternoon.

Kameron McGusty and Dejan Vasiljevic finished with 11 points each for the Hurricanes, who won their second straight since a five-game winning streak that stretched from Dec. 14-31.

McGusty and Lykes hit 3-pointers that keyed a 14-2 Miami run in the first half. Wong’s 3-point play with 4:45 remaining capped the surge and gave the Hurricanes (13-12, 5-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 28-16 lead.

The Demon Decons (11-14, 4-11) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half and got to within 47-39 on Torry Johnson’s fast-break dunk with 9:11 remaining that ended a string of nine unanswered. Miami regained its double-digit advantage on McGusty’s 3-pointer.

Brandon Childress scored 15 points for Wake Forest.

BIG PICTURE:

Wake Forest: the Demon Deacons won’t need to book flights for the remainder of the regular season. Their next three ACC games are at home before the Deacons finish the regular season at neighboring North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Miami: coach Jim Larranaga won his 658th career game, surpassing Ralph Miller for 37th on the all-time list. Larranaga is 188-109 in his nine seasons at Miami.

UP NEXT:

Wake Forest: the Deacons return home and face Georgia Tech Wednesday.

Miami: the Hurricanes begin a three-game road set at Virginia Tech Wednesday.