Shane Larkin and fifth-ranked Miami stayed shot for shot with third-ranked Duke on its famously hostile home court for most of Saturday night. The Hurricanes just didn't execute well enough in the final minutes to earn a second straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Larkin had a costly turnover and later missed one of Miami's desperate pair of 3-pointers for the tie on the final possession of a 79-76 loss.
''We just didn't hit the shot that we needed to hit to tie the game at the end,'' Larkin said.
The Hurricanes led by seven in the first half, by two at halftime and by three with about 10 minutes left before Duke pushed ahead for good. The Blue Devils took their biggest lead at 75-65 with 2 minutes to go before the Hurricanes put together a frantic rally to make it a one-possession game on Trey McKinney Jones' 3-pointer with 1:06 left.
But Miami made a series of late mistakes - whether it was Reggie Johnson fumbling away passes in the paint or Larkin missing a free throw that...