Eastern Kentucky held a narrow 27-25 lead over No. 18 Miami heading into the locker room on Friday night. To start the second half, the upset alert in Coral Gables turned into a full-on rout, as the Colonels’ 3-point shooting took down the Hurricanes, 72-44, in a wire-to-wire victory.
The two sides traded buckets to begin the second half. What followed was 14 unanswered points by Eastern Kentucky, 12 of which came of 3-pointers. The Colonels hit 5-of-12 threes in the first half, and that shooting didn’t cool down in the last 20 minutes, as they ended up connecting on nine more threes.
Over the previous five games, the Hurricanes limited teams to a combined 26 percent from three, with only Savannah State shooting better than 30 percent. On Friday night, Eastern Kentucky, shot 54 percent shooting from beyond the arc of 14-0f-26 from three. Miami made only 12 field goals through the entire game.
Miami had 11 days off to prepare for this game, and just came out flat, especially in that Eastern Kentucky spurt in the second half, failing to locate the shooters on the floor and letting Isaac McGlone to get three open looks during the 14-0 run. Couple that with Miami’s 29 percent shooting and the 37 points the Colonels scored off turnovers, and you got one of the more surprising upsets of the season.
Timmy Knipp hit five 3-pointer en route to a game-high 19 points, followed by Corey Walden with 18, Eric Stutz with 13 points, nine rebound and five assists and McGlone with 12 off the bench.
Angel Rodriguez went 0-for-6 with one point.
For Miami, it doesn’t get easier before ACC play, the Hurricanes take on Providence on Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.