Lonnie Walker IV’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining capped a 14-point comeback and lifted Miami over Boston College 79-78 Saturday afternoon.
The Hurricanes (20-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) were rallying late in the second half when Walker retrieved the inbounds pass, dribbled toward the top of the key and launched his 3-pointer to cap Miami’s comeback. Walker finished with 14 points.
The Eagles (16-13, 6-10) couldn’t attempt a game-winning shot as Jerome Robinson failed to retrieve the length-of-the-court inbounds pass.
Chris Lykes scored 11 of his 15 points in the final four minutes for Miami. Dewan Huell scored 16 points and Anthony Lawrence II was the Hurricanes’ fourth double-digit scorer with 13 points.
Jordan Chatman’s five points in a 10-2 run midway through the second half keyed the Eagles to their first double-digit lead. His two free throws with 9:52 remaining closed the surge and gave Boston College a 60-48 advantage.
Robinson’s two free throws with 6:16 gave the Eagles their largest lead at 67-53. Robinson scored a game-high 30 points and Nik Popovic and Ky Bowman finished with 17 and 15 points respectively for Boston College.
Bowman’s consecutive layups and Robinson’s jumper helped the Eagles finish the first half on a 6-0 run for a 41-39 lead at halftime.
The Hurricanes reached the 20-win regular season plateau for the sixth time in coach Jim Larranaga’s seven seasons with the team.
Miami will play at No. 10 North Carolina Tuesday.