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No. 2 Miami knocked off by Wake Forest 80-65
Sunday - 2/24/2013, 4:04am EST
AP Sports Writer
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Shane Larkin noticed during warm-ups that something was off with No. 2 Miami. The go-go, uptempo Hurricanes seemed a step slow, and not entirely ready to play.
They certainly paid for it.
Miami's unbeaten start to Atlantic Coast Conference play is history. So is its 14-game winning streak and its highest-ever national ranking, after the Hurricanes were knocked off by Wake Forest 80-65 on Saturday.
"You could just see it tonight. I had a bad feeling coming into warm-ups with everybody going slow," Larkin said. "I was trying to get people to go fast, and I wasn't even going full speed like I should have.
"Overall, we weren't prepared before the game and they came out and punched us in the mouth."
Durand Scott had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Hurricanes (22-4, 13-1), the last of the schools in the six BCS conferences to get its first league loss.
Larkin added 13 points, Trey McKinney Jones had 11 and Kenny Kadji finished with 10.
But Miami never got closer than 11 in the final 9 minutes and was outrebounded 36-35 by the younger, smaller Demon Deacons as the best start to ACC play since Duke's 16-0 mark in 1998-99 came to a surprisingly lopsided end.
"You want to go undefeated, you want to win every game, but you're still in first place," Larkin said. "That's in the past and we're just going to let it stay in the past."
The Hurricanes -- whose previous three wins came by a combined 12 points -- looked like they had another tight finish in them when Scott capped an 18-8 run with a jumper with 14
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