Miami basketball stages epic second-half comeback to stun Purdue

Dec 8, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; inlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; inlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami basketball program staged an epic second-half comeback to stun Purdue in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

The Miami basketball team outscored Purdue 44-22 in the second half to earn a 58-54 victory in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. Miami overcame 1-17 on three-point attempts to stun Purdue without starting point guard Chris Lykes. Senior guard Kameron McGusty led the way with 18 points, five rebounds and 7-10 free throws.

Miami trailed 15-1 to open the game, 32-12 later in the first half and 32-14 at halftime before beginning their rally. The Hurricanes trailed by as many as 17 with just under 13 minutes left before both teams went scoreless for over three minutes. Miami trailed by eight with five minutes left before closing the game on a 16-4 run.

Miami had trouble with Purdue 7’3 center Zach Eddy who had 15 points and made all five of his shots from the floor and 5-6 from the line to lead two Boilermakers in double figures. Sophomore guard Isaiah Wong was the only other Miami basketball player in double figures with 11. Wong struggled shooting 2-8 from the floor.

Miami won in large part by outscoring Purdue 17 to eight from the foul line. Miami made the 17 free throws in 29 attempts.McGusty gave Miami their first lead of the game with a pair of free throws with 1:36 remaining. A three-point play from McGusty extended the Miami lead to four on the next possession

Purdue did not make a field goal for over five minutes until a layup by Mason Gillis with four seconds remaining. Sophomore guard Harlond Beverly continued to give Miami an all-around floor game with nine points, nine rebounds, six assists and 4-9 from the floor. Freshman forward Matt Cross had seven points and five rebounds.

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Miami will next play against Jacksonville on Saturday at noon at the Watsco Center. The Hurricanes will open ACC play on December 16 against Pittsburgh. The win against Purdue showed a lot of resiliency in coming back to beat Purdue. The hope is they can build on the victory for the remainder of the season.