Miami basketball second half rally beats Syracuse for eighth straight win

Jan 5, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami basketball team rallied from an 18 point first-half deficit and outscored Syracuse 58-43 in the second half of an 88-87 victory over Syracuse. Miami won its eighth straight game to improve to12-4 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. The Hurricanes’ schedule gets a lot tougher when they play at Duke on Saturday.

Miami will play its first ACC road game on Saturday at Duke. The Hurricanes road their guards to the victory over Syracuse. Charlie Moore scored 25, Kameron McGusty had 19 and Isaiah Wong added 14 in the victory. Joe Girard led Syracuse with 26, Jesse Edwards had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks and Cole Swider had 20.

Syracuse had its biggest lead at 44-26 with 59 seconds remaining in the first half. Miami closed the first half with the last four points and opened the second half with a 21-6 run. The Hurricanes upped the pressure in the second half and forced 10 turnovers after forcing nine in the opening 20 minutes.

After making two of four free throws in the first half, Miami made 17 of their 20 attempts in the second half. Miami also shot seven of 16 on threes after making only four of their 14 attempts in the first half. Jordan Miller was the fourth Miami basketball player in double figures with 11 and had eight rebounds.

Miami is 4-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2013 and only the second time ever. The 2013 team Miami began the 2013 season 8-0 in the ACC. Miami just missed out on scoring 90 points for the third straight game. The Hurricanes entered the game on Wednesday night averaging 87.7 points per game in the ACC.

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Miami has a tough three-game stretch beginning on Saturday at Duke. The Hurricanes will also play next Tuesday at Florida State and return home to host North Carolina on January 18. Miami is in a good position to make a run at an NCAA Tournament berth with the 12-3, 4-0 start to the season.