Miami basketball earns tough road win over Georgia Tech

DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 08:(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 08:(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

The Miami basketball team extended an eight-point halftime lead to 19 in the second half and held on for a 73-62 win at Georgia Tech. Kameron McGusty led Miami with 20 points, Jordan Miller had 13 and Charlie Moore scored 12 before fouling out. Miami improves to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in first place in the ACC.

The Hurricanes opened the second half with an 11-2 run after Kameron McGusty made a three-point shot just before the halftime buzzer. Georgia Tech rallied and cut the deficit to 65-59 with 3:53 remaining. Miami outscored Georgia Tech 8-3 to pull away in the final minutes for its third ACC road win this season.

Getting to the free-throw line and rebounding were critical for Miami in the victory. Miami was 21-25 from the three-throw line. Georgia Tech made just three of their 10 free throws. Some of those misses in the second half were the front end of one-and-ones. Miami had a 38 to 31 rebounding advantage.

Miami held Georgia Tech leading scorer Michael Devoe, who was averaging 19.1 points per game, to 12 on four of 11 from the floor. Khalid Moore led Georgia Tech with 19. Miami received quality place off the bench. Anthony Walker scored seven the Bensley Joseph finished with five. Joseph was key down the stretch.

Joseph had two assists and a rebound after Moore fouled out. Miami overcame a poor shooting game from Isaiah Wong. Wong scored eight points on two of 10 from the floor and missed all five of his three-point attempts. Georgia Tech was the first time Wong failed to score in double figures since the opening game of the season.

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Miami returns home on Wednesday to host Notre Dame after road victories this week over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Notre Dame hosts Virginia on Saturday and Duke on Monday. The Fighting Irish entered 13-6 overall and 6-2 in the ACC. Duke is currently in second, one game behind Miami at 17-3 overall, 7-2 in the ACC.