Miami basketball pulls away in first half for win over Florida A&M

Nov 11, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

After falling behind 10-6 in the first half, the Miami basketball team led 41-27 at halftime and extended the lead in the second half for an 87-61 win over Florida A&M on Tuesday night at the Watsco Center. Norchad Omier led Miami with 21 points and seven rebounds. Four Miami players finished in double figures.

Omier finished with 15 points on seven-of-seven from the floor in the first half to tie a Miami record since they joined the ACC in 2004. Jordan Miller also had a big first half with 10 points for Miami. Miami held Florida A&M to 41.4 percent shooting in the first half and XX.X for the game. Jordan Chatman the Rattlers with 12 points.

Miller finished with another incredibly efficient game with 19 points on 8-11 from the floor with nine rebounds. Wooga Poplar was the only other Miami player in double figures with 15 points on 7-11 from the floor. Miami was able to overcome poor shooting nights from their star backcourt of Nijel Pack and Isaiah Wong.

Pack finished with four points on 1-6 from the floor and 0-3 on three-point attempts. Wong scored five points on 1-7 from the floor and 0-2 from the floor. Wong had a good all-around game from the floor with seven assists, six rebounds and two steals to compensate for the poor shooting night.

Pack finished with four assists and two steals. Ten Miami players scored on Tuesday night as Jim Larranaga emptied the bench after Miami pulled away. The Miami basketball team channeled their game plan from last season with 25 points off 22 turnovers. Miami held FAMU to three points off of 10 turnovers.

Miami maintained its lead throughout the second half with FAMU never closing its deficit to less than 13 points. The biggest test of the season awaits for Miami this weekend. Miami plays Providence at 4 PM ET on Saturday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut.

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Miami will play Maryland or St. Louis on Sunday with the gametime to be announced. Providence is 3-0 following a 100-76 win over Stonehill on Tuesday. Jim Larranaga has the opportunity to earn his 700th career victory against his alma mater. St. Louis is 2-0 and playing Memphis on Tuesday. Maryland is 3-0.