Norchard Omier led the Miami basketball team with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Isaiah Wong scored 18 to allow Jim Larranaga to earn his 700th career win in a 74-64 victory over Providence. The Miami basketball team took the lead with a 9-0 run about halfway through the first half and never trailed in the rest of the game.
After Providence was able to close within six a couple of times in the second half, Miami used a 10-0 run, holding Providence scoreless for nearly four minutes to put the game away. The Hurricanes won the game by holding the Friars to 42.0 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent on three-point attempts.
Miami shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent on three-point attempts. Led by Omier, Miami had a 38-29 rebounding advantage. Omier has double figures in rebounds in each of the last three games. Nijel Pack with 11 points was the only other Hurricane in double figures. Jordan Miller had nine points and nine rebounds.
Providence was led by Bryce Hopkins with 16 points on 6-8 shooting with eight rebounds. Miami forced Hopkins into four fouls and six turnovers. Larranaga rode his starters and four played over 30 minutes and Wooga Poplar played just under with 27. Bensley Joseph gave Miami 17 minutes off the bench and scored seven points.
The big rebounding advantage for Miami and only 10 turnovers to 14 for Providence allowed the Hurricanes to take 13 more shots and make six more. The win over Providence is a big one for Miami in the net ratings. The Friars are 24th. Miami is 47th but should move up after the win over Providence.
Miami has another chance for a win over a power conference opponent on Sunday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Championship Game. Maryland and Miami will tip off on Sunday at 1:00 PM on either ESPN or ESPN2. Miami returns home to host St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.