Miami basketball pulls away in first half for win over St. Francis-NY

The Miami basketball team overcame a 15-7 first-half deficit to lead 38-26 at halftime in a 79-56 win over St. Francis-Brooklyn. Miami improves to 5-1 on the season and St. Francis drops to 2-3. The Hurricanes used an 11-2 run to regain the lead. By the time the first half ended, Miami extended the run to 30-11.

Miami led by as many as 23 in the second half and their lead was never smaller than the 12-point halftime lead after intermission. Nijel Pack had his best game for Miami with 23 points on 9-13 from the floor and made three of his six three-point attempts. Norchad Omier had his three Miami double-double in six games.

After Pack opened the game with a layup, St. Francis-Brooklyn went on a 9-0 run to take control of the game. Miami did not regain the lead until they went up 18-17 and took the lead for good on a shot by Pack to go up 21-19 with 9:05 remaining in the first half. Pack led three Miami players in double figures.

Omier finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, two assists and one block. Nine Miami basketball players scored as Jim Larranaga emptied his bench in the second half. Isaiah Wong had an off night finishing with 10 points on 3-10 from the floor, 1-3 on threes and 3-6 from the free throw line.

Wong supplemented his poor shooting night with six rebounds and three assists. Miami freshmen accounted for eight points off the bench. St. Francis was led by Ted Wilcox Jr. who was their only player in double figures with 18. Wilcox Jr. was 6-14 from the floor and made five of his 10 three-point attempts.

The rest of the Terriers shot 14-42 from the floor and made two of their nine three-point attempts. Miami shot 52 percent, made 18-26 from the free-throw line. outrebounded St. Francis-Brooklyn 37-30 and dominated the Terriers with a 42-22 with points in the paint.

Miami will travel to Orlando to play Central Florida at 5:00 PM on Sunday. After playing Central Florida on Sunday, Miami returns home to host Rutgers in the ACC-Big 10 challenge next Wednesday at 7:15 PM. Miami will begin ACC play on December 4 at Louisville.