The Miami basketball team rallied from 16 points down in the first half and a 12-point deficit in the second half to defeat North Carolina State 80-73. Miami closed the game on an 18-6 run to earn the win and improve to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. North Carolina State drops to 8-3 with the loss and 0-2 in the ACC.
Miami was led by Jordan Miller who was outstanding matching his career high with 25 points. Miller continued to be efficient shooting 8-15 from the floor, 2-5 on three-point attempts and 7-8 from the foul line with five rebounnds and three assists. Isaiah Wong had 22 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Wong shot 8-15, 2-5 and 7-8. North Carolina State scorched Miami in the first half with three players finishing in double figures. The Wolfpack led 43-34 at halgime and Miami was fortunate to be that close. NC State shot 51.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes and Miami made 36.8 percent of their field goal attempts.
Terquavion Smith scored 16 points on 6-11 from the floor and 3-7 on threes in the first half leading NC State. Miami held Smith to 1-6 in the second half and three points. NC State shot 37.9 percent in the second half. Miami shot 57.1 percent in the second half and made five of its 10 three point attempts.
Norchad Omier had his sixth triple-double this season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Nijel Pack had nine, but struggled from the field shooting 3-10. Harlond Beverly came off the bench and scored all seven of his points in the second half. Free throws were huge for Miami making 14-17 from the foul line.
North Carolina State was 7-12 on free throws. Wolfpack forward D.J. Burns had 16 points and eight rebounnds. Burns had 10 points and six rebounds in the first half on 5-7 from the floor. Miami held Burns to six points on 3-9 from the floor and two rebounds. Jarkel Joiner led NC State with 26 points.
Miami has a week off for finals before hosting St. Francis-Pennsylvania on December 17. The Hurricanes will return to ACC play when they number three Virginia who is 8-0. Virginia hosts number one Houston next Saturday. Miami should in the top 25 when the rankings are released on Monday afternoon.