Miami basketball sprints to big halftime lead blowing out Florida State

Jan 24, 2023; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2023; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami basketball team led 54-26 at halftime ending a nine-game losing streak versus Florida State in an 86-63 win in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. Miami led by at least 20 points throughout the second half. Five Hurricanes finished in double figures led by guards Nijel Pack and Isaiah Wong with 18 each.

After falling behind 4-1 the Miami basketball team went on an 18-0 run and the Hurricanes never led by less than 12 throughout the first half. The Miami guards led the way with Pack and Wong’s 18 and Wooga Poplar with 14. Miami shot a scorching 56.4 percent from the floor and made 11 of their 22 three-point attempts.

The Hurricanes were a bit sloppy in the second half with 10 personal fouls and 12 turnovers. Miami committed three fouls and had five turnovers in the first half. Florida State outscored Miami 35-32 in the second half. Wong paced Miami with 10 points in the second half and Jordan Miller scored eight after four in the first half.

Pack was blazing in the first half for the second straight game with 16 points on 5-7 from the floor, made four of his five three-point attempts and both free throws. Miami shot 60.6 percent in the first half and made nine of their 14 three-point attempts. The shocking first-half stat is Miami outrebounded Florida State 22-6.

The Hurricanes finished with a 40-23 rebounding advantage. Norchad Omier had his 10th double-double and fifth in the last six games with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Wong added nine boards. Miami did an exceptional job sharing the ball with seven players recording multiple assists. Miami finished with 17 turnovers to 10 for FSU.

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A three-game Miami road trip will conclude on Saturday at Pittsburgh. Miami returns home on Monda night to host Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes will finish the regular season with six of its last nine games at home. Miami moves into sole possession of third place in the ACC at 7-3. Clemson leads the ACC at 8-1 and Virginia is 7-2.