The Miami basketball team overcame a 41-35 halftime deficit to blitz Clemson with a 60-41 second half in a 95-82 win on Wednesday night at the Watsco Center. Nijel Pack led Miami with 25 points and Matthew Cleveland and Norchad Omier each had 23. Kyshawn George and Bensley Joseph each scored 12.
Miami beat Clemson without leading scorer Wooga Poplar who was out with an ankle injury. George was outstanding for Miami in the first half scoring all 12 of his points. Pack scored 20 points in the second half on 6-6 from the floor, 2-2 on three-point attempts and made all six of his free throws.
Cleveland scored 16 points in the second half shooting 6-6, 2-2 and 2-2. Omier added 14 points in the second half on 5-7 from the floor. Miami shot 21-28 from the floor, 4-8 on threes and 14-15 from the free throw line in the second half. All five Clemson starters finished in double figures.
Joe Girard led Clemson with 18 points. P.J. Hall had 17 points before fouling out. Miami's second half offense was the difference in the game. Clemson had nearly identical stats in each half with finishing with 41 points in each 20 minute stanza. Pack was exceptional in the second half after missing the last two games with a lower body injury.
After leading for the last 6:59 of the first half, Clemson held its last lead with 15:46 left in the game. Miami used an 11-0 run to seize the lead in the second half and take control of the game. The Hurricanes led by two possessions for all but one trip down the floor throughout the second half.
Miami has one of its most difficult tests this season when they play at Wake Forest on Saturday. Wake Forest is 10-3 overall, 2-0 in the ACC and on an eight game winning streak. Miami and Wake Forest will tip off at 2:15 PM ET on the CW. Wake Forest won at Boston College on Tuesday night.