The Miami basketball team earned their biggest win of the season on Thursday night with a 73-59 win over North Carolina State. After NC State led 3-2 and 5-4, Miami never trailed again. A 12-0 run spanning the first and second quarters gave Miami a commanding lead they held throughout most of the game.
Miami and NC State each scored 22 points in the second quarter, as the Hurricanes led 43-33 at halftime. NC State inched closer in a low-scoring third quarter with an 11-8 advantage. Miami led 51-44 after three quarters. A 13-2 run gave Miami its biggest lead of the night, 73-54.
Lashae Dwyer scored seven and Shayeann Day-Wilson scored six in the fourth quarter to help Miami earn the huge win. Day-Wilson, Dwyer and Jasmyn Roberts each scored 18 to lead Miami. Lazaria Spearman had 10 points and eight rebounds as the other Hurricane in double figures.
Mimi Collins scored 18, Saniya Rivers 17 and Zoe Brooks 14 for NC State. Miami held NC State to 28 percent from the floor and 6-23 on three-point attempts. The Hurricanes shot 54 percent from the floor, made eight of its 18 three-point attempts, a 28-0 edge in bench points and 38-16 in points in the paint.
Miami improved to 12-5 overall and 2-4 in the ACC with the win. Miami has had a brutal schedule recently with losses to number 19 Louisville, 11th-ranked Virginia Tech and number 18/19 Notre Dame. The Hurricanes are set up to go on a run in the final 16 games of the regular season.
Miami does not play a team currently ranked in the top 25 during the rest of the season. The Hurricanes are off until next Thursday. Miami plays at North Carolina after the week off. Miami is currently 11th in the ACC. North Carolina is 5-1 and in a virtual tie for first place with 4-0 Louisville.