Miami basketball earns critical win at ND behind big game from Norchad Omier

The Miami basketball team earned a critical 73-61 win at Notre Dame on Wednesday night behind 33 points and 10 rebounds by Norchad Omier
Jan 24, 2024; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Miami Hurricanes forward Norchad Omier (15) dunks in the
Jan 24, 2024; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Miami Hurricanes forward Norchad Omier (15) dunks in the / Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

For most of the game, Norchad Omier was the primary offense for Miami in a 73-61 win at Notre Dame on Wednesday night. Omier finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Omier had 20 points and 3 rebounds in the first half as Miami took a 37-29 halftime lead.

Matthew Cleveland played only 11 minutes after suffering a hip injury. Cleveland finished with two points on 1-4 from the floor and had seven rebounds. Miami gradually pulled ahead throughout the first half before leading by eight at halftime. A 9-0 run halfway through the second half gave Notre Dame a 52-49 lead.

A Wooga Poplar three sparked a 15-2 Miami run to put the Hurricanes in front to stay 66-54. The teams played even through the rest of the game. Kyshawn George had another strong second half with nine points, three rebounds and two assists while playing all 20 minutes. George finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Bensley Joseph and Nijel Pack with 10 each were the other Hurricanes in double figures. Poplar finished with seven points. Freshman Markus Burton led Notre Dame with 15 points, but shot 5-15 from the floor, 3-9 on threes and had eight turnovers. J.R. Konieczny had 13 and Braeden Shrewsbury 10 for Notre Dame.

Miami scored 20 points off 15 Notre Dame turnovers. The Hurricanes held Notre Dame to 37.2 percent from the floor and 10-34 on threes. Miami shot 49.1 percent from the floor and made eight of its 23 three-point attempts. Omier finished 12-14 from the floor, 2-3 on threes and 7-9 from the free throw line.

When Omier's stats are taken out, the other Miami players made 14 shots in 39 attempts. Miami outscored Notre Dame 13 to five from the free-throw line. Miami had an advantage in almost every stat. The biggest exception was Notre Dame outscored Miami 19-10 in bench points.

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Miami will return home for the first time in a week and a half when they host Pittsburgh on Saturday. Pittsburgh will have a week of rest after winning 80-76 at shorthanded Duke on Saturday. The Panthers are 12-7 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. Miami improved to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in the ACC after the win over Notre Dame.