Omier’s double-double leads No. 17 Miami over Syracuse 82-78
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Norchad Omier had 16 points and 16 rebounds and No. 17 Miami overcame a double-digit deficit to beat Syracuse 82-78.
Harlond Beverly also scored 16 points for the Hurricanes (15-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), Nijel Pack finished with 15 points and Jordan Miller had 13.
Down 11 early in the second half, Miami rallied for a 71-70 advantage on a Beverly fast break with 3:48 left. The guard then hit two free throws with 1:39 left that increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 78-73.
“We knew we had to come out in the second half and stop him,” Pack said. “The game is going to come down to whoever does that down the stretch.”
Joseph Girard III’s 3-pointer with 1:25 left cut it to 78-76.
The Orange (12-7, 5-3) had possession with 25 seconds left but Omier forced a turnover on freshman guard Judah Mintz with 10 seconds left. Omier was fouled and converted two free throws.
Beverly’s two free throws with three seconds left sealed the victory as Miami improved to 12-0 at home.
“It’s nice to stay safe at home,” Beverly said. “It always feels good to win here. You can’t keep losing.”
Beverly made all eight of his free throws and shot 4-for-7 from the field. His minutes were valuable after Miami’s leading scorer, Isaiah Wong, was limited due to foul trouble.
“In the month of January, he’s been much more productive and the teammates really like him when he comes into the game,” Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said of Beverly. going to give us a big effort at both ends.”
The Hurricanes shot 25 of 28 free throws.
Pack also played a key role in Miami’s comeback with three 3-pointers in the second half, including a 35-foot conversion that cut Syracuse’s lead to 64-63 with 5:56 left.
“It’s something we’ve worked on the last couple of games, knowing they were going to play zone, especially high,” Pack said. “So I’ve just been ‘ deeper photography. When I got the opportunity in the game, I was ready for it.”
Jesse Edwards scored a career-high 25 points and had 11 rebounds while Girard finished with 21 for the Orange.
“Joe and Jesse were really good and they did everything they could to win the game,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.
The Orange scored nine unanswered points and took their first lead late in the first half. Girard’s three-point play with 4:40 left capped the surge and put Syracuse ahead 29-24.
Edwards’ layup with three seconds left gave the Orange a 38-34 halftime lead.
Miami opened with an 11-2 spurt before Wong made two fouls five seconds apart. Wong sat after his second foul 4:08 into the game and played five more minutes the rest of the half. He finished with nine points.
The Hurricanes were among 11 top 25 teams to lose on Saturday. Five teams behind the Hurricanes also lost, resulting in a drop of just one spot from the previous poll. Miami entered the rankings at 25 on December 12, peaking at 12 before falling to its current spot.
Syracuse: Edwards had his ninth double-double of the season. Girard scored seven points against Notre Dame on Saturday. Girard had scored in double figures in his previous 10 games.
Miami: The home game against Syracuse ended a road-biased streak for the Hurricanes. They begin their road trip Saturday at North Carolina State and will play their next three games away from home.
“These three road games in a row are really going to test us to see how hard we can fight through adversity,” Pack said.
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Syracuse visits Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Miami visits Duke on Saturday.
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