Miami defeats Boston College, 88-72
January 11, 2023
Miami came out with guns blazing and never looked back, defeating Boston College 88-72 on Wednesday at the Watsco Center.
The 16th ranked Hurricanes (14-2, 5-1 ACC) quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead after a 15-0 run and went into the locker room leading 43-28 at halftime.
“I thought it was a heck of a game, and I thought our guys played hard and well,“ said Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga. “I thought Boston College was terrific; they’re so good at getting the ball in the paint and scoring right at the rim. We were terrific on offense. We had a bad shooting night last week; we had a fantastic shooting night tonight…
“It's amazing how good you look when the ball goes in," said Larranaga.
Boston College (8-9, 2-4 ACC) made a run early in the second half, closing to within six points. But after a timeout, Miami took back control of the game, with Isaiah Wong leading the way. He scored 22 points, with 14 of his points coming in the second half. It was Wong's fifth 20-point performance in the last seven contests.
“We have a lot of players that can score the ball,” said Wong. “To stop the bleeding, we had Norchad with a couple of points, I hit a couple of threes, Jordan hit a layup, Bensley hit a layup, and we played defense at the other end. I feel like that’s what stopped the bleeding and kept us in the game.”
Miami had five players in double figures. Miami offense had a season best 60.4-percent shooting (32 of 53), hitting 12 of 18 (67%) from behind the arc. The Hurricanes logged 20 assists in the game.
In addition to Wong's 22 points, power forward Norchad Omier had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Miller scored 19 points, Harlond Beverly added 15 and Wooga Poplar finished with 10 points.
“We’re a pretty good offensive team, and when challenged, our guys normally rise to the occasion with our offense,”said Larrañaga. “Making shots, making plays, making passes…we did that tonight.”
Miami goes on the road next to Raleigh against NC State (BSFL) on Saturday, The Canes defeated the Wolfpack defeated 80-73 earlier this season.