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Miami roars back, 82-78
January 16, 2022

Down by 11 points in the second half, Miami roared back to beat Syracuse, 82-78, at the Watsco Center on Monday evening.

Miami (15-3, 6-2 ACC) quickly jumped out to an 11-2 lead as Syracuse (12-7, 5-3) missed eight of their first nine shots. But the Canes got into foul trouble and suddenly went cold. Isaiah Wong, Norchad Omier and Nijel Pack were forced to the bench after each picked up two fouls in the first half. Miami trailed at the break, 38-34.

Miami came roaring back in the second half after trailing 55-44 with 14:44 remaining on the clock. Leading the way for the Canes’s balanced attack were
Nijel Pack, Norchad Omier, Harlond Beverly and Jordan Miller. Pack hit five 3-point shots at pivotal points in the game, ending with 15 points. Omier turned in another double-double performance with a team leading 16 points and 16 rebounds. It was his ninth of the season and third game in a row at that milestone. Beverly also contributed 16 points in the win. Jordan Miller finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

“I have the utmost respect for Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse program,” said Miami head coach
Jim Larrañaga. “I thought his team played a terrific game.”

The crowd at Watsco turned in an assist on a night when the Canes needed it.

“I thought our students and our fans were fantastic, and they kind of willed us to victory,” said Larrañaga. “Late in the game, when we started to score, the energy in the Watsco Center was fantastic.”

Miami goes on the road next to Durham to take on Duke on Saturday (12:00 p.m., ESPN).

GO Canes!

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