Canes survive, beat Cardinals, 93-85
February 11, 2023
The Canes survived another close game, beating Louisville 93-85 on Saturday night at the Watsco Center.
#19/20 Miami (20-5, 11-4 ACC) rolled out the thunder as a trio of Canes scored 20+ points to overcome a tough, battling Cardinal squad. The victory extended Miami’s win streak to four straight games and kept their home record this season unblemished at 14-0. Miami reached the 20-win milestone for the eighth time under head coach Jim Larrañaga.
The Canes were led by Nigel Pack (22 points), Isaiah Wong (21 points) and Norchad Omier (21 points.) Louisville (3-22, 1-13 ACC) was led almost single-handily by El Ellis, who kept the Cardinals in the game with a career-high 33 points.
The first half was a tight back and forth contest, with Louisville taking the lead, 36-33 , only to see the Canes fight back to take a 42-41 advantage to the break.
In the second half, Miami built an 11-point lead only to see Louisville battle back to a 74-70 deficit with 4:47 left on the clock. But the Canes took control after Omier made two free throws and Wong hit a three-pointer to stretch the lead back to 79-70 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Pack then hit a 3-pointer, Wong hit a jumper and Harlond Beverly made a signature dunk to seal the victory.
Miami shot 53.4 percent (31 of 58) from the floor, 40 percent (8 of 20) from beyond the arc. The Canes also turned 12 turnovers into 20 points while Louisville only turned six turnovers into 4 points. Miami outscored Louisville 17-4 in fast break points. Louisville hit 57.9 percent (33 of 57) from the field, 43.5 percent (10 of 23) from 3-point range.
Miami hits the road to take on North Carolina in a pivotal game at Chapel Hill on Monday. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN.