MBB Falls at Notre Dame, 71-61
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team dropped a 71-61 decision Sunday night at Notre Dame.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Wong scored a team-high 17 points and sophomore forward Anthony Walker posted a double-double for the Hurricanes, who once again played with just seven available scholarship student-athletes, at Purcell Pavilion.
“Notre Dame is such a proficient 3-point shooting team, but tonight we did a much better job than we’ve done,” Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga said. “They ended up shooting [just 24.1] percent from three, but they scored in a lot of different ways. I thought we got some great looks and we didn’t shoot the three very well.”
After missing six of their first seven shots, the Hurricanes, who committed just one first-half turnover, made nine of their next 11, en route to building a 25-20 edge. However, Miami (7-12, 3-11 ACC) then missed 14 in a row and the Fighting Irish went on a 7-0 run to take the lead.
A quick 6-0 response, including five points by Wong put Miami back up by four, but it went scoreless for the final 3:30 of the half and Notre Dame (9-10, 6-7 ACC) leveled the game at 31 before the break. Both sides shot under 36 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Notre Dame built a then-game-high seven-point lead, 50-43, with 10:46 to play, but the Hurricanes responded. Miami went on an 11-2 run to go in front, 54-52, on a 3-pointer by senior guard Elijah Olaniyi with 6:44 remaining.
The Fighting Irish answered right back with a 14-2 burst, grabbing a 10-point edge, 66-56, edge with 1:36 on the clock, putting the contest out of reach.
“With four minutes to go, it was a winnable game,” Larrañaga said. “They finished very, very strong and we missed a couple of layups right at the time when we had fallen behind. We had two consecutive possessions of having a layup and just missed them both.”
Wong’s 17 points came in 39 minutes, while Olaniyi notched 11 points and seven boards in 39-plus minutes. Redshirt senior guard Kameron McGusty played 38 minutes and totaled 12 points.
Walker finished with 14 and 10 rebounds to log his third collegiate double-double, while redshirt senior Nysier Brooks also grabbed 10 boards.
Redshirt senior guard Nikola Djogo led all scorers with a season-high 18 points 7-of-10 shooting for the Fighting Irish. Junior forward Nate Laszewski logged 14 points, including 12 in the second half, on 6-of-8 shooting and redshirt senior forward Juwan Durham added 12.
Junior guard Dane Goodwin chipped in 11 points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds to lead all players. Miami did limit junior guard Prentiss Hubb to four points on 2-of-12 shooting, including a 0-of-7 clip from 3-point range.
The Hurricanes finished 22-of-68 from the field, good for a season-low 32.4 percent mark. They shot 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from 3-point range and 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) at the line.
Meanwhile, Miami limited the Fighting Irish to 7-of-29 (24.1 percent) shooting on 3-pointers at the other end, but they registered a 21-of-34 (61.8 percent) ledger inside the arc.
Miami now has five days without a game before hosting Georgia Tech Saturday at noon, with action set to be televised live on RSN from the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The 2020-21 Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball season is presented by First National Bank.
MIAMI HURRICANES POSTGAME NOTES
– The Hurricanes moved to 12-14 all-time against Notre Dame, including 5-7 on the road and 5-6 in Larrañaga’s tenure.
– Larrañaga, who entered the game with the 11th-most victories of any active Division I coach, is now 667-459 in 37 years as a head coach, including 197-125 in 10 seasons at Miami.
– For the first time this season, Miami used a starting lineup of Brooks, McGusty, Olaniyi, Wong and sophomore guard Harlond Beverly.
– The Hurricanes have now used 11 starting lineups in 2020-21, including a different one in each of the past six games.
– Miami once again played without three of its four returning starters: senior guard Chris Lykes (left ankle), redshirt senior center Rodney Miller Jr. (right knee, season) and redshirt senior forward Sam Waardenburg (left foot, season).
– In addition, the Hurricanes were again without freshman guard Earl Timberlake, who is out indefinitely with a lingering left shoulder injury.
– Saturday marked just the 20th time in Larrañaga’s tenure, including the 10th in ACC play, Miami has been tied at halftime, with his record moving to 10-10 (4-6 ACC) in such games.
– Neither team led by eight-plus points until the final three minutes of the game and neither led by double digits until the last two.
– The one first-half turnover for Miami was two fewer than its prior season low and marked the first time since 2/15/20 (first half vs. Wake Forest) it did not have multiple giveaways in a frame.
– Miami’s five turnovers tied for its fourth-fewest ever in ACC play and marked just the 11th time it recorded five or fewer, including the first since 1/7/20 at No. 13/11 Louisville.
– Additionally, Sunday marked just the fourth time this season an ACC team has committed five or fewer turnovers in a game, with Miami’s mark of five tying for the second-lowest number in the league in 2020-21.
– The Hurricanes shot 4-of-11 from the free-throw line in the first half, including 1-of-7 in the first seven minutes.
– Miami’s 21 free-throw attempts against Notre Dame, which leads the nation in fewest personal fouls per game (11.8), are the second-most the Fighting Irish have allowed this season, trailing only the 24 by Ohio State on 12/8/20.
– The Hurricanes’ prior season low in field-goal percentage was 32.7 (17-of-52) on 12/16/20 against Pittsburgh.
– Olaniyi, who moved past 450 made field goals in his career, scored in double figures for the 68th time, including the ninth as a Hurricane.
– Wong, who played in his 50th game at Miami, logged his 27th double-digit point total, including his 17th this season.
– Beverly, who tied a career best with two blocked shots, made his 50th appearance as a collegian, eclipsed 100 free-throw attempts and reached 50 steals.
– Walker scored in double figures for the ninth time, including the eighth this year, and reached double figures in rebounding for the third time, all this year.
– Walker, who reached 50 made free throws in his career, became the first Hurricane to notch three double-doubles this season after tallying none in 2019-20.
– In addition, Walker set a career high in field goals attempted (15) and matched his top mark in makes (six).
– Brooks grabbed double-digit rebounds for the 10th time, including the fourth as a Hurricane.
– McGusty tallied double-digit points for the 57th time, including the eighth in 2020-21.
– McGusty, who logged three steals for the first time at Miami, set a new high for ACC play in free throws attempted (nine) and equaled his top tally in makes (six).