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MBB Posts 79-65 Win over UNC Greensboro

MBB Posts 79-65 Win over UNC Greensboro

by Alex Schwartz

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team beat UNC Greensboro, 79-65, Friday night at the Watsco Center behind scintillating 3-point shooting.

Miami (2-0) got a game-high 19 points from fifth-year senior guard Jordan Miller, who shot 8-of-12 overall, including and 3-6 beyond the arc, and pulled down seven rebounds.

UNC Greensboro (1-1) built a lead as high as seven, 29-22, with 3:46 left in the first half and took a one-point edge, 34-33, into the locker room. Miami then opened the second half with a 3-pointer on each of its first three possessions to go in front, 42-37, with 18:47 left and never relinquished the lead.

The Hurricanes used a late 11-0 run, including back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers, to cement their advantage and went on to grab a cushion as high as 15 on the way to the 14-point triumph.

Miami shot 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) on 3-pointers in the win, including a dazzling 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) in the second half alone. In addition to Miller, fourth-year junior guards Harlond Beverly and Isaiah Wong both hit three shots from deep, the former doing so for the first time in his career.

Wong, who ascended to No. 18 on Miami’s all-time scoring list, finished with 15 points, while third-year sophomore guard Nijel Pack had 14 and Beverly posted nine. Third-year sophomore forward Norchad Omier led all players with 11 rebounds.

Four Spartans tallied double-digit points, with junior forward Mikeal Brown-Jones notching 13 to lead the visitors.

Miami wraps up its three-game season-opening homestand Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Florida A&M, live on ACC Network Extra. Tickets are available HERE.

To keep up with the University of Miami men’s basketball team on social media, follow @CanesHoops on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

MIAMI HURRICANES POSTGAME NOTES
– The Hurricanes won their fifth straight game when trailing at halftime, a streak that dates back to 2/9/22 against Georgia Tech.
– After 1,505 students attended Miami’s season opener, the Hurricanes nearly equaled that number Friday with 1,475 in the stands.
– Omier is the first Hurricane with back-to-back double-digit rebounding performances since Kameron McGusty on 11/26/21 against North Texas and 11/28/21 versus No. 10/9 Alabama, both in Kissimmee, Fla.
– Wong passed John Salmons (1998-2002), Willie Allen (1968-71) and Joe Wylie (1988-91) on Miami’s all-time scoring list, moving up three spots from No. 21, as he now owns 1,299 points.
– Prior to Friday, Beverly had just four games in his career with multiple made 3-pointers, as he did so twice in 2019-20 and twice in 2020-21.
– Freshman forward Danilo Jovanovich did not dress due to illness.
– Bam Adebayo, Carlos Boozer, James Bouknight and Jack McClinton all sat courtside at the Watsco Center.