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Quick Recap: Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Wins at Miami for 2nd Victory in a Row

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The Hurricanes being short-handed certainly had something to do with it, but the Irish played a nice game on the road to improve to 2-5 in ACC play

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s basketball team picked up their second win in a row, beating an injury-riddled Miami Hurricanes squad in Coral Gables this evening by a final score of 73 to 59.

The Irish, who were winless in conference play just over a week ago, are now 5-8 on the season and 2-5 in the ACC after beating the Boston College Eagles last weekend and then having a week off due to their Martin Luther King Jr. Day game at Howard being cancelled.

The Irish started the game with a very odd group, as Mike Brey chose to start the “Blue Team,” or essentially the 2nd team, for the first four minutes of play.

That group started the game 0-for-6 from the field and gave up a 6-0 Miami lead before Nikola Djogo finally hit a three to stop the bleeding.

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The starters came in soon after, and from there the Irish grabbed the reins, pulling even with the Hurricanes and then slowly and surely building a double-digit lead late in the first half and early in the second.

Miami briefly threatened that lead late in the game with some full-court press defense, but the Irish ultimately never relented enough to really make things scary, keeping the Hurricanes at arm’s length and closing out a double-digit win where they held the opponent under 60 points.

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ND was led on the evening by Prentiss Hubb, who scored 19 points while shooting 7-of-12 from the field, including a very efficient 5-of-7 from deep. He also dished out 9 assists, looking much more like a natural point guard than he has at other times this season.

Juwan Durham (16 points, 5 rebounds) and Nate Laszewski (16 points, 10 rebounds) also had very strong games, providing a combined 13-of-20 shooting from the field as the Irish as a team overcame the “Blue Team’s” early shooting woes to finish the game having shot 54% from the field, and a blistering 56% (10-of-18) from three-point range. The Irish also managed to out-rebound the Hurricanes 37 to 28, which is always a nice sign considering how poorly ND has rebounded this season.

For Miami, the leading scorer was Kameron McGusty, who scored 20 points on the evening while also grabbing 3 rebounds and accumulating 3 assists. Isaiah Wong (16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Elijah Olaniyi (10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) also had solid contributions on the day.

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Miami-Florida Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes shot 39% from the field and an abysmal 14% (3-of-22) from deep, never really finding a way to beat the zone defense that Notre Dame used for much of the game. Miami DID manage to win the turnover battle and force the Irish to commit an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers on the day, but it wasn’t enough to overcome their current depth issues.

Notre Dame plays next on Wednesday, 1/27, hosting the #16 Virginia Tech Hokies at Purcell Pavilion before heading out to play the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road next Saturday, 1/30.