No. 19 Miami outlasts Louisville, 93-85

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No. 19 Miami had three scorers with 20-plus points to overcome El Ellis’ career night as the Hurricanes outlasted Louisville 93-85 on Saturday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

Nijel Pack scored 22 points while Isaiah Wong and Norchad Omier had 21 apiece for the Hurricanes (20-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who posted their eighth 20-win season under coach Jim Larranaga.

The Canes are alone in third place in the ACC race, a half-game behind co-leaders Virginia and Pittsburgh.

The three-pronged attack helped the Hurricanes negate Ellis’ career-high 33 points. Jae’Lyn Withers added 18 points for the Cardinals (3-22, 1-13).

Miami needed just over six minutes to increase a 42-41 halftime lead to 62-52. But the Cardinals hung around as they cut their deficit in half with a 6-of-6 shooting streak to get within 67-62 with 9:54 remaining.

It was down to a four-point game, 74-70, after Ellis hit a pair of free throws with 4:47 remaining as the Hurricanes went more than four minutes without a field goal.

Wong ended the drought with a layup and added a free throw for a 79-70 Miami lead with 3:46 left, and Pack added a 3-pointer at the 2:44 mark for an 82-72 Hurricanes lead.

Both teams enjoyed a successful shooting night, with Miami finishing 31 of 58 from the field (53.4 percent) and Louisville 33 of 57 (season-high 57.9 percent), but turnovers did the Cardinals in. Their 12th of the night led to a Harlond Beverly fastbreak dunk for an 86-75 Miami lead with just 1:11 remaining.

Miami enjoyed a 20-4 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Cardinals began chipping away behind Ellis’ 3-point shooting, and they were within 22-21 midway through the first half.

Miami came back with a 9-2 spurt to go up 31-23 and led 33-27 at the six-minute mark of the period.

Louisville went on a stunning 13-2 surge that included a 9-0 run to take a 36-33 lead at the four-minute mark of the period.

The Hurricanes then finished on a 9-5 run for the one-point lead.

–Field Level Media

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