No. 20 Notre Dame Holds Off Miami 67-62; Farrell Scores 15pts

CORAL, GABLES, Fla. – Matt Farrell scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and No. 20 Notre Dame battled to a 67-62 victory over Miami in a college basketball game on Thursday night.

Farrell also had six assists and four rebounds in the win for the visitors, who shot a season-low 37 percent at Watsco Center.

V.J. Beachem, who made the go-ahead basket with 1:04 left and made the key steal with 3-seconds remaining, added 13 points and Steve Vasturia ended with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Fighting Irish (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who opened the second half with a 10-0 run to take a 38-28 lead with 17:08 left in the game.

The travellers went on to outscore the Hurricanes 39-34 in the second half after both teams went into the halftime interval locked at 28-28.

Davon Reed tied a career high with 21 points, while adding six rebounds and three blocks for Miami (11-4, 1-2), which trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but managed to comeback and tie the game and took a 57-55 lead with 4:30 left.

Reed made a jumper to put the Hurricanes up 57-61 with 2:53 left, the Fighting Irish used a 10-1 run over the last 2:29 to secure their six successive win.

“We just didn’t take care of the ball late in the game,” Reed said. “We didn’t have poise down the stretch.”

Notre Dame’s Vasturia said: “Obviously we have some experience there. It’s a testament guys not being afraid to step up and staying confident.

“We’ve been able to get big defensive stops in all four of these wins; that has been the backbone.”

Miami, which collected a season-high 12 block shots, has won seven of the last nine games overall, but has lost the last two.

“It’s more of a factor of how cool, calm and collected Notre Dame is at the end of these games,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said.

NEXT SCHEDULE

Notre Dame will next visit Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Miami will travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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