Ebuka Izundu’s perfect night from field, Dejan Vasiljevic’s career-high 10 rebounds power Miami past Notre Dame
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Junior guard Dejan Vasiljevic had 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and the Miami Hurricanes used stout defense to break a five-game losing streak by beating Notre Dame 62-47 Wednesday.
The Fighting Irish shot a season-low 32 percent, and their point total was also a season low. They shot a season-worst 4 for 28 from 3-point range.
Miami (10-12, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) climbed out of last place in the league. Notre Dame (12-11, 2-8) has lost six of its past seven games.
Anthony Lawrence had 11 points, 12 rebounds and two steals for Miami, while Ebuka Izundu made all seven shots for 14 points and added seven rebounds. Izundu was shaken up and briefly left the game with 15 minutes left but returned.
Notre Dame’s John Mooney had 11 points and six rebounds — the first time in nine games that he failed to achieve a double-double.
The Hurricanes used a mix of zone and man-to-man. They forced 14 turnovers, which led to 16 points. Miami also had a rebounding advantage and a 16-6 edge in second-chance points.
The Fighting Irish made five of their first six shots to grab a nine-point lead, but then cooled off. They went 8½ minutes without a basket midway through the game as Miami outscored them 16-2 to take a 34-23 lead.
A layup by Chris Lykes gave the Hurricanes their biggest advantage, 51-33.
Miami’s Lykes had 11 points to win his matchup with Notre Dame freshman guard Prentiss Hubb, who shot only 1 for 7. They were high school teammates in Washington.
Miami pulled ahead in the series, 12-11. The schools meet again Thursday when Notre Dame’s No. 4-ranked women play at Miami.
The Hurricanes play Saturday at No. 8 North Carolina, which beat Miami in January.
Notre Dame plays at home Sunday against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets won when the teams met last month.