We’re back for another week of Miami Hurricanes Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The guys beat up on Stonehill on Thursday night in front of a sparse home crowd. The ladies held on against Jackson State at home on Wednesday night.
It’s hard to say you’re bored when the team you root for is blowing their opponent out, but that is exactly what happened with the guys’ 97-59 win over the Skyhawks. The Canes built a 30-point lead with eight minutes left in the first half. Matthew Cleveland had a great first twenty minutes, scoring all 15 of his points before the break. Norchad Omier put up a 20 and 17. Wooga Poplar scored 24 points, including a sick windmill dunk in the first half. To be fair to Stonehill, they were missing their two best players, as well as two other regular contributors. Kyshawn George started for a banged up Nijel Pack. George made the most of his opportunity, scoring 12 points, all from three. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He is gaining a ton of confidence and has a nice stroke from long distance. It appears Coach L and his staff have found yet another gem.
The Lady Canes played a closer-than-expected game against the Tigers, winning 59-52. Shots weren’t falling for Coach Meier’s squad, as they went 21-63 from the field, 33%. Due to the poor shooting, this was a two-point game with less than four minutes left. Late buckets by Ja’Leah Williams and Jasmyne Roberts, along with a couple made free-throws helped Miami avoid the upset. Jaida Patrick led the way with 15 points and 5 steals. Williams came off the bench to pitch in 12 points and 7 steals. The ladies of Miami notched 19 steals total, making the off-shooting night much more manageable.
The guys host North Florida on Friday, 12/29 at 6:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ACC Network. The Ospreys are 7-7 on the season and are coming off back-to-back losses to FSU and Georgia last week. This will be Miami’s last non-conference game of the season.
The Lady Canes host Alabama State on Thursday, 12/28 at 12:00 PM EST. The Hornets are winless on the season at 0-10. Miami then opens conference play by hosting #19 Louisville on Sunday, 12/31 at 4:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ACC Network. The Cardinals are 11-2 on the season and should be one of the top teams in the ACC this year.