Nigel Pack scored 21 points – including a go-ahead jumper and a pair of free throws in the final minute – to rally No. 5 Seeded Miami Defeated Drake 63-56 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night.
The Hurricanes (26-7) scored the last 10 points barely a year after routing 12th-seeded Drake. elite eight,
Norchard Omier added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who won despite scoring a season-low 63 points. Vouga Poplar had 15 points.
Darnell Brody had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Drake (27-8). The defending Missouri Valley Conference tournament champions were outscored 16–1 in the last 4:29 and 10–0 in the last 2:28. The Bulldogs missed their last seven shots from the field and remained scoreless for the final 3:24.
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Mo Valley Player of the Year Tucker Davis, whose father is the coach, made three points on 1-of-13 shooting.
In the second round of the Midwest Region, Miami will face the winner between fourth-seeded Indiana (22-11) and 13th-seeded Kent State.
Brodie tied the game at 47 with a free throw, and then Calhoun hit two consecutive 3-pointers in an 8–0 run, which Roman Penn capped with a jumper with 5:40 left in the half for the lead. Did.
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Miami, which only made 17 field goals in the game, found a way to defend and make things happen. The Pack started the rally with a jumper and Popler hit two free throws and a jumper to close the deficit to 55–53 with 3:34 to play.
Jordan Miller hit two free throws with 3:24 left after Penn scored the Bulldogs’ final points on a free throw, and Bensley Joseph made it to tie it at 56 with 2:20 to play.
Pack, who was 7 of 15 from the field, put Miami ahead for good with his jumper off of the turnover.
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Drake: The Bulldog Had it won’t last until they were ice-cold at the end.
Miami: The Hurricanes looked offensively disconnected all night, but they will need to improve to get back to another Elite Eight.