DJ Vasiljevic recorded his first career triple double as the Hurricanes FINALLY got back in the win column, defeating Notre Dame 62-47. DJ’s 15 points led all scorers while Ebuka Izundu followed with 14 points of his own despite dealing with cramps for much of the second half. Here’s what you need to know:
- Anthony Lawrence joined DJ with a double-double of his own. He scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds.
Is that a double double-double? That should definitely be a thing
- Chris Lykes contributed 11 points while grabbing three rebounds.
- After the game, Coach Larranaga praised his team’s cohesive rebounding effort. Lawrence (12), DJ (10), Izundu (7), Waardenburg (5), and Lykes (3) all made contributions on the boards.
- Miami finished the game shooting 44% while holding Notre Dame to 32% from the field.
- Four Hurricanes finished the game in double figures: DJ (15), Izundu (14), Lawrence (11), and Lykes (11). Zach Johnson came up just short scoring nine but also adding three assists and three steals.
- The game looked like it might get ugly early as Notre Dame opened the game on a 13 – 4 run. The Hurricanes would not go away that easily though. They held Notre Dame scoreless for the next five minutes.
- Coach Brey (Notre Dame) said after the game that Miami’s defense gave them fits all night. He also praised Chris Lykes and his ability to apply ball pressure and force turnovers.
- Miami was able to take their first lead of the game with 8:40 on the clock on a three by, who else, DJ Vasiljevic.
- After a horrendously bad stretch of basketball, featuring a five minute scoring drought, the teams traded the lead back and forth. An Ebuka Izundu buzzer beating dunk gave the Hurricanes a 28-23 lead heading into halftime.
- To start the second half, the Canes stretched their lead to 11 by hitting their first three shots.
- With just under five minutes left in the game, Anthony Lawrence matched his teammates career night by recording a double-double of his own.
- Anytime the Fighting Irish attempted to claw their way back, Coach Larranaga’s squad found a way to get stops and stay just out of reach.
The Hurricanes will not have too much time to enjoy this victory. The team will travel to Chapel Hill to face the eighth ranked UNC Tar Heels on Saturday. The game is scheduled to tip at 12pm. It felt so great to get back in the win column tonight and hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling!
ALSO, don’t miss the Hurricanes women in action tonight against the number four ranked Notre Dame women at the Watsco Center! Game tips at 7pm!