Nijel Pack scored 21 factors — together with the go-ahead jumper and a pair of free throws within the last minute — to rally No. 5 seeded Miami previous Drake 63-56 within the first spherical of the NCAA Tournament Friday night time.
The Hurricanes (26-7) scored the ultimate 10 factors barely getting previous Twelfth-seeded Drake solely a 12 months after reaching the Elite Eight.
Norchad Omier added 12 factors and 14 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who received regardless of being held to a season-low 63 factors. Wooga Poplar had 15 factors.
Darnell Brodie had 20 factors and 9 rebounds to guide Drake (27-8). The Missouri Valley Conference match champions had been outscored 16-1 over the ultimate 4:29 and 10-0 within the final 2:28. The Bulldogs missed their final seven pictures from the sector and had been scoreless the ultimate 3:24.
Mo Valley Player of the Year Tucker DeVries, whose father is the coach, scored three factors on 1 of 13 capturing.
Miami will face the sport winner between fourth-seeded Indiana (22-11) and Thirteenth-seeded Kent State within the second spherical of the Midwest Region.
Brodie tied the sport at 47 with a free throw, after which Calhoun hit two consecutive 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that Roman Penn capped with a jumper for a 55-47 lead with 5:40 to go.
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Miami, which solely made 17 subject objectives within the recreation, discovered a option to choose up its protection and make issues occur. Pack began the rally with a jumper and Poplar hit two free throws and a jumper to shut the deficit to 55-53 with 3:34 to play.
After Penn scored the Bulldogs’ last level on a free throw with 3:24 left Jordan Miller hit two free throws, and Bensley Joseph made one to tie the competition at 56 with 2:20 to play.
Pack, who was 7 of 15 from the sector, put Miami forward for good along with his jumper off a turnover.
Drake: The Bulldogs had this one received till they bought ice-cold on the finish.
Miami: The Hurricanes seemed disconnected offensively all night time, however they should enhance to get again to a different Elite Eight.
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