The Miami Hurricanes are done streaking and are seeing double.
Dejan Vasiljevic and Anthony Lawrence had double-doubles, and the Hurricanes used disciplined defense to break a five-game losing streak by beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 62-47 Wednesday.
“I am going to try to enjoy this one tonight,” Hurricanes head basketball coach Jim Larranaga said.
The Hurricanes had a 39-33 edge in rebounds; they benefited with a 16-6 advantage in second-chance points.
“We’re small,” Lawrence said. “Everybody has to crash the glass.”
Miami (10-12, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) climbed out of the last place in the conference for the moment.
Vasiljevic, a junior guard, finished with 15 points and a career-high ten rebounds for his first career double-double. Lawrence, a senior, earned his fourth double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Miami’s 16-point lead in the second half was its largest in ACC play this season.
The Fighting Irish picked the wrong night to not shoot well from beyond the arc; they shot a season-worst 4 for 28 from 3-point range. The Irish could not connect on 23 of their final 24 3-point tries.
The Fighting Irish (12-11, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) was led in scoring by D.J. Harvey with 14 points, while John Mooney tallied 11 points.
“I think they’re a good team,” Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey said. “They play an unbelievably tough league schedule, league slate. I think their personnel is pretty good even though they only have seven of them.”
The Hurricanes play Saturday at No. 8 North Carolina, the Fighting Irish take their talents home as they host Georgia Tech.