Walker scores 19, while Izundu scores 14 and grabs eight boards in first start
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Lonnie Walker IV scored 19 points and Ebuka Izundu, in his first start of the season, scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had a huge putback in the waning seconds, as the Miami men’s basketball team knocked off Notre Dame, 77-74, Monday evening at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind.
Miami (19-8, 8-7 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak and earned its seventh road win of the year, including its fourth in conference play. Ja’Quan Newton added a dozen points for the Hurricanes, while Anthony Lawrence II scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists.
Martinas Geben led Notre Dame (16-12, 6-9 ACC) with 19 points, while Matt Farrell added 16.
Both teams shot very well. Miami hit 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the field, while Notre Dame canned 28 of its 53 attempts (52.8), including 60.7 percent in the second half. The Hurricanes were 9-for-19 from 3-point range, while Notre Dame was 7-for-20.
Izundu played a career-high 26 minutes and was huge in the second half where he scored 12 of his points, including a putback with 11 seconds left after the Fighting Irish had pulled back within three, giving the Canes a 77-72 lead.
The game featured an array of runs on both sides. Miami bolted to an early 16-8 lead, only to see Notre Dame respond with a 12-1 run over nearly seven minutes. The Hurricanes outscored ND 22-9 over the final 6:54 of the half, capped by Walker’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the corner.
Notre Dame was sizzling from the field in the second half, hitting 14 of its first 19 shots to take a 62-57 lead with 7:51 left. Miami stepped up defensively and countered with a 13-0 run over the next 5:10, capped by a Newton jumper in the lane, for a 70-62 edge. The Irish cut the lead to two, 72-70, on a deep Farrell 3-pointer with 1:09 left, but Lawrence finished a layup on a dish from Newton and was fouled with 47.4 seconds left. He hit the free throw for a 75-70 lead.
After a pair of Geben free throws, Miami ran the shot clock down before Newton missed a jumper, but Izundu grabbed the rebound in traffic and scored on the putback with 11 seconds remaining.
Miami returns home next Saturday (Feb. 24) for a 2 p.m. game against Boston College. Fans wishing to attend home Miami basketball games this season are encouraged to use StubHub, the official secondary ticket market for Miami Athletics, to purchase single-game tickets, as season tickets are sold out.
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• The all-time series is now tied, 11-11. Miami owns a 4-3 edge since Notre Dame entered the ACC.
• Miami used the starting lineup of Ja’Quan Newton (G), Lonnie Walker IV (G), Anthony Lawrence II (G), Dewan Huell (F) and Ebuka Izundu (C) for the first time this season.
• Miami earned its seventh road win of the year, including its fourth in conference play. UM is 7-4 on the road this year. The Canes entered the game as one of 12 Power 5 schools with at least six road wins.
• Miami hit seven of its first nine shots to take an early 16-8 lead, but then missed its next seven shots while scoring one point in a 6-minute, 54-second span as Notre Dame went on a 12-1 run to take a 20-17 lead.
• Miami is now 13-1 when leading at the half.
• Miami committed eight turnovers, its second straight game with fewer than 10 turnovers and its eighth game of 10 or fewer this year.
• Lonnie Walker IV scored 19 points, reaching double figures for the 14th time this season, including the 10th time in conference play.
• Walker matched a career high with five 3-pointers.
• Ebuka Izundu made his first start of the season and his 10th career start.
• Izundu scored 14 points, reaching double figures for the fourth time this season and the second time in ACC play. It matched his second-most points of the season (15 at NC State).
• Izundu pulled down eight rebounds, his second most of the season (10 vs. Gardner-Webb in season opener).
• Ja’Quan Newton played in his 122nd career game, tied for 10th most in program history.
• Newton scored 12 points and moved into 31st place in career scoring at Miami with 1,095 points.
• Newton dished out four assists and has 298 for his career (10th in program history).
• Anthony Lawrence II matched a career high with six assists.