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Hurricanes headed to Sweet 16 after beating Indiana 85-69

Isaiah Wong, Jordan Miller lead Miami's decisive second-half effort
Miami Hurricanes guard Isaiah Wong celebrates with teammates in first round of second-round NCAA tournament game, March 19, 2023
Posted at 11:12 PM, Mar 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-19 23:35:02-04

ALBANY, N.Y. — Isaiah Wong and Jordan Miller led a decisive second-half spurt for Miami, which beat Indiana 85-69 Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament to reach its second straight Sweet 16.

Wong, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year who was limited to five points in a first-round win over Drake, had 27 points and eight rebounds for coach Jim Larrañaga's fifth-seeded Hurricanes (27-7), the only ACC team left in March Madness.

Miller, who had seven points on Friday, scored 19, while Indianapolis native Nijel Pack had 10 of his 12 points in the first half, getting Miami off to a fast start that allowed it to lead most of the game and end Indiana's hopes of a sixth national title.

Miami will face top-seeded Houston in the Midwest Region semifinals in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday.

Miami Hurricanes forward Norchad Omier blocks shot by Indiana Hoosiers forward Kaleb Banks in second half of second-round NCAA tournament game, March 19, 2023
Indiana forward Kaleb Banks' shot is blocked by Miami forward Norchad Omier during the second half of a second-round NCAA tournament game Sunday, March 19, 2023, in Albany, N.Y.

All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Hoosiers (23-12), who have not been to the Sweet 16 since 2016. Freshman Jalen Hood-Schifino added 19 points and Race Thompson had 11.

Indiana coach Mike Woodson knew his team was in trouble early and called a timeout less than two minutes into the game with Miami ahead 6-0.

Miami didn't lose the lead until Indiana went on a 13-0 run bridging the halves to push ahead 43-40. The game was tied at 49-all when Miller, who spent a great deal of time denying Jackson-Davis the ball, hit a layup to ignite a 16-4 burst. Wong hit two 3-pointers and Miller had seven points during that stretch.

Miami led 69-60 when Wong drilled a 3 late in the shot clock, Bensley Joseph followed with a steal, and Miller fed Joseph in the corner for a wide-open 3 that made it 75-60 with 3:23 left.