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Irish Hold Off Miami to Win, 71-68

January 9, 1999

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) – Antoni Wyche scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Notre Dame ended Miami’s seven-game winning streak, beating the Hurricanes 71-68 Saturday night.

Martin Ingelsby added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Fighting Irish (9-7, 3-2 Big East) held off a late Miami threat to win for the seventh time in their past nine games.

Notre Dame held a 67-59 lead with 2:28 left, but Tim James scored four straight points and Vernon Jennings got a steal and layup to pull the Hurricanes within two with 1:11 remaining.

Jennings nearly got another steal on Notre Dame’s ensuing possession, but Phil Hickey rebounded a David Graves miss for the Irish with 30 seconds left. Wyche hit two free throws with 26 seconds remaining, and James missed a 3-pointer to seal Miami’s fate.

Tim James scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime to lead the Hurricanes (9-3, 3-1), but saw his streak of consecutive 20-point outings end at five.

Johnny Hemsley added 15 points for the Hurricanes, but had only three in the second half. Miami, which upset No. 10 St. John’s 84-79 Wednesday night, lost for the first time since a 74-65 defeat at Kentucky on Dec. 5.

Notre Dame was playing its third game in five days, created when its Jan. 2 home game against Villanova was postponed by snow. That game was made up Thursday, a 93-62 loss.

Freshmen Troy Murphy and David Graves each had 13 points and eight rebounds for Notre Dame. The Irish made 24 of 43 field-goal attempts, becoming the first team in 40 games to shoot better than 50 percent against the Hurricanes.

Miami led 31-29 at halftime, but Wyche scored seven points as the Irish opened the second half with a 17-8 burst to take the lead. Wyche’s steal and layup with 12:27 left capped the run, giving Notre Dame a 46-39 advantage.