SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Nigel Parker scored 21 points and grabbed four steals at home to give No. 14 Miami a 76-65 win over Notre Dame on Friday.
Parker, a junior from Indianapolis, made 5 of 8 three-pointers. Kansas State scored 13 points in the opening 10 minutes to give the Hurricanes a 25-16 lead.
“Nigel was really good the whole game,” Cann coach Jim Laraniaga said of Parker’s first college game at Indiana. “…he’s done a fantastic job[on multiple fronts]and I hope his scoring will continue because he’s a great shooter.”
Norchad Omier scored 18 points, went 8-for-11 from the field and blocked three shots, helping Miami (13-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its nine-game winning streak. Isaiah King had 15 points and Jordan Miller had 12.
Trevors scored 15 points, Dane Goodwin had 14 and Marcus Hammond had 12 as the Fighting Irish (8-6, 0-3) lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
“There’s no question we struggled with confidence,” Notre Dame coach Mike Bray said. “In our loss, we literally turned the ball over and it literally killed us.”
The Irish had a season-high 17 turnovers, five by Wertz and four by Goodwin. The Canes allowed just nine points and beat Notre Dame 25-7 on turnovers.
“We really succeeded in the second half on both ends of the court,” said Lara Niaga, whose team trailed 34-33 at halftime. “We defended better, rebounded better, got to the rim more.”
Miami led for most of the time, but Hammond’s four-pointer gave Notre Dame a 51-49 lead with 12:12 left. But Miami responded with a 9-0 run, largely seizing control and later leading by as many as 14 points. Ireland were within eight points with 2:30 remaining.
Miami: From here, the Canes have a tough schedule, their only league road wins coming against a pair of teams that haven’t won in ACC games, but a 4-0 in conference is a good start. Miami will still face 17th-ranked Duke twice, plus visits to 25th-ranked North Carolina, Clemson, NC State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
Notre Dame: The sinking Irish still have a steep hill to climb to reach the NCAA tournament, considering they have three double-digit nonconference losses to unranked clubs. Notre Dame visits No. 13 Virginia and No. 17 Duke in February and has two meetings with No. 25 North Carolina.
Although frustrated by his team’s loss, Brey was quick to ask, “What’s the football score?” in reference to Notre Dame’s Gator Bowl game against South Carolina State, which started about 90 minutes after basketball began.
Friday marked the first of six times the men’s basketball team lost on a day when the football team played a bowl game. In contrast, the football team goes 1-4 in these situations.
Miami: Visit Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
Notre Dame: Starting Tuesday at Boston College, three of the next four games are on the road.