MIAMI (AP) — Junior guard Miye Oni scored a career-high 29 points, including the game's final four, and Yale overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half Saturday to hand the Miami Hurricanes their third consecutive defeat, 77-73.
Oni sank two free throws to put the Bulldogs ahead 75-73 with 1:32 to go — their first lead since midway through the first half. The Hurricanes then misfired on consecutive possessions, and Oni made two clinching free throws with 10 seconds left.
The Bulldogs (3-2) climbed above .500 even though they have yet to play at home. The Hurricanes (5-3) have lost their past three games by a total of nine points.
The game was the finale of the Hoophall Miami Invitational, a four-team, one-day event at the Heat's arena.
Oni went 10 for 15 and added six rebounds. Teammate Paul Atkinson, a sophomore from nearby West Palm Beach, Florida, added a career-high 17 points and made 8 of 10 shots.
Ebuka Izundu had 19 points and nine rebounds for Miami, and DJ Vasiljevic added 17 points.
The Hurricanes were up 49-39 at halftime and increased the lead to 56-41 before the Bulldogs rallied, finally pulling even at 71 on a basket by Atkinson with 3½ minutes left.
Yale went only 4 for 18 from 3-point range but shot 52 percent overall, while holding the Hurricanes to 30 percent in the second half. Miami missed 15 of its final 17 shots and went scoreless over the final 3:21.
A moment of silence was held before tipoff to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday. He was a baseball captain at Yale in the 1940s.
Yale plays at home for the first time Wednesday when it faces Lehigh.
Miami completes a stretch of six games in 13 days Tuesday when it plays another Ivy League team, Penn.
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