The first ticket to the Sweet 16 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 Miami Hurricanes knocked off the No. 11 Wichita St. Shockers, 65-57, on Saturday afternoon in Providence.
It’s the third appearance in the Sweet 16 for the Hurricanes, having also made it in 2000 and 2013.
The Hurricanes were led by Angel Rodriguez, who finished with a game-high 28 points. Sheldon McClellan added 18 points of his own to help pace Miami. As for the Shockers, both Fred VanVleet and Shaquille Morris tied for the team lead with 12 points on the day.
Despite the lopsided leading scorers, it was the overall shooting that did Wichita State in. The Shockers shot just 33.9 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from three-point range. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, shot 55.3 percent from the field and an astounding 58.3 percent from long range.
Miami came out firing on all cylinders early on, opening the game on a 20-4 run before ending the first half up by 13. The second half was a much different story as Wichita St. got back into the game thanks to hot shooting early on. The Shockers even managed to take a 43-42 lead thanks to a Ron Baker three pointer halfway through the half.
That would be the only lead they would have on the day.
Miami would regain the lead on a dunk by McClellan, and it seemed to push the Hurricanes over the top. They would go on to outscore the Shockers 21-14 the rest of the way in order to pull out the victory.
Miami now awaits the winner of No. 7 Iowa and No. 2 Villanova on Sunday.
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