NASSAU, Bahamas: No. 12 Miami topped Kansas State 91-83 on Sunday to win the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas championship. Nigel Pack scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half against his former school. Norchad Omier scored 23 for Miami, who are essentially assured of tying a school record by being in the AP Top 25 for the 17th consecutive week. Miami also had a run of 17 consecutive appearances in the 2015-16 season.
Cam Carter scored 28 points and Arthur Kaluma had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas State (3-2), which fell to 0-2 against ranked opponents this season. The Wildcats started the year with a loss to then-No. 21 USC in Las Vegas. Tylor Perry and David N’Guessan had 10 apiece for Kansas State.
Miami was 12 of 24 from beyond the arc, Kansas State just 4 of 28. The difference in 3-point shooting.
Pack spent his first two college seasons at Kansas State, averaging 15.3 points and 2.9 assists in 53 games. He transferred before last season, helped the Hurricanes reach the Final Four and is now three makes shy of 100 3-pointers at Miami.
Kansas State outscored Miami 19-4 and got within 79-70, but Miami would hang on.
Kansas State: The Wildcats had won eight consecutive games against Division I teams from the state of Florida until last March, when they lost to Florida Atlantic in the Elite Eight — and now, they’ve lost to Miami as well. Their next game against a team from the Sunshine State is Jan. 6, when they open Big 12 play against UCF.
Miami: It was the first game of the season in which the Hurricanes didn’t have a run of at least 10 consecutive unanswered points.
The tournament announced the field for the 2024 Baha Mar event. It’ll be Virginia, Baylor, St. John’s and Tennessee.
Kansas State: Host Central Arkansas on Wednesday.
Miami: Visit Kentucky on Nov. 28 in the ACC-SEC challenge.