Final OT

(22) Maryland 73

(13-7, 4-5 ACC)

Miami (FL) 75

(14-7, 5-5 ACC)

    3:00 PM ET, February 5, 2005

    BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Florida

    1 2 OT T
    #22MD 26 41 673
    MIA 29 38 875

    Top Performers

    Maryland: C. McCray 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Miami (FL): G. Diaz 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    Miami rallies to send game to OT, win it

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami's Will Frisby was excited about shooting free throws with the game on the line.

    Frisby made a pair of free throws with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to lift Miami past Maryland (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) 75-73 on Saturday.

    "I wasn't really nervous," Frisby said. "I was more like happy thinking, 'Wow, I'm going to win this game for us.' "

    It was the first win in three games for Miami (14-7, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which led for nearly the entire game but had to rally at the end of regulation and in the final second of overtime.

    "It's a great win," said Miami coach Frank Haith. "It puts us right back in the middle of things in terms of the race. We're 5-5 in the league. That's where you want to be."

    Guillermo Diaz scored 27 points to pace the Hurricanes.

    "We needed this game," Diaz said. "We got it done."

    Maryland (13-7, 4-5) lost its second consecutive game after a pair of wins over Duke and Georgia Tech.

    Miami trailed for just 27 seconds of the first half, and maintained its lead until Chris McCray made a 3-pointer from the right wing to give Maryland a 60-57 lead with 6:07 remaining.

    McCray led Maryland with 23 points, including 20 in the second half and overtime. Mike Jones, who scored 14, was the only other Maryland player in double figures.

    Maryland held the lead until 2:58, when Diaz made a 3-pointer to put Miami up 64-62. But the Terrapins went back in front just over a minute later when John Gilchrist's 3-pointer gave them a 65-64 lead with 1:44 remaining.

    Diaz bailed the Hurricanes out again, blowing past two defenders for a layup and a 66-65 lead at 1:17.

    Maryland called a timeout, and Gilchrist missed a long 3-pointer that was rebounded by Miami's Robert Hite with 45 seconds left.

    The Hurricanes let the game clock wind down to 18 seconds before Diaz missed a deep 3-pointer. But Anthony King snared the rebound, and was fouled by Will Bowers with 15.3 seconds remaining.

    King missed the first free throw but made the second, giving Miami a 67-65 lead. But the Hurricanes allowed Travis Garrison to get a rebound of a miss by Gilchrist on the other end, and the junior forward made both free throws to tie the game at 67 with 3.9 seconds left.

    Diaz took the inbound pass and made a desperate runner from NBA 3-point range, but failed to get the shot off before the buzzer.

    "They said it didn't count," Diaz said. "I just had to forget about it."

    In overtime, Diaz scored Miami's first four points to give the Hurricanes a 71-69 lead. Frisby had a chance to put Miami up 75-70, but missed a dunk attempt at 1:28.

    McCray's 3-pointer 14 seconds later tied the game at 73. Diaz missed a rushed 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining, and Nik Caner-Medley appeared to put Maryland up 75-73 with 14 seconds left.

    But Caner-Medley was called for an offensive foul after knocking Frisby to the floor.

    "What are you gonna do?" Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "Get a technical? The referee called a charge. There was contact."

    Hite missed a short jumper with 3 seconds to go, but Frisby grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Jones with 0.8 seconds left.

    "For the first time in the game, they shot an airball," said Williams. "That's our rebound. We don't get it, we foul them, and they make the foul shots and win the game."

    Frisby made both free throws, and McCray failed to get a desperation 3-pointer off before the final buzzer.

    "It's great for us," said Frisby. "We'll live it up today. It's a good win, but we know we have bigger things ahead of us."

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 75
    FG Made-Attempted 24-63 (.381) 23-72 (.319)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-24 (.458) 9-28 (.321)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-22 (.636) 20-26 (.769)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 9

    2004-05 Season

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