Miami guard trio orchestrate dismantling of Maryland

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Every time Maryland made a comeback
bid, the Miami Hurricanes sank another 3-pointer.

Miami scored the first 13 points and led the rest of the way,
hitting a season-high 12 3-pointers to beat the 14th-ranked
Terrapins 84-70 Saturday.

The Hurricanes' three starting guards totaled 65 points. Anthony
Harris scored a season-high 22 in 24 minutes, Robert Hite tied a
season high with 22 and Guillermo Diaz had 21.

"It seemed like they hit everything they put up," said Nik
Caner-Medley, who led Maryland with 19 points. "They were making
shots they haven't made all year. We're talking about a team that
would have a very different record if they shot the ball like they
did today every night."

Instead, Miami (9-6, 1-1 ACC) beat a ranked team for the first
time in four tries this season.

"It gives us some confidence," coach Frank Haith said. "It
gives us belief we can compete and win in this league."

The upset snapped a six-game winning streak for Maryland (11-3,
1-1), which lost in overtime at Miami last year.

"We did a lot of things poorly," coach Gary Williams said.
"Miami beat us to a lot of balls. They were more aggressive from
the start than we were."

The Terrapins endured their most lopsided loss this season and
their first since Dec. 5. They came into the game leading the ACC
in scoring average at 85 points but failed to match the Hurricanes'
outside shooting.

Miami missed only seven of 19 3-point tries and went 7-for-10 in
the second half. Harris finished 4-for-4, Hite 4-for-6 and Diaz

The touted guards have been slowed by ailments this season, but
there was no slowing them Saturday. It's the first time three
Hurricanes topped 20 points in a non-overtime game since Feb. 8,

"We just wanted to be aggressive from the start and attack,"
Hite said. "That's what we did the whole game."

Diaz, slowed much of this season by a sore knee, took a hard
spill making an awkward layup and limped off in the first half. But
he was back in the game 2½ minutes later and finished with nine
assists and three steals with two turnovers in 36 minutes.

"It was good to see him play a complete game," Haith said.

Maryland's problems weren't limited to perimeter defense. Chris
McCray, the Terps' leading scorer this season, went 1-for-7 and
totaled five points, 11 below his average. Teammate D.J. Strawberry
had 14 points but also six turnovers.

The Terrapins totaled 20 turnovers against Miami's zone.

Maryland failed to score on its first seven possessions, while
Miami sank a trio of 3-pointers en route to a quick lead.

"You dig yourself a 13-0 hole," Williams said. "I'm sure
that's happened before, but I don't remember it wherever I've been

Travis Garrison's free throw at 15:49 got the Terrapins on the
board, but consecutive 3-pointers by Diaz and Denis Clemente put
the Hurricanes ahead 27-15. Their halftime lead was 37-33, even
though Maryland shot 54 percent.

The Terps cut the margin to 42-41 early in the second half but
never pulled even. Harris sank consecutive 3-pointers to build
Miami's lead back to seven. Hite's drive and dunk made it 57-48,
and he sank back-to-back 3-pointers for a 65-62 lead with 9 minutes
to go.

Another 3-pointer by Hite made it 72-56, and his three-point
play gave the Hurricanes their biggest margin at 75-58.

"I've never seen three guards shoot that well in my life,"
Strawberry said. "It felt like every time we made a run, they made
one, too."

The Terrapins next play at top-ranked Duke on Wednesday. Last
season, Maryland became the first ACC team to sweep both games from
the Blue Devils since 1995-96.