Northwestern grabs win for Big Ten in challenge

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Miami coach Frank Haith found some temporary peace by being with his team.

Haith was on the sidelines Tuesday night when the Hurricanes lost to Northwestern 61-59 in the ACC/Big Ten challenge. He coached despite the death of his nephew Sean Bell several days ago.

Bell was killed and two of his friends were wounded Saturday by police gunfire following Bell's bachelor party at a strip club in Queens.

"It has been a tough week. The first time I talked to my team about everything was tonight. The basketball part of it was good for me," Haith said. "Just being with the team was good for me. We just got to continue to work through it. It was good to have basketball."

Haith will attend Bell's funeral Friday, the school told The Miami Herald on Monday night. He is scheduled to return to the team for its Atlantic Coast Conference opener Sunday at home against Georgia Tech.

The Hurricanes couldn't get their coach a victory, even though they staged a late rally.

Craig Moore scored a career-high 24 points to lead Northwestern.

Moore was 7-for-10 from 3-point range as Northwestern improved to 2-6 all-time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

"It's about time it fell in for me. I have been working in the gym and coach (Mitch) Henderson has put me back to fundamentals, what we need to do, and it's finally paying off," Moore said.

Miami's Jack McClinton tied a career high with 30 points Tuesday night.

Leading 50-47 with 5:56 left, Northwestern (4-2) scored seven straight points. Kevin Coble finished a back-door pass with a layup and Moore hit his seventh 3-pointer of the game. Then Tim Doyle made two free throws to give Northwestern a 57-47 lead with 3:42 left.

"Craig played great. He is the whole reason why we won tonight. He really shot the ball well and opened things up," Doyle said. "He set the tone for the game and obviously was the player of the game and without him we would've probably got blown out."

Doyle finished with 11 points and five assists.

McClinton quickly brought Miami (4-3) back. He scored six consecutive points and then after Doyle hit a free throw for Northwestern, McClinton hit a "3" to cut the Wildcats lead to 58-56 with 1:05 left.

Miami's Brian Asbury sank another 3-pointer to get the Hurricanes within 60-59 with 15.3 left. Miami put Jason Okrzesik on the line and he made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 61-59. McClinton then missed a chance to take the lead in the final seconds by missing a long 3-pointer.

The Wildcats led 30-27 at the half behind Moore's 14 points. McClinton led the Hurricanes with 13 points in the half.

Anthony King finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for Miami, who is 0-2 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.