Miami (FL) 63

(9-8, 2-1 ACC)

Maryland 58

(14-3, 0-2 ACC)

    9:00 PM ET, January 10, 2007

    Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

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    MIA 26 3763
    MD 21 3758

    Top Performers

    Miami (FL): D. Collins 14 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Maryland: E. Ibekwe 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    No. 25 Maryland loses first ACC home opener since '00

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- In a game that featured poor shooting and shaky ball-handling, Miami fared better than No. 25 Maryland in chasing down the myriad of errant shots.

    The result was an uplifting Atlantic Coast Conference victory on the road.

    Dwayne Collins had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Miami overcame its own shortcomings by limiting the Terrapins to 22 percent shooting in a 63-58 victory Wednesday night.

    "It means a lot. I told our team before the game that nobody thinks that we can win," said sophomore guard Jack McClinton, who scored 12 points. "We knew that we could play with anyone when the time came."

    The Hurricanes (9-8, 2-1 ACC) compiled statistics that don't often result in a win: 31 percent shooting, 15 turnovers and a mere seven assists.

    But those numbers were good enough to end Maryland's five-game winning streak, because the Terrapins shot miserably and were outrebounded 55-41.

    "They didn't shoot much better than us, but they went after the glass a lot harder," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "You can be in denial but you have to accept the truth: We got our butts kicked on the glass. It's as simple as that."

    Brian Asbury had 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes, and half of Collins' rebounds were on the offensive end.

    "They had everyone boxing out well and we didn't," Maryland center Ekene Ibekwe said.

    Anthony Harris scored 15 points for Miami, which held Maryland to one field goal over the final 9 minutes, 36 seconds and went 14-for-16 at the foul line over the final 1:19.

    "This was a great win for us. I was proud of how well we played defense," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "We didn't shoot the ball well, but we found a way to grind the win out."

    Mike Jones led Maryland (14-3, 0-2) with 17 points. D.J. Strawberry, the Terrapins' leading scorer, went 1-for-8 from the field and finished with seven points -- all in the final three minutes.

    Maryland starters went a combined 9-for-47 from the floor. Greivis Vasquez was 1-for-11, James Gist went 3-for-12 and Jones missed 8-of-11 tries.

    "We got every look we needed to get. We just couldn't put the ball in the basket," Gist said.

    It was the first time since the 1999-2000 season that Maryland lost its ACC home opener. The Terrapins finished 13-for-58 from the field (6-for-23 from beyond the arc) but kept it close by going 26-for-35 at the line.

    Maryland trailed only 30-25 early in the second half before finally giving the sellout crowd reason to cheer.

    Two free throws by Ibekwe and a 15-foot jumper by Will Bowers got the Terrapins within one, and a 3-pointer by Gist tied it. Then, after a basket by Miami, freshman Eric Hayes hit a 3-pointer to Maryland its first lead since 19-17.

    It didn't last long. Two foul shots by McClinton and layups by Asbury and Harris put the Hurricanes up 40-35 with 9:55 left.

    Miami went ahead 43-37 before the Terrapins used six successive free throws to draw even with five minutes to go.

    The Hurricanes answered with two foul shots by Asbury and a follow-shot by Collins, then held off Maryland with a fine performance at the line.

    Miami held Maryland to 21 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Terrapins 33-16 in taking a 26-21 halftime lead.

    Jones scored half of Maryland's first 14 points and then hit his third 3-pointer for a 17-12 lead. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, missed 10 straight field-goal tries before a layup by Raymond Hicks ended a scoring drought of nearly seven minutes.

    Ibekwe then made two foul shots before Collins scored eight points in a 13-1 run that put the Hurricanes up 26-20.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 58
    FG Made-Attempted 19-61 (.311) 13-58 (.224)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 6-23 (.261)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-29 (.759) 26-35 (.743)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 5

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