CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Malcolm Grant scored 21 points to lead Miami past Florida Gulf Coast 60-50 on Tuesday night.
Grant secured the win, converting 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:21, as the Hurricanes (4-0) held off a comeback attempt from the Eagles (2-3).Sherwood Brown's third 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining got Florida Gulf Coast within seven at 55-48.After Grant converted two free throws with 1:21 left, Brown hit a driving jumper with 55 seconds remaining to cut the Miami lead to seven, 57-50.Brown scored 19 points to lead Florida Gulf Coast.The Eagles rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit with a 9-0 run in the first 4:16 of the second half. Sherwood Brown's 3-pointer with 15:44 left capped the run and put Florida Gulf Coast within nine, 42-33.Following the 3, neither team scored until Miami finally got on the board on Erik Swoope's slam dunk with 13:06 remaining.Miami broke open a close first half with a 23-6 run in the final 6 minutes. Grant keyed the spurt with 10 points, including two 3-pointers.The Eagles entered the game shooting 43 percent from 3-point range but shot only 3-of-15 against Miami. Brown converted the three Florida Gulf Coast 3-pointers, all in the second half.Shane Larkin the dribbled length of the court and hit a driving layup at the buzzer that gave the Hurricanes a 42-24 lead at halftime.Eddie Murray scored consecutive baskets as the Eagles scored six unanswered points early in the first half and took a 10-6 lead with 13:53 remaining.Dante Holmes' lay-up kept Florida Gulf Coast within one at 19-18 with 6:32 remaining before Hurricanes went on their late first half surge.