'Canes pull off upset of Maryland


Published: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
CORAL GABLES - 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 3-for-6.
  • FLORIDA ST 74, VIRGINIA TECH 68: Al Thornton scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season as Florida State won in its ACC home opener.
    The Seminoles (10-2, 1-1 ACC) led by as many as 13 points in the second half at 55-42 with 10:28 left, but needed six straight free throws in the final 35 seconds to escape with the win.
    Virginia Tech (10-5, 0-2) closed to within 70-68 with 25.5 seconds left on a dunk by Coleman Collins, but Ralph Mims and Andrew Wilson each hit a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to seal the Florida State win.
  • NO. 25 NORTH CAROLINA 82, NO. 13 N.C. STATE 69:
    Freshman point guard Bobby Frasor scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and had a clutch steal in the final 2 minutes, Tyler Hansbrough converted all 14 free throws on his way to 20 points and the host Tar Heels held off the 13th-ranked Wolfpack.
    David Noel added 14 for North Carolina (9-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fifth straight in this Tobacco Road rivalry.
  • VIRGINIA 64, CLEMSON 58: Sean Singletary hit a 15-foot jumper with 1:12 left to put host Virginia ahead, and the Cavaliers hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch to nail down the victory.
    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 2 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 coaching."
    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.
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