Cavaliers Fall in Overtime at Miami
CORAL GABLES, Fla.-Forward Adrian Thomas had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and center Reggie Johnson scored 16 points and had eight rebounds to lead Miami to a 70-68 come-from-behind overtime victory over Virginia in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at the BankUnited Center on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 5). Thomas made six three-point field goals in the game.
Miami trailed by seven points (53-46) with 2:42 left in the game and by five points (55-50) with 37 seconds remaining before rallying to tie the game and force overtime. Guard Rion Brown hit a three-pointer to pull the Hurricanes within two and then made three free throws with 13 seconds left to play to tie the game at 56-56 as Miami outscored the Cavaliers 6-1 in the final 37 seconds.
Thomas and Johnson each scored five points in the overtime period as the Hurricanes led by as many as six points and held on for the victory.
The win was the second in a row for Miami and improved the Hurricanes overall record to 14-9. Miami is 3-6 in the ACC. With the loss Virginia drops to 12-11 overall and 3-6 in the ACC. It was the first overtime game of the season for the Cavaliers.
Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan led three Virginia players scoring in double figures with 20 points. It’s the ninth time in the last 10 games Farrakhan has scored in double figures and the fifth time this season he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Freshman guard Joe Harris added 18 points and red-shirt junior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored 11 points for the Cavaliers. Harris’ 18 points are the most he has scored in an ACC game.
Junior center Assane Sene led UVa with eight rebounds and had six points, and sophomore guard Jontel Evans had a team-high five assists and scored nine points. It’s the ninth time this season Evans has had five or more assists in a game. He also tied his season high with five rebounds.
Guard Malcolm Grant also scored in double figures for Miami with 11 points.
Fouls on two Miami three-point attempts in the final minute of regulation and missed free throws hurt the Cavaliers. Virginia made just 40.9 percent (9-22) of its free throw attempts in the game, its lowest free throw percentage of the season.
UVa was 3-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:52 of regulation, including missing the front end of two one-and-one situations. Miami was 17-22 (77.3 percent) from the free throw line in the game and 5-6 in the final 38 seconds.
Virginia led 23-20 at halftime and neither team led by more than six points in the second half until Virginia went on an 8-1 run to take a 48-41 lead with 4:21 remaining. Farrakhan and Zeglinski each had three points and Harris had two in the UVa run. The Cavaliers still led by seven with 2:42 to play before Miami rallied down the stretch.
Miami outscored Virginia 7-1 in the first 2:33 of overtime to take a 63-57 lead and then held off the Cavaliers for the win. Thomas hit a three-pointer, Johnson made a layup and guard Garrius Adams made two free throws in that run by the Hurricanes. Two free throws by Thomas with two seconds to play sealed the victory for Miami.
Miami made 3-5 shots from the field, including 1-2 from three-point range, and 7-9 (77.8 percent) from the free throw line in the overtime period. UVa was 4-7 (57.1 percent) from the field, including 1-2 from three-point range, and 3-6 from the free throw line in overtime.
Virginia led by as many as nine points in the first half and took the three-point halftime lead on a three-pointer by Evans with one second to play in the half.
Virginia made 47.1 percent (24-51) of its shots from the field in the game, including 57.9 percent (11-19) from three-point range. It’s the fifth time this season UVa has made 10 or more three-point field goals in a game. The Cavaliers also totaled 17 assists, eight steals and six blocked shots in the game.
Miami shot 39.3 percent (22-56) from the field, including 39.1 percent (9-23) from three-point range in the game. The Hurricanes out-rebounded Virginia 41-29.
Virginia returns to action on Feb. 12 at Florida State. That game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will be televised by the Regional Sports Networks.