Cavaliers Fall in Overtime to Miami in ACC Tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C.-Miami rallied from 10 points down in the final 42 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime and went on to defeat Virginia 69-62 in the first game of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Junior guard Malcolm Grant led four Miami players in double figures in scoring with a game-high 16 points and he had a game-high seven assists. Junior forward-center Julian Gamble added 11 points and sophomore guard Garrius Adams and sophomore guard Durand Scott each scored 10 points.
Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan led Virginia with 14 points and junior guard Sammy Zeglinski had 13. Junior center Assane Sene, sophomore guard Jontel Evans and freshman guard KT Harrell each scored nine points for UVa and Sene had a game-high nine rebounds.
The victory improves Miami’s overall record to 19-13 and the loss drops Virginia’s record to 16-15.
It’s the second time this season Miami has defeated Virginia in overtime. The Hurricanes beat the Cavaliers 70-68 in overtime in Coral Gables, Fla., on Feb. 5.
UVa led 53-43 after Farrakhan made one of two free throws with 42 seconds left to play. That was the final point for the Cavaliers in regulation as Scott and Grant hit three-pointers, and Gamble and Scott scored baskets after Virginia turnovers. Scott’s layup tied the game at 53-53 with 13 seconds remaining.
Virginia missed two free throws and turned the ball over four times in the final 31 seconds.
Miami made all five of its field goal attempts in the overtime session as the Hurricanes pulled away to the victory. Grant and sophomore center Reggie Johnson each had five points in overtime to lead Miami.
After trailing 37-30 with 10:48 to play, Virginia used a 20-2 run to build a 50-39 lead with 2:15 remaining in the game. Harrell led the Cavaliers with seven points in the run.
In the first half, Miami outscored UVa 11-2 over the last six minutes of the half to take a 31-25 lead at halftime. Gamble had seven points for the Hurricanes in that run.
Miami shot 39.1 percent (25-64) from the field in the game, including 34.5 percent (10-29) from three-point range, and 45 percent (9-20) from the free throw line. The Hurricanes out-rebounded Virginia 45-40.
Virginia shot 40.0 percent (24-60) from the field for the game, including 40.0 percent (6-15) from three-point range, and 50 percent (8-16) from the free throw line.
With the victory Miami advances to meet top-seeded North Carolina in the tournament’s quarterfinals on Friday. Virginia was the tournament’s eighth seed and Miami is seeded ninth.