A Week Later, Story Remains Same

There are many clichés used today in the world of sports. "We gave it 110 percent," "we just take it one game at a time," and " we finally got the monkey off our backs." If there ever was a time to use a cliché, last night in Washington D.C. was just that.

"It was a tale of two halves," as the Georgetown Hoyas used a second half stampede to beat the visiting Miami Hurricanes 80-64 at the MCI Center.

The first half was all Hurricanes from the tip. Courtland Freeman gave the Hoyas an early 2-0 advantage, but that was it, as the Hurricanes wouldn't trail again in the first half. Miami played team ball, solid defense and following Karron Clarke's third basket (a 3-pointer), the Canes found themselves in front 27-16 with 4:10 to go in the half. From that point the Canes would be outscored 9-6 in the half, but still held an eight-point advantage on the Hoyas at the intermission.

Allowing Georgetown 25 points in 20 minutes was one thing, but holding Gerald Riley to 8 first half points, after he just torched the Canes last week for 35, was something else. Perry Clark was very pleased with his team's effort in the first half.

However, a different author wrote the story in the second half. It only took the Hoyas 8:30 to score 25 this time, as Gerald Riley scored the 8 of his 11 straight points to give the Hoyas a 50-42 lead with 11:30 to go. Miami would never lead again; every time the Canes would try to mount a comeback, two words hit them square in the mouth: Gerald Riley. Riley was by far the best player on the floor tonight as he scored 29 of his season-high 37 points in the second half. Brandon Bowman also had another big night against Miami, as he contributed 19 points to the onslaught.

The Canes knew coming into the game that Riley couldn't have another performance like he had last week, if they wanted to be victorious. Despite continuing his poor shooting from beyond the arc (2-8), Darius Rice led three Hurricanes in double figures with 14 points. Guillmero Diaz and Armando Surratt reached double figures as well. Diaz scored 12 on 3-8 shooting and 6-6 from the charity stripe, while Surratt got his 11 with 4-8 shooting from the field and 33% (2-6) from the foul line. The Canes followed a respectable 12-24 (50%) shooting performance in the first half by shooting under 33% in the second, as they hit on only 9 of their 28 attempts.

The Canes fall to 13-10 Overall, 3-6 Big East, and are now in danger of not making the Big East tournament, while Georgetown improved to 13-6 Overall, 4-5 Big East. The Canes lead Virginia Tech (9-10 2-6 BIG EAST) by a game for the 12th and final ticket to New York City in early March. Next up for Miami is Boston College (14-7, 3-5 Big East), Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. There are still tickets available! Tip time is 7:30 and will be available on Fox Sports Florida as well as WQAM 560 in Miami.

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