UM Defeats Florida 72-65

What's that smell in the air? It's the smell of fried gator after the University of Miami men's basketball team cooked in-state rival Florida 72-65 at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon.

Point guard Anthony Harris who has struggled of late from the field, torched Florida (4-1) for 23 points, including 18 points in the second half and a three with just over three minutes to play that gave Miami (3-2) a 63-60 lead it would never relinquish.

The win was Miami's first win in Gainesville since 1963 and ended a Gators 26-game winning streak against schools from the state of Florida.

Robert Hite and Guillermo Diaz both struck for 16 points giving Miami a back court that scored 55 of the team's 72 points.

Diaz also played remarkable defense on UF's leading scorer Matt Walsh limiting him to 2-of-9 shooting and eight points.

This is not the same ‘Canes team that lost to South Carolina State just two weeks ago at the Convocation Center.

Since that game that saw Diaz struggle, he has played like a man possessed as he shot 6-for-13 from the field and grabbed four rebounds in Saturday's win.

Even more impressive was the fact Miami trailed by nine in the early moments of the game at 11-2, but fought back to cut the lead to two at half trailing 32-30.

But the man of the hour was Harris.

Since the first half Miami's loss to Xavier when he had 13 points, Harris had scored only seven points in the next four halves of basketball.

He was 1-for-6 in the first half against Florida with five points before he erupted in the second 20 minutes shooting 5-or-7 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range. He also shot 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

With a win over the nation's eighteenth ranked team, the confidence right now this squad that wasn't expected to do much is soaring and should help them enormously as they head into the remaining non-conference games.

The ‘Canes face cross-town rival FIU at Golden Panther Arena Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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