Canes Win in OT, 75-73

Effort and aggressiveness is sometimes all it takes. With that combination working in UM's favor, the ‘Canes overcame horrific first half shooting and Will Frisby hit two clutch free throws with 0.8 seconds to play in overtime to give Miami a 75-73 win over Maryland in a thriller at the Convocation Center in front of a sold out audience.

With 13.9 seconds to play and the score tied at 73, Maryland coach Gary Williams made sure that Guillermo Diaz didn't touch the ball as he had torched the Terrapins with 27 points and got to the free throw line at will.

So Robert Hite brought the ball up the court and had an open 10-footer with three seconds to go, but his shot fell short.

Frisby was in perfect position to catch the air ball and went up strong. He was fouled on the play with 0.8 seconds to play by Maryland's Mike Jones.

After a review by the officials to see how much time was remaining, Frisby swished both free throws.

Maryland's Chris McCray had a chance to win it from the wing, but his hurried three flew long and the ‘Canes secured a much needed win.

"I knew they were going in," Frisby said. "I wasn't nervous or anything. I was more happy that I was going to win the game for us."

Frisby is no stranger to having to hit clutch free throws as he hit a pair of free throws in a game against Boston College last year that sent the game into overtime. He finished with 15 points.

But the Terps were lucky the game went into overtime as Diaz single-handedly carried the ‘Canes in the final five minutes of regulation.

Down 62-61, Diaz drilled a three with 2:58 to play to give the ‘Canes a two-point lead. After the Terps responded with a three-pointer by John Gilchrist, Daiz hit a driving lay up to give the ‘Canes the lead again.

After Anthony King hit the second of two free throws with 16 seconds to play giving Miami a 67-65 lead, Travis Garrison rebounded a Gilchrist miss and was fouled on his put back attempt.

Drilling both free throws, the ‘Canes were left with a chance to win the game, but Diaz's 35-footer that was just a couple of steps inside the half court line that swished through left Diaz's hand just a tick after the clock hit zero and the game went into overtime.

"I had to make sure they understood we still had five minutes to play," Haith said. "I told the guys to look at that shot as if it was a miss."

They did just that.

Diaz hit two free throws to give UM the lead, and after Maryland tied it, Diaz hit another driving lay up to give the ‘Canes a 71-69 lead.

"We needed this win tonight," Diaz said. "We couldn't let the last game affect us. There was no pressure. If you let pressure get to you, you won't play well."

Williams was very complimentary of Diaz, as he stepped up his play late in the game after Anthony Harris went out with an injury late in the game.

"We had a real hard time staying with Diaz," Williams said. "He is such a tough cover, but we got what we wanted on the final play keeping the ball from him. We simply have to grab that rebound and we'd be playing a second overtime."

The fact that Miami was in the game in the second half though is a testament to the effort and aggressiveness they showed.

Although shooting a disastrous 20.6% from the field, the ‘Canes still led 29-26 going into the half because they went 12-for-15 from the free throw line.

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