On Cloud 9

The Friz is stepping up. Finally coming to realize the potential that was expected from Will Frisby since he arrived here out of junior college, Frisby is not only becoming an emotional leader for the ‘Canes, but a productive leader as well in terms of numbers.

And he's making plays too while averaging 9.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Point in case, the Friz, aka Cloud 9 came up huge for the ‘Canes against Maryland in their 75-73 win in front of a sold out crowd at the Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.

And it wasn't just his two free throws that he drilled with .8 tenths of a second left on the clock in the overtime session.

With the ‘Canes leading 71-70 in the overtime session, he made a strong move to the hope knocking down a lay up to give Miami a three-point lead.

After having a quiet first half, the Friz came out of the gates strong throwing down a dunk and swishing a three from the top of the key.

He had 15 points overall, but 11 came in the pivotal second half, on 5-of-10 shooting, but more importantly, was 4-for-4 from the stripe including calmly delivering for the ‘Canes in the final second of the overtime.

And nervous he wasn't as he'd been in this position last year against Boston College, sending a game into overtime.

That would be considered more pressure than hitting the free throws to win the game as if he had missed both, the game would have still gone to a second overtime against Maryland.

"I didn't feel any pressure," Frisby. "I was more like happy, like wow, I am going to win this game for us."

And winning the pivotal game against the Terrapins, the ‘Canes third win this season against a top 25 opponent is as big as it gets considering the ‘Canes were coming off a disappointing home loss against Virginia Tech.

The win was also quite pivotal in the ‘Canes attempt to secure an NCAA Tournament bid.

"It's a great win for us," We'll live it up for today, but tomorrow is tomorrow and if we're not practicing just as hard as the next team, then someone will take us out. We know we've got bigger things ahead of us."

With 6 regular season games to play and a 14-7 overall record as well a 5-5 record in the conference, the ‘Canes are right in the thick of things. And if they finish with a .500 record in the conference, more than likely, they'll earn a bid to the NCAA tournament, something no one outside of the basketball family could have possibly imagined.

"The whole game everyone had energy," Frisby said. "The bench was up and about. We were ready the whole game. Everyone was on the same page. Everyone wanted to win."

And who better to be the reason for the win than the senior leader who's finally living up to the billing he came in with just a few years ago.

Because of it, for at least one day, Friz was on Cloud 9 and because of him, so were his teammates.

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