Harris Suffers Cramp in Tough Loss

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Tuesday night, point guard Anthony Harris was turning in another solid performance against Wake Forest, the number one team in the ACC. But then he suffered a cramp With 8:46 left in the game, Harris had scored Miami's last five points, cutting the Wake's lead down to one, 52-51. But then he got a cramp.

Miami had the momentum on there side, and that's why it seems so unfair that his body gave up on him. Anthony Harris' muscles were searching for any source of hydration they could find, and when he had squeezed every last drop left in the tank—he got a cramp.

"It started from one of those spurts where we got up and down the court real fast," Harris said. "[My leg] started to throb, but it just would not go down. There is not too much to say except I was hurt, but that is no excuse."

Harris came back in the final minute of the game, but his absence down the stretch was definitely felt.

"We were so close," coach Haith said. "I think it hurt us when Anthony Harris could not play. He started cramping up, and that put us at a disadvantage. It allowed them to play triangle-and-two and box-and-one defense. That really hurt us during that stretch. [Wake Forest] really stretched the lead out."

With the Hurricanes down by three and 10 seconds left to play, Harris had an open look at a long three-pointer, a shot that was air-balled—though the Hurricanes claim it was tipped.

"I thought Levy had got a hand on it," Harris said. "I probably could have taken another dribble and taken a closer shot. I was positive that he tipped it, but the call did not go our way so we have got to move on."

Teammate Guillermo Diaz agreed.

"Yeah, I think that Jamaal Levy tipped it a little bit, but they did not call anything," he said.

After holding Wake Forest to only 68 points, their third lowest total of the season, the loss was especially tough. Miami executed the game plan—slow down Eric Williams and control the perimeter—as well as they could.

Still they came up just short losing 68-63 dropping their record to 15-8 and 6-6 in the ACC. #5 Wake Forest improved to 22-3 and an ACC-best 10-2 in league play.

"It is tough," Harris said. "Tonight, out of all the games we played, we fought Wake the hardest this time around. Going into the half I told our guys that I think this was the first time a team had held them to this low of a score in a half. We really did slow them down, they are an offensive team. To do that, I thought the game was right in our hands."

The Hurricanes are still in the hunt for a NCAA tournament birth. With each game the pressure builds, meaning that Miami has to put this game behind them.

"We do not get down on ourselves like we did last year," Harris said. "We can not let a tough loss like this affect us. We go back, look at our mistakes and respond in a positive way."

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