With 18 seconds remaining Miami had an opportunity to win the game after a steal by Anthony King. Diaz held the ball down to the final seconds and found an open Anthony Harris, but the shot did not fall.
After Miami controlled virtually the whole game, Virginia took its first lead in the second half, 62-61, on a Devin Smith three-pointer with 2:22 left in the game.
With 1:22 left in the game, point guard Sean Singletary penetrated and connected on a six-foot floater, giving Virginia a 64-61 lead.
On Virginia's next possession, Singletary made one-of-two free-throws for a 65-61 lead.
Virginia's Devin Smith made a free-throw, and Diaz made four straight free-throws, making the score 66-65.
Miami's final possession saw Anthony Harris have an open three-point attempt from the corner, but the shot did not fall.
Virginia (14-14) was led by a career-game by guard J.R. Reynolds. Reynolds scored 32 points on a sharp 10-for-14 shooting night. He was the only Cavalier to score in double figures.
For Miami (16-12), Robert Hite added 13 points and Anthony King grabbed 14 rebounds. The Hurricanes out-rebounded Virginia on the offensive end 22-6, but the ‘Canes shot just 31 percent from the field and made just 19-of-28 free-throws.
The first five minutes of the game was marked by sloppy possessions by both teams. Neither Miami nor Virginia could find an offensive rhythm, shooting a combined 5-for-19 from the field.
After taking a small 4-0 lead Miami allowed Virginia to reel off 11 of the next 13 points in the game, losing 11-6—Virginia's lead eventually grew to 17-8 with 9:55 left in the half.
Virginia was led by the sharp-shooting J.R. Reynolds during the first 10 minutes of the game. Due to Miami's porous 2-3 zone, Reynolds knocked down two three-pointers on his way to eight points at the 10-minute mark.
But, Miami finally got back on track. Harris made the ‘Canes first three-pointer, ending Miami's 0-for-6 drought from behind the arc. UM answered with a 14-2 charge to take a 22-19 lead with 5:00 left in the first half.
Miami went into the half with a 34-30 lead. The Hurricanes shot just 13-for-37 from the field, just 37 percent. UM dominated the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds compared to Virginia's three.
After a slow start, Miami was led by guard Guillermo Diaz's 10 points. Harris added six points, while King dominated the rebounding stat line—grabbing nine in the first half.
Virginia did not shoot any better. The Cavaliers were just 10-for-27 from the field, 37 percent. They were led by Reynolds 16 points, fueled off of four three-pointers. Brown scored seven points and had four rebounds.
After Miami jumped out to a 44-35 lead, Virginia fought its way back, cutting the lead to 48-45 with 10:35 left in the game.
Virginia was hampered by foul trouble in the second half. With seveb minutes left in the game, the Cavaliers had four players with four fouls.
Always staying within five points throughout the game, Virginia cut Miami's lead to two, 57-55 with 5:25 left in the game.
Freshman Raymond Hicks matched his career total of three-pointers Thursday night, hitting a team-leading two on the night.
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