Canes Advance Over Hoyas

Marcus Barnes scored five of his career-high 27 points in overtime, as 20th-ranked Miami-Florida rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat Georgetown, 84-76, in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference Tournament.

Miami (24-6) will face Pittsburgh in Friday's semifinals. The Panthers defeated Boston College in Thursday's first quarterfinal. Darius Rice added 18 points, while Elton Tyler and Rafael Berumen each scored 10 for the Hurricanes.

Wesley Wilson scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Hoyas (19-11), who posted a one-point victory over Providence in the opening round on Wednesday and will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Gerald Riley had 15 points, Mike Sweetney scored 14 and Kevin Braswell finished with 12 points for the Hoyas, who had their four-game win streak

A Barnes basket gave Miami the lead for good at 76-74 early in the overtime. He hit two free throws to extend the advantage to 81-76 with 38.4 seconds left and the Hoyas couldn't hit from long range near the end, as the Hurricanes held on for the win.

Georgetown finished just 8-of-28 from three-point range, after starting the game 6-for-14, while the Hurricanes hit 11-of-24 from beyond the arc. The Hoyas were just 2-of-9 from the field in overtime, and missed all five of their three-point shots.

Georgetown scored 10 consecutive points, as the Hoyas secured their biggest lead of the game, 63-53, with just under eight minutes left in the second half.

However, Rice scored 11 straight Miami points, bringing the Hurricanes back. He hit a trio of three-pointers, including one from the top of the circle to even the score at 68 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

Two free throws by John Salmons gave Miami a 72-70 edge, but Braswell hit a fallaway jumper in the lane with 26.7 seconds left to even the score.

Following a Georgetown turnover, Rice had a chance to give the Hurricanes the win in regulation, but his three-pointer missed everything.

Miami opened the game on a 9-1 surge. Nine straight points from the Hoyas later in the half gave Georgetown a 24-22 edge and the Hurricanes headed to the locker room with just a 35-33 advantage.

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