Coupled with Florida State's huge upset over No. 1 Duke Wednesday, the ‘Canes are done unless they has a miracle performance in the ACC Tournament. Miami plays its season finale at home Sunday afternoon against Florida State, but even with two wins over the ‘Noles, it's unlikely the ‘Canes would get in the tournament ahead of the ‘Noles simply because Florida State just finished beating the top-ranked Blue Devils.
Once again though, Miami was in prime position to win another big ACC game, but as was the case against North Carolina State, North Carolina and Boston College, the ‘Canes faltered down the stretch.
After Miami took a 53-46 lead with 8:03 to play on a three-pointer by Anthony Harris, the ‘Canes scored just eight points the rest of the way as they took a plethora of jumpers rather than attacking as they had done to take the lead.
The Terps tied the game at 57 capping an 11-4 run with 3:09 to play on a pair of free throw by Ekene Ibekwe. Maryland took the lead after Gary Hamilton bricked the front end of a one-and-one with 1:56 to play.
That miss followed Hamilton passing up a wide-open ten footer just 30 seconds earlier.
James Gist hit a 15-footer with 50 seconds to play to give the Terps a lead they would not relinquish; however, Miami still had chances.
Harris had a chance to tie the game with 37.3 seconds to play, but missed the first of two free throws and was only able to cut the lead to one when he hit the second.
After a free throw by Sterling Ledbetter, an extremely questionable non-call cost the ‘Canes enormously. Ledbetter missed the second of two free throws. Anthony King chased the ball to the sideline. He gained possession and was falling out of bounds. It appeared he called a timeout, but the officials did not grant him the timeout and Maryland took possession with 27 seconds to play.
King also appeared to get shoved.
D.J. Strawberry hit one of two free throws to give the Terps a three-point lead, but Guillermo Diaz took an extremely ill advised three-point shot with 18 seconds to play that was blocked by Nik Caner-Medley.
Diaz tried to soar over three defenders, but with Strawberry and Ibekwe flying at him, Caner-Medley blocked the shot from behind.
Ibekwe hit one of two free throws before Robert Hite drained a three from the corner with 7.3 seconds to play. Hite led Miami with 18 points.
Ledbetter hit two free throws to push the lead back to three and fouled Diaz with 2.5 seconds to play to force him to the free throw line.
Needing to make the first one and miss the second, Diaz missed both free throws.
Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat is the Basketball Staff Writer with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com
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