Miami Defeats Maryland, Now 2-1 in ACC

Just when you thought the University of Miami men's basketball season couldn't get any more baffling, the ‘Canes made fans scratch their heads more with a 63-58 win at No. 25 Maryland Wednesday night to improve to 9-8 and 2-1 in the ACC.

It's the second ranked opponent the ‘Canes have defeated this season, yet they have suffered losses to the likes of Binghamton, Buffalo and Cleveland State and just this past Saturday blew a 17-point second half in losing to Wake Forest 59-58 at the BankUnited Center.

It marked Maryland's first ACC home opener loss since 2000 as they fell to 14-3 and 0-2 in the ACC.

But on Wednesday night, although it was far from pretty, the ‘Canes out dueled the Terrapins defensively in College Park, Maryland, coming away with a huge ACC road win.

In two separate big spans the ‘Canes defense together with horrific Maryland shooting kept the Terps from hitting a field goal. The ‘Canes held the Terps without a field goal for the final eight minutes of the first half as they went on a 14-4 run to close the half taking a 26-21 going into the break.

Freshman Dwayne Collins keyed the run scoring eight of the 14 points. He led the ‘Canes with 14 points, 12 rebounds and was constantly making plays down the stretch to keep Miami ahead late.

The defensive suffocation continued in the second half as the Terps didn't hit a field goal from the 9:35 mark of the second half until there were two seconds left in the game when D.J. Strawberry hit a lay up for the final margin.

The only reason the Terps stayed in the game is because of their free throw shooting in the final ten minutes as they were 18 for 20 from the stripe in the final ten minutes, including hitting 16 in a row at one point. They finished the game 26 for 35 from the line.

Strawberry, who entered the game averaging 16.2 points per game, finished with only 7 and was 1 for 8 from the field. He didn't score his first points until there was 2:45 to play on a pair of free throws which cut Miami's lead to 47-45, but the Terps would get no closer.

Maryland's starters combined to shoot 9 of 47 from the field and the team was a dismal 22.4% from the field.

At the same time, the ‘Canes weren't much better shooting an anemic 31.1% from the field, but they were usually the team that got to the loose balls off the numerous missed shots out rebounding Maryland 50-39.

Anthony Harris finished with a team high 15 points, but was only 3 for 11 from the field. However, he was 9 for 10 from the free throw line. Jack McClinton added 12 points, but again struggled from the field going 3 of 13.

Maryland was led by Mike Jones who finished with 17 points, but he was another one that couldn't find the broadside of a barn going 3 for 11 from the field.

Miami takes to the court again Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when it hosts Duke at the BankUnited Center.

Miami (9-8, 2-1) – Harris 15, Collins 14, McClinton 12, Asbury 7, Hicks 5, Dews 3, Clemente 3, Copeland 2, Graham 2. Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached by emailing him at rudy@canestime.comM

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