On the next possession, Jack McClinton finally got his first NCAA tournament points when we made a lay-up. McClinton added 4 more points in the half , but the Gaels stayed in control and took a 32-27 lead into the half.
The Canes entered the half down 5 and then Jack McClinton took over like he has all season. The Miami shooting guard poured in 32 second half points and was the catalyst in a 25-5 Miami second half run that gave the Hurricanes a 14 point lead. The Canes were up 52-38 and the result was never in doubt after that point.
St.Mary's was able to get it as close as 67-59 and then McClinton fired in another 3 that was the dagger in St. Mary's tournament appearance. McClinton was sensational as his career high 38 points came on 12 of 18 shooting. He rebounded from a frustrating ACC tournament and showed the rest of the country why he earned All-ACC honors for his play this season.
James Dews and Jimmy Graham each added 9 points. Senior Anthony King and junior Lance Hurdle each added 7 points. Jimmy Graham's 9 points do not tell the story and he has a major factor in the Canes victory. The junior power forward had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks and dominated the paint when he was in the game.
*The Canes had several players battling flu like symptoms through out the week. Jimmy Graham, Jack McClinton, and Brian Asbury were held out of practices because of it.