Thursday, March 08, 2007

Miami Upsets Maryland [David Stefanini]

This from

Jack McClinton scored 17 points, Brian Asbury added 12 and the undermanned Hurricanes upset Maryland (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) 67-62 in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday.

The Canes may have been short a few bodies -- they dressed eight scholarship players because of injuries and a suspension -- but they outhustled and outworked the Terrapins for their fourth win in the last 14 games."This team has really found a way," said Miami coach Frank Haith. "I really, truly believe that there's going to be some good things happen for this ballclub, whether it be this year or next year, because of all the things we've had to go through."Miami nearly added to its mounting problems.

The 12th-seeded Hurricanes almost squandered a 15-point lead in the second half, but McClinton and Asbury combined to make five consecutive free throws in the final 34 seconds to snap the Terrapins' seven-game winning streak.

Seeing we are in the month of March you knew there had to be some upsets. The Hurricanes have had a miserable season in football and basketball, but for one day they gave themselves a little beam of light. I wouldn't expect the Hurricane's to win any more games this year. It's nice for those kids to go out and get a win like this, but I do not see it happening again.

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