“Among the captains we said we can’t feel sorry for ourselves”, Reed said. “That game hurt but it’s in the past”-a missed opportunity in Chapel Hill that was redeemed in Coral Gables on Monday night, in front of a packed house”.
Reed’s two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining clinched the victory for Miami (22-5), which led by as many as 10 points in the second half.
“We know it’s getting closer to March and the postseason and we want to start playing our best ball”, Perrantes said.
Miami moved back into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference race with a 64-61 victory over Virginia as the Cavaliers dropped into fourth place while losing for the second time in three games.
“They dominated us, that hasn’t happened all year long”, coach Jim Larranaga said. Each would obviously benefit from a win in this contest tonight, the Hurricanes are 6-2 against Top 50 RPI teams, Virginia comes in with a 7-2 record against Top 50 teams. His 21 points were a career-high and despite Malcom Brogdon putting up 28 points, Reed’s ability to knock down the big shots whenever Miami needed it was the difference.
The lead again was pushed to five on a Tonye Jekiri free throw with:27 before intermission, but Malcolm Brogdon cut the lead to two after hitting a three-pointer.
Thornton, a freshman point guard, briefly left the Louisville game after falling on his shoulder in the second half. Jarred Reuter was big off the bench, adding 4 points and a spark of energy for the Cavaliers. Other than Brogdon, the Wahoos shot 13 of 40 from the field (32.5%).
A week after twisting his ankle, West Virginia (21-7, 10-5 Big 12) senior guard Jaysean Paige astounded the college basketball world by putting up a career-high 34 points to lead the Mountaineers over Iowa State (19-9, 8-7 Big 12) 97-87 at home Monday. His zero trips to the free throw line in six of the last eight games equates to points left on the table, but if Wilkins can successfully add a dribble attack dimension to his game, he’s poised to be an all-time great for the Cavaliers.
Brogdon went 12-of-18 from the floor and didn’t miss a shot in the second half until the final seconds of the game when his 3-point attempt hit the rim with 23 seconds left.
No. 25 Texas 71, Kansas State 70: Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points, including a three-pointer to all but ice the game with less than a minute to play, for Texas.
The Virginia Cavaliers look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games.
Kaylon Williams had 14 points and eight rebounds, Vionise Pierre-Louis scored 12 points and Maddie Manning added eight points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma (18-9, 9-7).
SC held Alabama (14-13, 3-11) to 28.6 percent shooting and outrebounded the Crimson Tide 58-31. UM averages 17.0 points per game at the line, and has posted a +10.3 scoring margin overall this season.
Shaquera Wade led the Tide with 11 points. Baylor won its 15th straight game and improved to 9-0 against ranked opponents this season.
Miami is 4-2 against teams in the AP top 25. Brogdon has 14 games of at least 20 points this season and he has climbed into 14th place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,626 career points.
With turnover-prone point guard Angel Rodriguez struggling and wings Sheldon McClellan and JaQuan Newton both fighting through injuries, Reed bailed out the Hurricanes.