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Hurricanes Dealt First Loss

Nov. 23, 2004

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Thurman Zimmerman scored 17 points to lead South Carolina State to a 60-50 upset win over Miami on Tuesday night, the first loss for first-year Hurricanes coach Frank Haith.

Robert Hite pulled the Hurricanes (1-1), who trailed most of the game, to within 54-50 when he drained an off-balance 3-pointer with 2:29 left to play. Zimmerman responded by bulling his way in for a basket and a 56-50 Bulldogs lead with 1:01 remaining.

South Carolina State (4-1) hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

William Frisby had 18 points and Hite 17 for the Hurricanes, who were outrebounded 34-32 by the Bulldogs. Miami shot just 34.7 percent and had more turnovers (16) than assists (14) for the second time this season.

The Bulldogs led from the outset, and the Hurricanes tied the game just once, at 8-8. South Carolina State finished the first half on a 14-7 run to take a 31-21 lead into halftime.

In the second half, South Carolina State took a 12-point lead on a Zimmerman basket with 14:17 left, but the Hurricanes mounted a 14-2 run to pull within 48-45 capped by Frisby’s three-pointer with 8:20 remaining. Frisby scored 9 points during the run.

The Bulldogs responded with a 6-0 run, taking a 54-45 lead on a Brian Mason jumper with 3:43 remaining. Miami turned the ball over three times and missed four shots during that stretch.