Miami Uses Final Push, Defeats Texas-Arlington 76-65
Nov. 13, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) – The Miami Hurricanes regained their momentum in the final 6 1/2 minutes after almost squandering a 25-point lead, defeating Texas-Arlington 76-65 on Sunday in an opening round game in the Black Coaches Association tournament.
Guards Robert Hite and Guillermo Diaz led the Atlantic Coast Conference Hurricanes with 17 and 16 points, respectively, while 6-foot-10 forward Gary Hamilton came off the bench to get 10 points and nine rebounds.
The long and athletic Hurricanes (1-0) dominated the game from the beginning and stretched their lead to 45-20 in the first 1:17 of the second half before the Mavericks (0-1) came storming back.
They went on a 22-2 run to cut their deficit to 47-42 on a fastbreak layup by Jeremy Dewalt with 8:15 gone in the second half. They cut Miami’s lead to 52-49, 54-51 and 56-53 before the Hurricanes retook control.
In the final 6:22, Hite had seven of Miami’s final 20 points, sinking a 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup.
Senior guard Jarrett Howell led Texas-Arlington with 19 points and freshman forward Anthony Vareern had 14 points.
The first half was all Miami.