Miami Powers Past Morgan State 55-51
Nov. 24, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Anthony King scored a team-high 11 points as Miami rallied for a 55-51 victory over Morgan State on Saturday.
The Hurricanes (5-0) outscored the Bears 9-0 in the final 4:28 and overcame a 51-46 deficit.
Brian Asbury’s steal and fast-break dunk with 2:30 remaining gave the Hurricanes their first lead, 52-51, since midway through the first half.
Morgan State’s Boucabar Coly missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 1:15 remaining, and the Bears’ Marquise Kately also missed the front end of a one-and-one with 40 seconds left.
Asbury’s free throw with 20 seconds left increased the Miami lead to 53-51.
The Bears had one final possession to tie or take the lead, but the ball rolled off Coly’s leg out of bounds on a drive to the basket.
Lance Hurdle’s two-free throws with five seconds remaining clinched the victory, as the Hurricanes improved to 5-0 — their best start since winning 14 straight to open the 2001-02 season.
Kately led Morgan State with 19 points and Jamar Smith added 17. The loss snapped Morgan State’s three-game winning streak, following a season-opening loss at Connecticut.
The Bears built a lead late in the first half, and Smith’s 3-pointer with 7:47 remaining in regulation increased Morgan State’s advantage to 48-41. But a layup from Dwayne Collins sparked a five-point Miami run, and the Hurricanes would mount another six-point run — including two baskets off steals, to take the 52-51 lead on an Asbury dunk with 2:22 to go.
James Dews, who finished with 10 points, and Eddie Rios hit 3-pointers as the Hurricanes opened the game with a 9-0 run in the first 3:46. But the Bears outscored the Hurricanes 12-2 for their first lead in the following 3:58. Smith and Reggie Holmes each scored five points during the run. Smith’s field goal with 4:43 remaining in the first half capped an 8-0 run and increased Morgan State’s advantage to 26-22.
The Hurricanes return to the hardwood on Wed., Nov. 28, versus Alabama State (2-1) at 7:30 p.m.