Canes Hang on to Win 90-86 in 2OT Against the Terps
Feb. 2, 2012
Feb. 01, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – The Miami Hurricanes blew a 16-point second-half lead, had three players disqualified and still beat Maryland in double overtime Wednesday, 90-86.
Freshman Shane Larkin scored six points in the second overtime for the Hurricanes, who sank seven consecutive free throws in the final 51 seconds to hang on.
Sophomore Terrell Stoglin, who leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, had a career-high 33 points for Maryland but shot only 9 for 26.
Miami scored the first seven points of the second overtime, including two layups by Larkin.
The Hurricanes (13-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third game in a row. Maryland (13-8, 3-4) remained winless this season in four games on opponents’ courts.
Durand Scott scored a season-high 24 points for Miami and helped guard Stoglin. Scott also had eight rebounds and seven assists but fouled out late in the first overtime.
Miami center Reggie Johnson had 13 points but fouled out with 5 minutes left in regulation. The junior’s baskets included the first 3-point try of his career.
The Hurricanes were without starting forward Kenny Kadji, sidelined indefinitely because of a head injury suffered during practice Tuesday. When Johnson departed, Miami played with four guards for much of the rest of the game.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was ejected when he drew back-to-back technical fouls following a charging call on the Terrapins with 7:29 left.
The technicals led to a five-point possession for the Hurricanes. Malcolm Grant sank three free throws, and Johnson then added a basket to give the Hurricanes their largest lead, 62-46.
The Terrapins started their comeback with a six-point possession moments later when Johnson drew his fifth foul and a technical. The Hurricanes led 69-60 before failing to score in the final 3:12 of regulation, committing turnovers on three consecutive possessions.
Stoglin’s 3-pointer with a minute left made it 69-all. His jumper with 3 seconds left would have put Maryland ahead, but the ball barely hit the rim.
Teammate Pe’Shon Howard missed a long jumper at the end of the first overtime.
During warmups, Hurricanes officials said coach Jim Larranaga would miss the game because of flu-like symptoms that forced him to skip a shootaround earlier in the day. But moments before the pregame introductions, Larranaga walked onto the court and joined his team.
Mychal Parker scored on two early alley-oop dunks for the Terrapins, who led for much of the first half. But they missed their final six shots of the half, and Miami scored the last 10 points to go up 34-23.
The Hurricanes are 2-1 in overtime games this season, including a pair of double OT wins.
Miami had a big performance from Durand Scott who went 11-of-14 and recorded 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists – all season highs.
Shane Larkin has made 20 free throws in a row dating back to Dec 22, 2011 against Charlotte. He shot 6-of-6 from the line tonight. He also had three steals, two assists and 12 points for the night.
Senior guard Malcolm Grant has recorded 13 games making multiple threes this season. Tonight he knocked down a trio from downtown and added five free throws on his way to 14 points. He tacked on six rebounds, three assists and two steals in the game.
In the first half, Reggie Johnson made the first three point shot of his career. He ended the game with 13 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore Raphael Akpejiori knocked down the only bench points for the team in the first half with four, going 2-of-2 from the field. It’s the first time he’s scored points since Jan 10, 2012 against North Carolina.
Coach Jim Larranaga coached his team despite having flu-like symptoms. It’s believed to be true that he has never missed a scheduled basketball game.
Kenny Kadji will be out indefinitely after sustaining a head injury during practice on Tuesday, Jan. 31. He is averaging 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Hurricanes in league play.
With 7:29 left in the second half Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon was ejected from the game after arguing over a hard foul caused by Maryland’s Nick Faust.