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CORAL GABLES, Fla. ( – Playing an NCAA Tournament game on its home court for the first time in 24 years, the University of Miami women’s basketball team earned a thrilling 62-60 victory over FGCU Saturday evening at the Watsco Center.

Redshirt senior forward Keyona Hayes scored the final two of her game-high 16 points with 1.5 seconds left to give fourth-seeded and No. 16/16-ranked Miami (24-8, 10-6 ACC) the win over the No. 13-seeded Eagles.

“Faith,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said of how the Hurricanes were able to pull out the victory. “We talked about it before, during pregame . . . Faith is confidence with a little bit of patience, and I said we are going to need patience. It’s not enough just to be confident, there has got to be some trust and some confidence to that patience.”

After FGCU (26-9, 12-2 ASUN) jumped out to an 11-8 advantage at the first media timeout, Miami countered with a 6-0 run to go in front by three. The Eagles scored the final basket of the period and the Hurricanes led by one, 14-13, through 10 minutes of action.

Miami did not allow a point in the second period until there was 5:38 on the clock, making it a stretch of five minutes and 49 seconds during which it did not concede a point. The Hurricanes would go on to push their lead to 13, 28-15, with 3:30 to go before the break. FGCU closed the frame on a 7-0 run and Miami held a 28-22 edge entering the locker room.