Miami Defeats Richmond to Advance to NIT Semis

Miami Defeats Richmond, Headed To NY

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Sheldon McClellan gave Miami its first lead of the game with 1:02 remaining and the Hurricanes rallied from 18 points down to beat Richmond 63-61 on Tuesday to advance to the NIT semifinals.

The Spiders led most of the game and used a pair of 3-pointers to spread out their lead to 36-18 early in the second half. But a streak of Richmond fouls and mostly accurate free throw shooting allowed the Hurricanes to slowly close the gap as Richmond's offense sputtered in the face of a withering Miami press.

McClellan scored seven straight points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and Davon Reed added two free throws for a 61-55 lead with 26 seconds left.

McClellan led Miami (24-12) with 16 points. Davon Reed had 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Hurricanes dominated the glass 47-32, with 17 offensive boards.

Richmond (21-14) was led by Terry Allen with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Noteworthy

* With the win, Miami will play at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which will be Coach L’s first appearance as a head coach in the World’s Most Famous Arena. He played in multiple times while at Providence, and was an assistant coach for Virginia when the Cavaliers won the NIT in 1980. Larrañaga’s final collegiate game as a Friar was played against UNC in 1971, an 86-79 loss for PC in the NIT Elite 8.

* After Tuesday’s victory, Miami is now 24-12 overall, tied for the second-most wins in school history. In 2012-13 Miami tallied 29 victories, and in 2001-02 the Canes posted 24 wins.

* Miami improves to 12-6 away from home this season, with eight road wins and four neutral site victories.

* The victory is Miami’s first win over Richmond, in the first meeting between the two teams.

* With 24 victories, Coach Jim Larrañaga has now posted two of the school’s top three best seasons, with 29 wins in 2012-13 and 23 in 2014-15. The other was 24 wins in 2001-02.

* Miami held Richmond to just four field goals over the final 12 minutes of the game. The Hurricanes also held the Spiders without a field goal for nearly six minutes.

* The Hurricanes outscored the Spiders 18-4 in second chance points.

* Miami outscored Richmond 25-10 over the final eight minutes of the game to rally back from an 18-point deficit with 16:51 to go in the game.

* The Hurricanes improved to 9-8 when trailing at the half. Miami trailed 30-18 at the half. Miami outscored Richmond 45-31 in the second half.

* Miami’s starters vs. Richmond: Manu Lecomte, Davon Reed, Sheldon McClellan, Ivan Cruz Uceda and Tonye Jekiri. The team is now (2-0) with this lineup.