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March 10, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Malcolm Grant scored 16 points as Miami rallied from 10 down in the final minute of regulation to force overtime and down Virginia 69-62 in Thursday's first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Garrius Adams added 10 points for the ninth-seeded Hurricanes (19-13), who spent most of the second half struggling to make a shot before their frantic comeback forced the extra period. Once there, Grant hit three free throws while Adams had a crucial 3-pointer and Reggie Johnson added a pair of baskets to put Miami in control.
The Hurricanes advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to play sixth-ranked and top-seeded North Carolina as they try to repeat last year's surprising semifinal run as a No. 12 seed.
Mustapha Farrakhan had 14 points to lead the eighth-seeded Cavaliers (16-15), whose 20-2 run gave them a 50-39 lead with 2:12 left.
But Miami staged a rally as improbable as it was wild, particularly considering how poorly the Hurricanes had shot the ball through the second half.
Trailing 53-43 with 42.5 seconds left, Durand Scott hit a 3-pointer. Then Sammy Zeglinski missed a pair of free throws and Miami came back with another 3, this time from Grant to cut the deficit to 53-49 with 23.1 seconds left.
The Cavaliers turned it over in the backcourt and Julian Gamble (11 points) dunked home a basket on the inbound play to cut it to 53-51. Then Scott stole Jontel Evans' inbound pass under the basket and scored on a layup while being fouled to tie it with 13.9 seconds left.
He missed the free throw, but Zeglinski couldn't control the rebound as it bounced off his foot and out of bounds with 11.6 seconds left.
Grant lost the ball when it slipped out of his hands on a shot attempt, giving it back to Virginia with 1.3 seconds left. But again, the Hurricanes stole the inbound when Gamble jumped in front of Will Sherrill's pass near midcourt before missing a desperate heave at the horn.
Once in the overtime, the Hurricanes played confidently to steal a win that looked certain for the Cavaliers just moments earlier.
Miami missed 17 of its first 19 shots in the second half and had just 12 points through the first 19 minutes before scoring the final 10 points in regulation. The Hurricanes then hit all five of their shots in the overtime, including Adams' 3 that made it 61-57 with 1:56 left. Johnson's two baskets pushed that margin to eight while the Cavaliers could do little but watch this one painfully slip away.