Thursday, March 8, 2007

New Shoes Not Enough for Terps as 'Canes Win Shocker

Miami 67 - Maryland 62

Maryland played so poorly in the first half that coach Gary Williams ordered the team to change shoes at halftime. It almost worked as Maryland cut Miami's 15 point second half lead to 1 with 23.2 seconds left. Brian Asbury hit 4 free throws in the last 21 seconds to ice the game for the 'Canes.

Miami, led by Jack McClinton's 17 points will face second seed Virginia in the quarter-finals. Interestingly enough, the twelve seed has never lost in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. Wake Forest defeated Florida State 78-66 in last year's 5 vs 12 game.

Maryland never got on track in the first half, allowing Miami to open a 37-24 lead. The 'Canes out rebounded the terps by a 42-34 margin, including a 19 offensive rebounds on which Miami scored 20 points.

Miami shot a blazing 22 of 28 from the line, while Maryland struggled hitting only 15 of 26.