Sunday, February 24, 2008

MIAMI 78, MARYLAND 63

Miami rolls along while Maryland appears to be mired in new funk.

Anthony King scored 14 points as surging Miami followed Wednesday's victory over No. 2 Duke by defeating Maryland 78-63. It was the Terps second straight loss after being upset at home mid-week by the Hokies.

James Dews finished with 13 points, while Jack McClinton, Dwayne Collins and Brian Asbury each scored 12 for the Hurricanes (19-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won four straight to get back into the NCAA tournament picture.

McClinton's 3-pointer with 3:03 remaining helped start a game-ending 17-5 run by the Hurricanes.

Eric Hayes led Maryland (17-11, 7-6) with 14 points. Landon Milborne and Greivis Vasquez each scored 13.

Miami has now defeated Maryland in five of the past six meetings between the teams.

Milborne hit two open 3-pointers in an 8-0 Maryland run early in the second half that tied the game at 44. But James Gist, the Terrapins' second-leading scorer at 15.8 per game, committed his fourth foul with 15:44 remaining and was forced to sit for nearly nine minutes -- and Maryland struggled.

The Terps went nearly 5 1/2 minutes without a field goal in one stretch with Gist out.

Eric Hayes, battling Miami's Anthony King for the ball, combined with fellow Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez for nine turnovers.

(Photo by Lynne Sladky/Associated Press Photo)

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