After beginning the season 16-0, the young Deacons are just 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Miami (17-10, 6-8 ACC) had been in a freefall of late, losing six of their last seven, but got some clutch shooting from McClinton when it mattered most down the stretch. His third 3-pointer gave Miami a 60-55 lead and he added two free throws with 19 seconds left.
Virginia (9-15, 3-10) had won two straight at home, but failed to score after Jeff Jones' 3-pointer produced the eighth tie of the half at 55 with 3:51 remaining. The Cavaliers committed turnovers on three consecutive possessions after pulling even, causing them to fall behind.
Interestingly, yet again, a large number of students and fans came to the game disguised as empty seats.