Hurricanes need overtime to beat Cavs
CORAL GABLES - Game on the line, maybe even the season on the line, and Miami freshman Rion Brown insisted he was feeling no pressure. And then he proved it, hitting perhaps the biggest shots of the Hurricanes' season. Brown made three free throws to tie the game with 13.7 seconds left in regulation, Adrian Thomas finished with career-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds and Miami beat Virginia 70-68 in overtime on Saturday. "It was nothing," Brown said.Oh, it was much more than nothing. A second-straight nail-biter - Miami beat Georgia Tech 59-57 on Thursday - gave the Hurricanes consecutive wins for the first time since late December. Virginia gave the Hurricanes plenty of help, fouling Miami shooters on 3-point tries twice in the final 39 seconds of regulation and misfiring on 13 of its 22 free throws. "We played well enough, certainly, to win that game," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "We defended well, we worked the clock, got shots at the end of the clock, scored, didn't turn it over, handled the pressure. Then to foul the 3-point shooters ..." "I don't know if there was a lot of contact," Bennett said. "But that's a hard way to lose a basketball game."Thomas added to his day of career-bests by making six 3-pointers for the Hurricanes (14-9, 3-6 ACC). Reggie Johnson scored 16 and Malcolm Grant added 11 for Miami. Mustapha Farrakhan scored 20 for Virginia (12-11, 3-6). Joe Harris scored 18 for Virginia, but missed two free throws with his team down 68-66 with 5.8 seconds left in overtime. In its past four games, Virginia is 30-for-60 at the foul line. The Cavs had shot 71 percent for the season until that stretch. "We've been in games where we've won it because of our free throw shooting," Bennett said. "But the last few have cost us." Virginia's defense frustrated Miami for the first 39 minutes. In the last minute of regulation, the Cavaliers only frustrated themselves. Leading by five with 38.9 seconds left, Virginia's ungluing began when Grant was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Farrakhan. Grant made the last two of the ensuing three attempts, and the Hurricanes were within 53-50.