Miami backcourt trips up Maryland
Coral Gables, FL (Sports Network) - Robert Hite scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, as Miami-Florida upset 14th-ranked Maryland, 84-70, at the BankUnited Center.
Anthony Harris also contributed 22 points, hitting a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range, and Guillermo Diaz poured in 21 points and dished out nine assists, as the Miami backcourt tallied 65 points.
Anthony King gave Miami (9-6, 1-1 ACC) a semblance of an inside game with eight points and nine rebounds as the Hurricanes won their second straight contest.
Nik Caner-Medley paced Maryland (11-3, 1-1) with 19 points and D.J. Strawberry added 14 points in the loss.
Travis Garrison chipped in 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting for the Terrapins, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.
Maryland got within one, 44-43, early in the second half, but had no answer for Miami's backcourt.
Harris drained consecutive three-pointers, Diaz scored five points and Hite capped a 13-5 run with an athletic move and punctuating slam to stake Miami to a 57-48 lead.
Hite's shot-put heave from the top of circle gave Miami a 65-54 edge with 9:28 remaining and typified a day in which the Hurricanes could do no wrong from behind the arc.
The Hurricanes made 12-of-19 shots from three-point range for the game.
Seven straight points -- all by the backcourt -- increased the advantage to 16 moments later. A layup by Harris, a jumper by Diaz and Hite's trey opened a 72-56 edge with 6:32 to play.
Maryland didn't threaten the rest of the way.
The Hurricanes stormed out to a 13-0 lead only four minutes in. The fourth- worst long-distance shooting team in the conference buried its first three treys, including two by Harris.
Garrison's free throw finally got the Terps on the scoreboard with 15:49 left in the half and Caner-Medley's three-pointer minutes later capped a 15-6 scoring streak that trimmed the deficit to 19-15.
Miami cooled off considerably for the rest of the half, but maintained a four- point halftime lead, 37-33. The backcourt of Diaz and Harris combined for 18 points and Caner-Medley led the Terrapins with nine points.
Garrison scored six straight points for Maryland and his short jumper in the lane cut Miami's lead to 44-43, but the Terrapins never seized the advantage.
Miami holds a 6-4 edge in the all-time series...The Hurricanes improved to 7-1 at home...Things don't get easier for Maryland, as it travels to top-ranked Duke on Wednesday...Miami will also make the trip to the Triangle, visiting North Carolina on Thursday...The Hurricanes improved to 9-0 when holding the lead with two minutes remaining in the contest...Miami shot 47.5 percent from the floor and Maryland made 47.1 percent of its shots.MARYLAND MIAFLA