CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes blew a 16-point second-half lead, gave up six points on a single possession, had two starters foul out and played the final 13 minutes with four guards. So it took them two overtimes to win.
Freshman Shane Larkin scored six points in the second overtime for the Hurricanes, who sank seven consecutive free throws in the final 51 seconds to hang on and beat Maryland 90-86 Wednesday.
“I didn’t know how exciting it is to be on the bench and cheer for others,” said Miami’s Durand Scott, who scored a season-high 24 points before fouling out. The Hurricanes (13-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third game in a row.
Terrapins’ sophomore Terrell Stoglin, who leads the league in scoring, had a career-high 33 points but shot only 9 for 26.
Maryland (13-8, 3-4) remained winless this season in four games on opponents’ courts.
Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga, ailing with flu-like symptoms, was expected to miss the game but walked onto the court shortly before tipoff. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was gone before the finish — he was ejected for drawing back-to-back technical fouls with 7:29 left in regulation.
Turgeon noted his team rallied after he departed.
“I wasn’t trying to get kicked out. I apologize for doing that,” he said. “Obviously it woke our guys up. We played
inspired. I just wish we would have got over the hump. It would have been a great win for us.”
Because of disqualifications, the Hurricanes were forced to go with four guards down the stretch. The lineup scored the first seven points of the second overtime, including two layups by Larkin.
Center Reggie Johnson scored 13 points before fouling out with 5 minutes left in regulation, and Scott was disqualified late in the first overtime. The Hurricanes were also without starting forward Kenny Kadji, sidelined indefinitely because of a head injury suffered during practice Tuesday.
“It was a big win for us,” Johnson said. “We stayed together — everyone from the walk-ons to the assistant coaches.”
With Larranaga ailing, assistant coach Eric Konkol had a bigger role on the bench.
“Let’s get a movie script on this one,” Konkol said. “It’s a great win spiritually for us. It shows a lot of resolve. We just
showed a lot of toughness.”
Scott shot 11 for 14 and had eight rebounds and seven assists.
He also helped contain Stoglin, who went 6 for 20 from 3-point range.
“I’m not going to stop the guy and make him score zero points,” Scott said. “I want to play him as hard as I can. If he
does have 20 points, make it be the toughest 20 points he ever got in his life.”
The technicals on Turgeon led to a five-point possession for the Hurricanes. Malcolm Grant sank three free throws, and Johnson then added a basket to give the Hurricanes their largest lead, 62-46.
The Terrapins started their comeback with a six-point possession moments later when Johnson drew his fifth foul and a technical.
Even so, the Hurricanes led 69-60 before failing to score in the final 3:12 of regulation, committing turnovers on three consecutive possessions.
Stoglin’s 3-pointer with a minute left made it 69-all. His jumper with 3 seconds to go would have put Maryland ahead, but the ball barely hit the rim. Teammate Pe’Shon Howard missed a long jumper at the end of the first overtime.
After Turgeon was ejected, he followed the game on the radio and received updates by phone and text messages.
“Everybody was just playing inspired,” Stoglin said. “Everybody was trying to win for coach. We felt it was unfair he got those technicals, so we were trying to win for him. We wanted to go back there and tell him we won the game. That would have been nice.”
Grant scored 14 points, Trey McKinney Jones had 13 and Larkin scored 12 for Miami. Alex Len had 11 points and seven rebounds for Maryland.
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