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Beyond the Boxscore: UM-Maryland

Frank Haith opened his post game press conference with the same thought everyone in the room had: "What a game." He was right. No team in UM history -- at least since 1991 -- had mounted a bigger comeback than the Canes did in their 62-60 win over Maryland, rallying from 17 down with a little over 12 minutes to play.

> GAME BALL: Who else? Jack McClinton. Maybe the greatest news aside from the fact Jack_mcclinton_2the Hurricanes are now 2-1 in ACC play was that McClinton showed us he's still McClutch. Although McClinton has had some pretty good games this season (he put up 27 against UConn and 24 on the road at Kentucky), tonight was the first time all we really got to see him perform like the player who comes to life late in games and tears the heart out of opponents with big shot after big shot. McClinton did it plenty through the 2007-08 season. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia and St. Mary's all got a taste of it. And Miami likely wouldn't have made the NCAA Tournament without those performances. Wednesday, with Miami trailing 60-59, McClinton asked for the ball and delivered again.


> PLAY OF THE GAME: For all the big shots McClinton made, Lance Hurdle actually takes home the honors. Hurdle stripped the ball clean from Adrian Bowie with a little over a minute to play to give UM its first lead at 60-59. Hurdle finished with 10 points and three assists in 28 minutes. He also was one of the three players to hit key three-pointers during Miami's comeback. James Dews deserves a pat on the back for his eight points.

> TALKING STRATEGY: The Hurricanes didn't do anything special to aid their comeback other than hit some big shots. It was actually Maryland coach Gary Williams who deserves credit for putting together a great game-plan. Despite being undersized, he took Dwayne Collins (6 points on five shot attempts) completely out of the game by double-teaming him in the post and forcing him to pass out of it. Williams turned UM's one strength and made it irrelevant and for 30 minutes, he used his team's speed to get into the frontcourt for easy baskets.

> KEY STATS: After turning the ball over 10 times in the first half, UM cleaned up its act in the second, turning it over only twice. Other than that, Maryland dominated Miami with points in the paint (32-16), points off turnovers (14-8), and fast break points (15-2).

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