Close losses have been the theme for Miami this season and Wednesday night wasn’t any different.
After Miami fought back from a 10-point deficit in the final 2 minutes to tie the game, Maryland guard Dez Wells hit a game-winning three with 3.5 seconds remaining to lift the Terrapins to a 74-71 victory, dealing the Hurricanes another heartbreaking loss in the process.
Miami trailed 71-61 with 1:34 left before going on a 10-0 run. Rion Brown hit two free throws to cut the deficit to eight and was then fouled on the next possession while attempting a three-pointer. He drained all three free throws to cut Maryland’s lead to 71-66.
The Hurricanes then immediately fouled Seth Allen, who proceeded to miss the first attempt of a one-and-one, and Garrius Adams grabbed the rebound and went coast to coast for a layup to pull the Hurricanes to within three points.
Allen then missed the first of a one-and-one again and Manu Lecomte found Brown for a three-pointer to tie the game at 71 with 19 seconds remaining.
Maryland went over two minutes without a field goal during Miami’s 10-0 run before Wells came down the floor and nailed the game winning three to hand Miami another single digit loss, its sixth of the season. Wells finished with a team high 21 points while Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz each added 15.
Brown had a game high 25 points and Lecomte scored 19 but it wasn’t enough for a Miami squad that just hasn’t been able to catch a break all season long.