Monday, February 23, 2015

No. 12 Louisville Survives Scare from Miami (FL)

(12) Louisville 55
Miami 53

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - After struggling at the free throw line in a loss to Syracuse, Montrezl Harrell flew home and went to the gym.

The extra work paid off as his key free throws in the final minute gave No. 12 Louisville a 55-53 win over Miami.

Harrell finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead a Cardinals' comeback where they trailed by as many as 13. Louisville's preseason All-America forward made one of two in each of his first three trips to the foul line before hitting two free throws with 35.6 seconds left to put the Cardinals up for good.

''Don't think about your last miss,'' Harrell said of his approach. ''Step up there with confidence.''

Down 53-52, Louisville's Terry Rozier tipped Deandre Burnett's pass into the hands of Harrell with 55 seconds left. That set up Chris Jones' drive and pass to Harrell on the opposite end. He was fouled on a layup attempt before hitting the critical free throws.

''Just getting a fingernail on the ball wins the game,'' Louisville coach Rick Pitino said.

Burnett tried to dribble out of trouble on Miami's next possession but again turned it over, losing the ball to Harrell. Harrell was fouled with 10 seconds left and hit the first free throw for the game's final margin.

Jones added 14 of his 17 points in the second half for Louisville (21-6, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the win.

Sheldon McClellan scored 17 points and Tonye Jekiri added 13 points and 15 rebounds for Miami (17-10, 7-7).

Miami could have won on the final possession but Angel Rodriguez's 3 with three seconds left was short. The junior point guard finished 1 of 12 from the field.

''I thought it was a great shot,'' Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. ''He got it right in rhythm, right in transition, and he hits that shot a lot.''

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