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Miami (FL) 84, Georgetown 76
Posted: Friday March 08, 2002 01:06 AM
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NEW YORK (Ticker) Another extra session stopped Georgetown from playing again in the Big East Conference tournament.

Marcus Barnes scored five of his 27 points in overtime as 16th-ranked Miami rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half for an 84-76 quarterfinal victory over the snake-bitten Hoyas.

Georgetown (19-11) needed a victory to bolster its slim NCAA Tournament hopes and turned in an inspired effort. The Hoyas took their largest lead when two free throws by Harvey Thomas capped a 10-0 run for a 63-53 advantage with 7:44 left in regulation.

Miami (24-6) used strong play by Barnes and Darius Rice to force the extra session, then outplayed and outscored the Hoyas, 12-4. Georgetown made just 2-of-9 shots in the final five minutes and fell to 0-4 in overtime games this season.

"It was just a tough overtime," Hoyas guard Kevin Braswell said. "I dont know how many overtime games weve lost. A couple plays didnt go our way." "When we were down by 10, coach (Perry Clark) called a timeout," Barnes said. "We had long faces. We had to buckle down." Rice had been quiet for most of the night, but he came up big during a key three-minute stretch with his team down, 65-57, and 5:19 left in regulation. Rice nailed back-to-back 3-pointers before the Hoyas responded with three points for a 68-63 lead.

Rice followed by splitting a pair of defenders for a runner and added another 3-pointer that forged a 68-68 tie with 2:32 left and forced Georgetown to use a timeout. Rice emphatically enjoyed a chest bump with a Miami reserve after his third 3-pointer of the run.

"I was still in the game," said Rice, who scored 15 of his 18 points after halftime. "I wasnt worried. Shooters, if you make one, you want the ball every possession. So really, I wanted the ball after every possession after you make one." Braswell scored in the lane with 27 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 72-72 and each team turned over the ball. Miami guard John Salmons missed badly on a final shot as the game went to overtime.

Barnes put Miami ahead for good with a jumper for a 76-74 edge with just under three minutes left. He added a pair of free throws with 38 seconds to go for an 81-76 lead with 38 seconds to play and the Hurricanes secured a spot in Fridays semifinals against No. 7 Pittsburgh.

Barnes made 6-of-10 shots from beyond the arc and added seven rebounds. He had a pair of 3-pointers in an 11-2 run that gave Miami a 52-48 advantage with 12:42 left in regulation and helped hound Braswell into a 5-of-16 shooting effort.

"Marcus is capable of that," Clark said. "Hes got a lot of confidence and I thought he played well within himself. I thought he did a good job defensively against Braswell." Wesley Wilson collected 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgetown, while Gerald Riley nailed four 3-pointers for 15 points. The Hoyas were outrebounded by their smaller foes, 49-45, and commited 15 turnovers.

Georgetown fell to 2-5 in games decided by five points or less or in overtime. The Hoyas, who played a soft non-conference schedule that included four opponents from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and a Division III school, likely are out of the NCAA Tournament picture.

"I think we certainly played well enough to deserve a bid," Hoyas coach Craig Esherick said. "But I also know that I would have felt a whole lot better about the decision had we won this game." .

 


 
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