MIAMI (Ticker) -- Justin Hamilton made a free throw with six seconds left in double overtime as 13th-ranked Florida avoided an upset with a 94-93 victory over Miami in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Before Hamilton's foul shot, the game was tied nine times after regulation. The Sarasota native was happy to receive so much support from the crowd.
"It was like a home game," Hamilton said. "It was a great atmosphere. Of course, it was mutually exciting to play Miami because I am an in-state guy. It is always great to play here."
In the first overtime, freshman Anthony Roberson sank 1-of-2 free throws to give Florida an 83-81 lead with 16 seconds left. But James Jones made a layup 12 seconds later to force another extra period.
David Lee made a layup with 64 seconds left in the second overtime to put the Gators in front, 93-91, but Jones replied with a jumper with 34 seconds to go.
Miami's Armondo Surratt fouled Hamilton, who hit the first free throw before Florida called timeout. Hamilton missed the second attempt, but Surratt's 3-pointer hit the backboard with one second left.
Hamilton drilled four 3-pointers and scored 15 points and freshman Matt Walsh set season highs with 33 points and 11 rebounds for Florida (8-2), which has won four in a row against intrastate foes.
"(Walsh) is a great freshman, but the best thing about Walsh is that he is a great competitor," Gators coach Billy Donovan said. "He is fearless in a good way and they (Walsh and Roberson) step up and make plays."
The Gators are 4-1 in the Orange Bowl Classic and 26-2 in December over the last three seasons.
"It will be in the paper tomorrow, but the following day no one will remember it," Donovan said. "But I am happy that tonight's game boosted the local hype of the state's talent. I am appreciative of the local support of the game tonight. I am thankful to pull out a win for everyone."
Darius Rice scored 32 points and Jones - who spent Friday night in a hospital with a stomach virus - had 26, but Miami (4-4) lost to Florida for the 13th time in the last 14 meetings. The Hurricanes, who lost for the first time in five home games, have dropped four of their last five overall.
"It was a great college game," Miami coach Perry Clark said. "For the fact that James Jones was in the hostpital last night with a stomach virus and an IV and then came out to play like that is tremendous."
"I couldn't stop because I was sick," Jones said. "Because we had a game today, that was the most important thing to me in my life. I started feeling a little better and then game time came around and it wasn't about being sick. It was just time to play."
A basket by Walsh put the Gators on top, 58-48, with 10:13 before the Hurricanes outscored them, 24-14, the rest of the half. Walsh converted two free throws with 40 seconds to go in regulation, but Rice connected on a 3-pointer 11 seconds later and Roberson missed a shot from beyond the arc.
Matt Bonner added 16 points and tied a season high with 12 rebounds, Roberson chipped in 13 points and Lee 11 for Florida, which shot 57 percent (29-of-51) from the field, including 11-of-21 from 3-point range.
Rice came up with six steals and Surratt had 13 points and nine assists as the Hurricanes shot 49 percent (34-of-69) and were outrebounded, 33-29.