Miami rallies to a 55-51 victory over Morgan State
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)—Anthony King scored a team-high 11 points as Miami rallied for a 55-51 victory over Morgan State on Saturday.
The Hurricanes (5-0) outscored the Bears 9-0 in the final 4:28 and overcome a 51-46 deficit.
Brian Asbury’s steal and fast-break dunk with 2:30 remaining gave the Hurricanes their first lead 52-51 since midway through the first half.
Morgan State’s Boucabar Coly missed the front end of a one-on-one free throw opportunity with 1:15 remaining. The Bears’ Marquise Kately also missed the front end of a one-and-one with 40 seconds left. Asbury’s free throw with 20 seconds left increased the lead to 53-51.
The Bears had one final possession at tying or taking the lead but the ball rolled off Coly’s leg out of bounds on a drive to the basket.
Lance Hurdle’s two-free throws with five seconds remaining clinched the victory. Kately led Morgan State with 19 points and Jamar Smith added 17. The loss snapped Morgan State’s four-game winning streak, following a season-opening loss at Connecticut.
The Bears built a lead late in the first half and maintained it until the Hurricanes late comeback.
Smith’s 3-pointer with 7:47 remaining in regulation increased Morgan State’s advantage to 48-41. Miami played without leading scorer Jack McClinton. McClinton, who is averaging 14 points per game, sat out Saturday because of a sprained left thumb.
James Dews, who finished with 10 points, and Eddie Rios hit 3-pointers as the Hurricanes opened the game with a 9-0 run in the first 3:46. But the Bears outscored the Hurricanes 12-2 for their first lead in the following 3:58. Smith and Reggie Holmes each scored five points during the run. Smith’s field goal with 4:43 remaining in the first half capped an 8-0 run and increased Morgan States advantage to 26-22.