Your Miami Hurricanes lost a one point nail biter to Florida State 61-60 at the Bank United Center in the final regular season gameof the 2009-10 season.
On a gloriously sunny South Florida Saturday afternoon Seniors Dwayne Collins, James Dews and Cyrus McGown were honored before the game for their contributions during Senior Appreciation Day ceremonies. All three will be graduating from UM after this season.
It would be Collins' absence due to injury that the Hurricanes would miss most in what would turn out to be just another close miss for this UM team. The Senior forward had led Miami in scoring throughout the season as the inside presence to compliment Freshman guard Durand Scott's outside game. The Hurricanes will need to find a replacement for Collins in particular, along with the three-point shooting Dews, as both will be missed next year.
Miami trailed the entire game mostly by double digits before they closed the deficit with a late second half surge. They eventually tied the game at 58 points with a minute left before they missed several excellent opportunities to pull off the upset of the Seminoles who are fighting for an ACC title and possible NCAA tournament birth.
James Dews missed two clear looks at consecutive three point shots during the last minute and the Hurricanes could not convert with the ball and 5 seconds left on an inbound play. Dews cut under the basket and looked open for an easy two but the ball went outside and eventually to Scott who missed a wild floating runner as time expired.
Head Coach Frank Haith's squad finished the regular season with a 18-12 overall record and 4-12 in the ACC as they now limp into the conference tourney as the 11th or 12th seed.
It would appear that Miami's only hope is to play spoiler for one of the contenders for the ACC crown. Well that and next year...