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Miami wins in overtime

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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 20, 2002


MIAMI -- This one came down to offense, and Miami had just enough of it.

MIAMI -- This one came down to offense, and Miami had just enough of it.

Darius Rice scored 32, including a basket near the end of regulation, and John Salmons and James Jones added 23 each Saturday, helping No. 24 Miami rally to a 102-96 overtime victory against the Friars.

The game turned into a shootout between Rice, a sophomore, and freshman Ryan Gomes, who had 31 points for Providence.

As it turned out, the Hurricanes had a few more options, with Salmons and Jones.

The Hurricanes overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and won for the second straight game in overtime, following Tuesday's 76-69 double-overtime victory against Pittsburgh. Providence got plenty of firepower from Gomes, but the Friars couldn't contain Rice, Salmons and Jones.

"This team has showed character and guts all year," UM coach Perry Clark said. "This was the most unselfish that we have played offensively in the second half. We're excited about the victory."

Miami surpassed last season's win total of 16 and remained in second place in the East Division of the Big East behind UConn.

Rice put Miami ahead 89-86 with a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left in regulation, but Abdul Mills hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

Rice's 32 points were a season high and three shy of his career best. He made 13 of 17 shots, hitting six 3-pointers.

"The team did a good job of finding me whenever I was open," Rice said. "They really did it for me."

FLORIDA A&M 72, MORGAN ST. 66: Demarcus Wilkins scored 19, including five free throws in the final minute, for the host Rattlers.

Florida A&M led by as many as 13 points in the second half and held off a late rally by Morgan State. The Bears cut the lead to three with 29 seconds left but could not get closer.

B-CC 96, COPPIN STATE 72: Maurice Riddick hit a school-record 11 3-pointers and scored 37 for the host Wildcats. Riddick hit 13 of 18 shots, including 11-for-14 from behind the arc. The junior guard came off the bench and was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers in the first half.

B-CC led 49-43 with 16:51 left when Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell was ejected after back-to-back technical fouls for arguing with a referee.

TAMPA 78, SAINT LEO 60: After trailing 38-36 at the half the host Spartans went on a 17-0 run in the second half to pull away.

JACKSONVILLE 74, TROY STATE 71: Junior guard Travis Robinson came off the bench to score a season-high 26 in 19 minutes for the host Dolphins.

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