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State 64, Miami 72

March 9, 2009

Bad things happen when you go 12:22 seconds without a bucket. That’s just what happened as State watched a 42-36 lead at the 13:22 mark in the second half evaporate over the course of 12 straight missed shots until Javier Gonzalez’s three with 1:00 left. At that point it was 56-63 Miami, and State’s chances of a road win were dashed.

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Neither team shot the ball well, including Miami’s megaweapon Jack McClinton who finished three of 15 from the field. Trevor Ferguson — starting in place of the injured Courtney Fells — did a solid job of staying in front of McClinton for most of the game. Miami’s senior guard finished with 24 for the game, but 16 of those came from the foul line at the end of the game.

Turnovers were again an issue — 15 for the Pack against Miami’s five. Javi played well at the point, with four assists and two TOs, but he stepped up offensively big time, leading all of State’s scorers with 19.

With the loss, State finishes 6-10 in the conference and in sole possession of 10th place. State will face Maryland, the seven seed, Thursday evening at 7:00 in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

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