Miami Storms From Behind to Beat St. Mary's

McClinton scores 40 as Hurricanes advance to second round
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 4:40 PM CDT
Miami center Anthony King reaches to shoot around St. Mary's center Omar Samhan (50) during the Hurricanes NCAA Tournament win today.    (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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(Newser) – Jack McClinton took it upon himself to make sure seventh-seeded Miami would be advancing in the NCAA Tournament today, reports the Associated Press. McClinton scored a career-high 38 points, including 32 in the second half, as the Hurricanes came from behind to beat St. Mary's, 78-64. Patty Mills led the Gaels, who were up 32-27 at halftime, with 24 points.

McClinton was the story, however, as he sparked a 25-5 run by the Hurricanes (23-10) early in the second half with 10 straight points. The Gaels (25-7) later pulled within eight, but McClinton calmly sank a 3-pointer to stall their run.  Miami, which was 12-20 a year ago and picked for last in the ACC this season, has won 8 of 11.