Darius Rice capped a 43-point performance with a dramatic finish, stealing an inbounds pass and sinking a three-pointer at the final buzzer as Miami stunned 11th-ranked Connecticut, 77-76, last night in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Huskies appeared to clinch a victory when Ben Gordon made two free throws with 8.9 seconds left, giving him 32 points and his team a 76-72 lead.
However, Miami's Armondo Surratt drove for an uncontested layup with four seconds to go and an inbounds pass by Shamon Tooles was stolen in the corner by Rice, who made a shot as time expired.
A jubilant Rice sprinted the length of the court with his fists in the air as Hurricanes fans poured onto the court to celebrate.
"It was just one of those nights," Rice said. "The basket was as big as the ocean."
Miami (8-7, 1-3 Big East) broke a three-game losing streak, including an overtime loss at U-Conn. on Jan. 11. The Huskies (11-3, 2-1), beaten Saturday at North Carolina, have lost two in a row for the first time since Feb. 2.
Rice's career-best scoring performance tied for the third-highest in Big East history. He made 16 of 27 shots, including 7 of 12 three-pointers.
The junior is the nephew of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice, who will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
* OKLAHOMA 69, TEXAS TECH 64: Hollis Price made a shot at the buzzer to force overtime, then scored five of the No. 7 Sooners' nine points in the extra period to secure the home win.
Oklahoma (12-3, 3-1 Big 12) won its 32nd straight at home. The Red Raiders fell to 11-3, 1-2.
Price, who left the game briefly after getting hit in the face on a fastbreak, finished with 23 points and came through twice at the end of regulation. First, he got fouled on a three-point try with 22 seconds left and made all three free throws to tie it at 58.
* CREIGHTON 95, ILLINOIS STATE 82: Larry House scored a career-high 23 points and had eight rebounds as the No. 10 Bluejays won at home.
Creighton (16-1, 7-0 Missouri Valley Conference) won its sixth straight and swept the season series from the Redbirds (1-14, 0-7).