Fans storm the court as Miami Hurricanes upset No. 13 Michigan State
Wednesday night is exactly what Jim Larranaga envisioned when he took over the University of Miami men’s basketball program: Thousands of orange-clad students storming the BankUnited Center floor, chanting “A-C-C!,” hoisting up their sweaty Hurricane heroes and feathered mascot after upsetting No. 13 Michigan State 67-59.
The Goodyear blimp hovering overhead. ESPN cameras rolling. A traffic jam — yes, a traffic jam — on U.S. 1 and Ponce de Leon Boulevard heading into campus before the game. Scalpers skulking around the parking lots. A special section of seats for the 29 NBA scouts in attendance, among them former UM coach Perry Clark, now a scout for the Utah Jazz.
Larranaga said he soaked in the postgame scene and thought to himself: “This is what college basketball is all about. It’s about students getting involved. You’ll forget your chemistry test and your English paper. But you won’t forget running on the floor, being on TV, everybody around you is thrilled. This will be the buzz on campus [Thursday]. You’ll go to class and people will be saying, ‘Were you at the game?’ And if you say, ‘No,’ they’ll say, ‘Ohhhhh, you missed it.’ ”
Senior guard Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points and made five of his seven three-point attempts, including one that capped a 14-2 run at the start of the second half. That basket opened up a 41-33 lead for the Hurricanes and sent the crowd of 5,791 into a frenzy. The UM lead stretched to as many as 12 points (57-45) and then the Canes sealed the win with 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line down the stretch.