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The expected slowdown with a double-digit lead also didn’t help the Terps, who flourished when they created transition opportunities in the first half. By the closing minutes, those opportunities vanished.

“I’m not really sure why,” forward Landon Milbourne said. “We just didn’t move the same. We were kind of sluggish out there. That’s what Coach was saying. We just have to learn how to keep playing hard, no matter what. Regardless of whether we’re tired, the game’s not over, so we have to push through.”

The Terps failed to do so. James Dews finally gave Miami its first lead at 59-58, and Maryland’s only response was Hayes’ two foul shots with 41.4 seconds left.

Still, McClinton was there to work his usual magic. In the process, he dealt a crushing loss to a Maryland team that came so close to remaining unbeaten in the ACC.

“It’s brutal. I wish we could have played the whole 40 minutes, and it would have been a phenomenal win,” Maryland forward Dave Neal said. “Things didn’t go our way, and we didn’t execute our offense the way we did in the first 30 minutes. They got hot, we didn’t play as good a defense and they got the win.”