The University of Miami held off a late charge by host Cal State Fullerton, defeating the Titans 48-46 in the second round of the Wooden Legacy on Friday.
Fullerton’s Michael Williams missed a three-point shot with one second remaining on the clock, but the Hurricanes’ victory wasn’t official until Chris Collins’ putback rolled off the rim at the buzzer.
The victory sent UM into the tournament’s fifth-place game, which will be played Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The loss gave the Titans (2-5) a good idea of how good a team they can become.
The game featured tough defense on both sides, though the Canes were able to forge ahead to take a 23-17 lead at halftime.
The Hurricanes (4-3) started the second half with a 10-0 run, opening up a 16-point advantage. But even that wasn’t a safe lead against the pesky Titans.
Miami took its biggest lead of the game (17 points) with 8:34 left but seemed helpless to prevent the Titans from making their final run.
Fullerton scored 22 of the game’s final 29 points and came within inches of stealing the win.
UM’s James Kelly scored 10 points, including the Canes’ final three points. Davon Reed and Rion Brown finished with nine points apiece for the Canes but were a combined 8 for 22 from the field.
The Hurricanes made 42.9 percent of their shots and held the Titans to 35.4 percent shooting. UM finished just 3 of 10 from the free-throw line.
Williams scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting for Fullerton. Sheldon Blackwell added 13 points and six assists.
Dorian Finney-Smith made a free throw with 1.3 seconds left, lifting No. 15 Florida to a 67-66 victory against visiting Florida State.
Finney-Smith struggled all night from the field, missing 10 of 12 shots, but came up big in the clutch.
He grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed jumper by Scottie Wilbekin and got fouled on the putback. He missed the first free throw but gathered himself and sank the second for the Gators (6-1).
Florida State (5-2) had a shot to win it, but Ian Miller’s desperation heave from half court bounced off the back of the rim, just missing by inches.
Miller finished with 13 points and Boris Bojanovsky had 14 points for Florida State. Aaron Thomas added 12 points and Michael Ojo had 10 for the visitors.
Casey Prather led Florida with 19 points, and Michael Frazier II added 17. Finney-Smith finished with six points and 10 rebounds.