CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Guillermo Diaz scored a season-high 29
points and Miami snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-59
victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
Diaz scored nine of Miami's last 13 points, including a
three-point play that put the Hurricanes (15-12, 7-7 Atlantic Coast
Conference) up 64-52 with 2:29 to play. He was 10-of-14 from the
field, and the Hurricanes shot 51 percent.
"When I play real aggressive, it helps the team," said Diaz,
who scored 23 points in a 92-71 loss at Duke Sunday. "It's easier
when you're aggressive. You can do a lot of different things."
"Guillermo's had two great performances back to back," Miami
coach Frank Haith said. "He played really under control. We did a
great job of getting him the ball."
Miami was leading 16-14 when Anthony King sparked a 13-0 run by
scoring six consecutive points. The Hurricanes went ahead 27-14
when Diaz hit his third 3-pointer of the game with 7:45 left in the
Raymond Hicks' dunk with 7:13 left made it 29-14.
Virginia Tech never got closer than 11 points the rest of the
half as Miami took a 39-27 lead.
Miami shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half, and
Diaz scored 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from
"In the first (half), we weren't playing as hard as we always
do," Vassallo said. "We let them get in front of us real fast. We
had to play the catch-up game pretty much from the beginning of the
Virginia Tech played that game well in the second half, cutting
Miami's lead to 55-51 on a jumper by Deron Washington at 7:48, but
Miami went on a 6-0 run over the next 4:39, with Diaz scoring the
final four points of that run on driving layups.
"We just kept going to him," Haith said. "He made plays. He
had a couple plays where he got in the paint, and he was able to
finish and take a hit."
Virginia Tech shot 43.8 percent from the field for the game and
just 58.8 from the free-throw line.
"Our inability to make a free throw broke us," Greenberg said.