Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Sheldon McClellan scored 20 points as the Miami-Florida Hurricanes downed the Pittsburgh Panthers, 67-63, in an ACC tilt at the Petersen Events Center.
Tonye Jekiri registered a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Hurricanes (19-11, 9-8 ACC), who also received 19 points courtesy of Davon Reed. The win was the second in three games for Miami, which will close out its regular season slate on Saturday at Virginia Tech.
Michael Young led Pittsburgh (19-12, 8-9) with 22 points and seven boards. Jamel Artis supplied 14 points, while Cameron Wright and Sheldon Jeter scored 11 points apiece. James Robinson handed out a team-high six assists for the Panthers, who will look to snap their two-game losing skid at Florida State this weekend.
Pittsburgh took a 33-29 lead into the intermission after it knocked down 4- of-10 attempts from 3-point range and assisted nine of its 13 makes from the floor in the opening stanza. The Hurricanes were limited to 38.7 percent efficiency from the floor in the first half.
McClellan poured in 16 points and the Hurricanes converted 13-of-15 tries at the free-throw line to take control after the break. The Panthers hit on just 2-of-11 shots from beyond the arc and committed 10 personal fouls over the final 20 minutes of the contest. Miami led from the 6:59 mark of the second period until the final buzzer.
The Hurricanes enjoyed a 33-30 edge in total rebounds and outscored the hosts, 26-22, in the paint. Pittsburgh had won its previous five games at home.