New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Sheldon McClellan registered a double- double consisting of 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Miami-Florida Hurricanes slipped by the Temple Owls, 60-57, in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
McClellan, the only player in double figures for the Hurricanes (25-12), shot 5-of-12 from the floor and knocked down a pair of attempts behind the 3-point line for a squad that was 6-of-21 from the perimeter on the evening.
With the victory the Hurricanes are into the championship game of the tournament on Thursday night and will face the Stanford Cardinal for the title.
The Owls (26-11) were led by Obi Enechionyia who delivered a game-high 17 points, to go along with eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Will Cummings pitched in with 11 points, but he converted a mere 3-of-15 from the field as Temple shot a dreadful 30.2 percent from the floor and 2-of-19 behind the 3- point line overall.
A basket by Quenton DeCosey at the 4:10 mark of the first half gave Temple a 27-16 advantage, but a 9-0 run by the Hurricanes cut the deficit to just two points with a little over one minute remaining before halftime. Luckily, the Owls responded with a jumper by Jesse Morgan and a Cummings free throw to push the lead out to five at the break, 30-25.
The Owls opened the second half just 3-of-17 from the floor, yet still held a six-point lead about six minutes into the period. However, poor shooting continued to plague Temple the rest of the way, sending the team to a 56-51 deficit in the final minutes.
The Owls simply could not buy a basket from behind the 3-point line, with a triple by DeCosey at the buzzer bouncing out as Miami secured the 3-point win.
Temple remained competitive by pulling down 22 offensive rebounds, twice as many as Miami, and turning the ball over just six times.