BOSTON (AP) —Ky Bowman stole a rebound under the basket, drew a foul and hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left on Saturday as Boston College scored the last nine points of the game to rally for a 72-70 victory over No. 25 Miami.
The Hurricanes led 70-63 with 6:17 left– their biggest lead of the game — before missing their last nine shots and turning the ball over five times. Jerome Robinson had six of his 29 points down the stretch, and Bowman had the other three.
The victory snapped a 12-game losing streak against Miami for BC (15-10, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). It’s the Eagles’ second victory over a ranked team this season; they also beat then-No. 1 Duke on Dec. 9.
DJ Vasiljevic scored 17 for Miami (18-6, 7-5), which snapped a three-game winning streak. Coach Jim Larranaga didn’t have to watch in person: He came down with an illness just before tipoff and remained in the locker room, and associate head coach Chris Caputo subbed for him.
It was 70-all when Robinson missed a 3-pointer at the top of the key, and Miami’s Anthony Lawrence II grabbed the rebound. But Bowman grabbed the ball away and was fouled.
After he made both foul shots, Lonnie Walker IV’s desperation shot came after the buzzer (and was short anyway).
Miami took a 44-43 lead into halftime thanks to hot shooting in the first, including 8 of 16 3-pointers. There were 11 lead changes and 11 ties in the first, when the biggest lead by either team was four points.
There were scouts from 10 NBA teams listed on the seating chart, with the hometown Celtics sending seven representatives to the game. Among them was president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Miami: With a slim hold on the final spot in the AP Top 25, the Hurricanes will almost certainly fall out of the rankings.
BC: At the very least, the Eagles have established themselves as dangerous at home. They have beaten two ranked teams, including the top-ranked Blue Devils, and their two previous ACC games in Chestnut Hill went to overtime.
Miami: Hosts No. 2 Virginia on Tuesday at 9 p.m.
BC: At Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Tuesday.