Jan. 15, 2005
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – When Guillermo Diaz hit a 3-pointer for the Miami
Hurricanes, he pounded his chest and screamed taunts in an opponent’s face.
Later, with the game on the line, Diaz backed up his brash behavior. The
talented guard made an 8-footer with 8 seconds left to cap a comeback by
surprising Atlantic Coast Conference newcomer Miami, which won its third
consecutive league game Saturday, beating Florida State 64-63.
“I don’t feel any pressure,” Diaz said. “I know I can make plays at the
The Seminoles led for most of the game and were up by four points with 90
seconds left, but endured their 26th straight conference road loss.
After Miami forced a turnover on an inbounds pass with 34 seconds to go,
Diaz made a slashing, spinning move in the lane to beat four defenders, then
made the game-winner.
“Diaz is one of those once-in-a-lifetime-type players most coaches would
love to have,” Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said.
Florida State’s Anthony Richardson tried a 15-footer that fell short with 2
seconds left, and Anthony Harris rebounded for Miami to clinch the win.
The Hurricanes (12-3, 3-1) won for the 11th time in 12 games. Picked for
last place in the league before the season, they’re instead in the thick of the
race heading into a showdown at home Wednesday against No. 5 Duke.
“We know we’re a good team and can play with anybody in the country,”
guard Robert Hite said.
The Seminoles (9-8, 1-3) remained winless in road league games since March
2001. They lost despite a career-high 25 points by Von Wafer.
“This team does have a chance to develop into a pretty good team,”
Hamilton said. “The future is bright, but the ACC is an unforgiving league.
We’re going to really have to step it up a notch if we’re going to dig out of
this little hole we’re in.”
Diaz led Miami with 19 points and plenty of emotion. He sank a 3-pointer
over Wafer early in the second half, then pounded his chest and screamed in
Wafer’s face while retreating upcourt.
“Friendly talking,” Diaz said. “We do that just for fun to make the game
Wafer also talked trash to Diaz, and both players were admonished by the
“I tried to get in his head a little bit,” Wafer said. “That didn’t work.
… He’s mentally tough. He let his game speak. My game wasn’t strong enough.
So he won that battle.”
Hite scored 18 points for the Hurricanes, and William Frisby had 12 rebounds
to help give them a 41-31 edge on the boards.
“This team is growing up right before our eyes,” coach Frank Haith said.
The Seminoles scored nine straight points, five by Wafer, for a 55-52 lead
with 5 minutes left. Wafer’s 3-pointer made it 61-57, but Hite answered with a
3 to cut the lead to one.
Adam Waleskowski made two free throws for Florida State with 51 seconds left
for a 63-60 lead. Harris had a chance to tie the game with 37 seconds remaining
but made only two of three free throws.
Then came the costly turnover by the Seminoles. Waleskowski’s pass from
under the Miami basket led teammate Isaiah Swann too much, and the ball rolled
out of bounds next to the Hurricanes bench, prompting a roar from the crowd of
Diaz then made his move to give Miami the victory.
“Everybody knew he was going to take it,” the Seminoles’ Andrew Wilson
said. “He just made a great play.”