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No. 6 Penn State loses 1st of year, 69-65 to Miami

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012

Woods' 3-point play with 35 seconds left gave the Hurricanes a 65-62 lead. Woods finished with 11 points.

"This win means a lot," Stroman. "I knew coming in that they were going to be a great team."

Lucas hit a 3 to tie it with 23 seconds remaining.

Bentley's layup with 8:47 remaining in the second half gave the Lions their first lead at 51-49. Lucas' two free throws with 8:22 left increased Penn State's lead to 53-49 and ended a 10-0 run.

Miami responded with a 3-pointer and jumper from Yderstrom and a layup by Stroman in the next 3:01 and retook the lead, 56-53.

Penn State rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the first half and outscored Miami, 13-4, during a 5:03 stretch.

Bentley's short jumper with 5:35 remaining pulled the Lions to 24-23.

The Lions twice tied it but couldn't overtake Miami in the first half. After Mia Nickson's basket with 2:00 left tied it at 29, the Hurricanes finished the first half on a 7-0 run. Woods' driving layup with 15 seconds remaining ended the surge and gave Miami at 36-29 lead at halftime.

The Hurricanes forced nine Penn State turnovers in the first 4:25 and opened an 8-0 lead. Stroman's two baskets keyed Miami's early surge.

"We were resilient and we did it with our defense," Meier said. "Those two kids, Lucas and Bentley, they had to work for every point they got."