No. 15 Miami 103, Villanova 82
Feb. 17, 1999
MIAMI (AP) _ Johnny Hemsley had 26 points and the 15th-ranked Miami Hurricanes scored 100 points for the first time in a Big East game, beating Villanova 103-82 Tuesday.
Tim James added 22 points for the Hurricanes (18-5 overall, 12-3 Big East), who set a school record with their 12th league victory, including five in a row. Miami shot a season-best 61 percent.
John Celestand scored 25 points and Howard Brown 19 for Villanova (18-8, 9-7).
Hemsley hit six of 10 3-point shots and reached double figures for the 18th consecutive game. Mario Bland had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, and Kevin Houston and Michael Simmons scored 10 points apiece.
Simmons' basket with 36 seconds left gave the Hurricanes 100 points. They last reached the milestone in a 101-97 double-overtime victory over Florida State in January 1990.
Miami's previous high in the Big East came in a 96-91 double-overtime victory over St. John's in February 1996. The Hurricanes joined the league in 1991.
Their best record previously in the Big East was 11-7 last season. Second-place Miami has three league games remaining, including a showdown Saturday at league leader Connecticut.
Celestand scored 10 points to help Villanova take an early 24-15 lead, but the Hurricanes forced six turnovers during a 12-0 spurt to go ahead 27-24. An 11-0 run, including six by James, put Miami in front to stay, 45-35.
The Hurricanes sank nine of their first 10 shots in the second half to build the lead to 70-49. They shot 65 percent in the second half.