Miami holds off Illinois 63-59 thanks to Shane Larkin’s clutch last-minute three
Illinois’ Fighting Illini took the fight to the two-seeded Miami Hurricanes Sunday in their second round match up in the Austin, Texas bracket. In the end, Miami’s sophomore star Shane Larkin hit a crushing shot to hold off the underdog Illini 63-59.
Miami advances to the Sweet 16 for a game against Marquette later in the week. The Chicago Tribune reports that this will be their first Sweet 16 appearance in 13 years.
Shane Larkin, son of baseball great Barry Larkin, has been leading Miami as the team’s point guard and top three-point shooter.
Illinois’ Tyler Griffey and Brandon Paul were primary scorers in the first half, and Paul finished the first half with a buzzer-beating layup that kept it close at 29-26 in favor of Miami.