Posted March 25, 2013 on AP on Fox
Illinois senior Brandon Paul took one last 3-pointer. When the ball bounced off the rim as time ran out, Paul put his head down and stared at the floor. After halfheartedly shaking hands with the victorious Miami players, Paul pulled his Illini jersey over his head as he walked off the court. Miami got Shane Larkin's go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left and a close call after that - getting a ball that appeared to ricochet off the hands of Hurricanes post player Kenny Kadji - for a 63-59 victory over the Illini on Sunday night to the NCAA round of 16. ''You saw the same video I did,'' Illinois coach John Groce said. He added, ''hard game to officiate ... 50-50 calls are hard sometimes.'' In postgame news conference, Groce cut off any questions about the play to his players. ''When the clock hit zero, it kind of just hit me faster than I thought it would that that was the last game of my college career,'' Paul said. ''We made plays and it put us in position to be successful. Mi...
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