Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

False Alarm Helps to Keep Miami Loose

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

False Alarm Helps to Keep Miami Loose

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The Miami Hurricanes turned an unplanned fire drill into an impromptu party.

A fire alarm forced the team to evacuate the arena during practice Saturday. Once outside, the Hurricanes started dancing and having a good time.

"We made the most out of it," guard Trey McKinney Jones said. "[Massive post player Julian Gamble] was out there rapping, we were just having fun. Being brothers, like we really are."

That's exactly what coach Jim Larranaga likes to see, though he might be having more fun than any of his players with the Hurricanes one victory away from getting into the Sweet 16.

"I told the players before the tournament began that I was going to have more fun than any other head coach and I wanted them to have more fun than any other team," said Larranaga, the second-year Miami coach who took George Mason to the Final Four seven years ago.

"Nothing was going to bother me," he said. "There would be no complaining."

Not even after being interrupted during their allotted 90-minute closed practice at the Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus.

McKinney Jones said the team didn't know whether to leave or not when the alarm went off. But a security guard came to escort them out of the building, and they stayed outside for about 25 minutes before going back in to resume practice. The alarm was apparently triggered by a minor mechanical problem.

"We have had a lot of firsts this year and today we had another first," Larranaga said. "But the neat part about our Miami players is they kept everything in stride and had a good time outside, just hanging out with each other and talking and getting ready. ... But we had a very good practice."

Tempers flare for Spartans

Michigan State guard Keith Appling hurt his right shoulder with 8:35 left in the Spartans' 70-48 win against Memphis. He left the court about a minute later, and didn't play again. Before Appling was hurt, he had a towel thrown at him by behemoth forward Derrick Nix, his teammate since high school, in a heated huddle during a timeout. "It was just miscommunication with the ball screen and stuff, so we went at it," Nix said. …

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