A lead was slipping away, three Miami players had fouled out and another starter was on the bench with an injured wrist.
Somehow, the Hurricanes remained unfazed.
Jack McClinton finished with 22 points, Anthony Harris added 21 in his best game of the season and the guards each had four points in the final 63 seconds to help the Hurricanes beat No. 21 Georgia Tech 90-82 on Sunday night.
"That was a gutty win," Hurricanes coach Frank Haith said. "We had a lot of guys step up. We had a lot of adversity in that game. ... We just found a way to piece it together."
Dwayne Collins had dunks on consecutive possessions in the final minutes for the Hurricanes (5-3, 1-0), whose eight-point lead with 5:05 left was whittled to 77-75 when Lewis Clinch hit two free throws less than two minutes later.
But the Yellow Jackets (6-2, 0-1) missed their next four shots, Collins dunked on consecutive trips, and the Hurricanes held on to stay perfect (4-0) at home.
Clinch scored 22 for the Yellow Jackets.
Brian Asbury had 16 points and Raymond Hicks added 11 before fouling out for the Hurricanes, and center Anthony King sat out the second half after aggravating a wrist injury.
NOTRE DAME 81, NO. 23 MARYLAND 74: Kyle McAlarney scored a career-high 18 and keyed a decisive second-half run for the Irish at the BB&T Classic in Washington. The Irish made 10 straight shots, including five 3-pointers, during a 25-7 run. The Terrapins (8-1) got no closer than six the rest of the game.
NO. 25 VIRGINIA 67, N.C. STATE 62: Sean Singletary hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1:03 left for the Cavaliers (5-1, 1-0). J.R. Reynolds and Will Harris scored 14 apiece for the Cavaliers. Singletary added 11 points and nine rebounds.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 63, VA. TECH 62: Carl Elliott hit two free throws with seven seconds left to lead the Colonials (5-1) at the BB&T Classic in Washington. The Hokies (4-3) had a chance to win with 1.7 seconds left, but A.D. Vassallo missed a shot as time ran out.
NO. 20 UCONN 106, TEXAS SOUTHERN 55: A.J. Price scored 20 and Hasheem Thabeet tied a Huskies record with 10 blocks. Jerome Dyson added 19 points and Doug Wiggins had 17 for the Huskies (7-0). Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center, tied the block record held by Donyell Marshall and Emeka Okafor.
NO. 2 PITT 74, AUBURN 66: Aaron Gray scored 16, grabbed 12 rebounds and made two key plays late for the visiting Panthers (8-0), who had most of a late 13-point lead wiped out and missed six straight free throws over the final 1:31. But Gray grabbed a rebound after one of the missed free throws and laid it in, then blocked a shot. Pitt has won 19 consecutive nonconference games.
NO. 1 UCLA 61, UC RIVERSIDE 38: Arron Afflalo scored 13 for the Bruins, who are 6-0 for the first time since they won the 1995 national championship. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins, who ended their first week as the nation's top-ranked team in 11 years.
NO. 24 NEVADA 77, CAL 71: Ramon Sessions scored eight straight in the final minutes for the Wolf Pack (7-0) in the Pete Newell Challenge in San Jose, Calif. Marcelus Kemp scored 20 and Sessions finished with 19 - including 13 in the final four minutes - as the Wolf Pack survived the Golden Bears' second-half rally, which erased a 14-point deficit.