Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 15th)
Final Score: (9) Miami-Florida 69, Boston College 58
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Shane Larkin scored 20 points and Kenny Kadji chipped in 15 with 11 rebounds, as ninth-ranked Miami-Florida fought off a stiff challenge from Boston College and claimed a 69-58 victory in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
Trey McKinney Jones added 12 points for the Hurricanes (25-6), who closed the contest with a 14-3 run. Miami captured the top seed in the tournament for the first time after winning the regular-season crown outright and will next faced fifth-seeded North Carolina State in Saturday's semifinals.
Patrick Heckmann led Boston College (16-17) with 15 points, while Ryan Anderson and Olivier Hanlan each finished with 14. Hanlan made just 2-of-3 from 3-point range after blistering the nets with eight threes and 41 points in Thursday's 84-64 first-round win over Georgia Tech.
A three by Heckmann with 3:23 remaining tied the game at 55-55, but Durand Scott hit a pair from the line to break the deadlock and Boston College was unable to answer on its next two trips.
After a turnover by Hanlan, Larkin drilled a three for a 60-55 edge with 1:49 left and another miscue by the Eagles led to a Rion Brown basket for a seven- point margin.
"I think it was the mental breakdown at the end of the game. I don't know if it was mental fatigue, but we messed up on rotations and finishing things and making free throws, so a lot of the things they beat us on at the end."
Hanlan's last three pulled BC within 63-58 with 37 seconds remaining, but the Hurricanes sealed it with a couple of easy baskets from there.
Miami certainly looked like the top seed early, scoring the first five points and building a 13-2 lead five minutes into the contest. A three by Larkin with 7:48 remaining in the first half gave the Hurricanes a 21-8 cushion, but Boston College stormed back.
Lonnie Jackson buried a three to ignite a half-closing 19-4 run. Miami went without a basket for six minutes as a Hanlan jumper tied the game at 23-23. A Scott jumper ended the Hurricanes' drought with 1:11 left, but the Eagles scored the final four points to grab a 27-25 edge at the break.
"We could have easily got down on ourselves and fussed between each other but we stuck together and that's something I think we have been taught over the year is to stay together," Larkin said.
BC led by as many as five early in the second half, the last time coming at 42-37 after a three by Jackson. Miami answered with the next eight -- four apiece from Scott and Larkin -- to grab a 45-42 edge with 11 1/2 minutes to play and it remained close until the final minutes.
Scott finished with nine points ... Miami held a 32-24 rebounding advantage ... Larkin made 4-of-9 from 3-point range ... The Hurricanes won all three meetings with the Eagles this season ... The ACC's top seed is 36-2 against the No. 8. The last top seed to lose its tourney opener was Duke against NC State in 1997.
Final Score: North Carolina State 75, Virginia 56
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Scott Wood hit on a career-high seven shots from beyond the arc in a 23-point effort that led North Carolina State to a 75-56 decision over Virginia in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal from Greensboro Coliseum.
Wood finished 7-of-12 from 3-point distance and also matched a personal best for scoring in a single game, with T.J. Warren adding 18 points and C.J. Leslie tallying 17 along with 11 rebounds for N.C. State (24-9).
The fifth-seeded Wolfpack advance to a semifinal matchup with regular-season conference champion Miami-Florida on Saturday, while Virginia (21-11) will learn its fate for a possible NCAA at-large selection on Sunday.
One of the perceived bubble teams for tournament inclusion, the Cavaliers own previous key wins over Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin as well as the Wolfpack, but enter Selection Sunday with losses in three of their final four bouts.
Akil Mitchell paced Virginia with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with Joe Harris finishing with 13 in the loss. As a team the Cavaliers shot just 38.9 percent from the field.
Wood's first triple of the day capped a 10-2 run that staked the Wolfpack to a 22-12 lead with six minutes to go in the first half, while Warren dropped in 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting over the opening 20 minutes as the Wolfpack took a 30-21 advantage into the break.
N.C. State then outscored the Cavs by a 14-4 count to begin the second half -- with Wood knocking down a trio of 3-pointers during the burst -- to build a commanding 44-25 lead with 16 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Wolfpack maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the way.
Final Score: Maryland 83, (2) Duke 74
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Dez Wells poured in a career-high 30 points on Friday, as Maryland knocked off No. 2 Duke, 83-74, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.
Nick Faust, Alex Len, Jake Layman and Seth Allen added 10 points apiece for the Terrapins (22-11), who will take on North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals.
Despite the resume-building victory, Maryland still may need to win the ACC tourney title to claim a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Duke (27-5) received 19 points and seven rebounds from Mason Plumlee, but the Blue Devils shot just 16 percent (4-for-25) from 3-point range in their second straight setback against the Terps.
Maryland opened the contest energized, as the Terps, who led from wire-to- wire, scored 12 of the first 14 points of the contest to build a 10-point edge under 3 1/2 minutes in.
"I thought the difference was we came out of the gate and Duke wasn't themselves at the start," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon remarked. "We got up 12, 10 or 12 points, and our guys kept fighting. We got confidence from that."
Duke got as close as three after four straight points from Rasheed Sulaimon, but Wells answered with five straight points to spark a 9-0 sprint that provided Maryland with a 26-14 cushion.
The Terps carried a 34-26 lead into the break before a Faust jumper early in the second pushed the margin back into double digits.
Duke stormed back from there, as Plumlee and Seth Curry fueled a 16-6 surge that Ryan Kelly capped with a three-point play to bring the Blue Devils within 45-44 with 13:41 remaining.
The Blue Devils remained within striking distance and trailed by just four, 54-50, following a Sulaimon jumper with just over 9 1/2 minutes left, but Faust buried a triple at the other end to spark an 11-2 Maryland surge that gave the Terps a 65-52 advantage with 5:47 remaining.
A Curry trey brought the Blue Devils within 73-67 with 2 1/2 still to play, but Maryland was able to seal the game from the charity stripe, as the Terps knocked down 10 straight free throws over the final two minutes to complete the upset victory.
"We got a lot of good looks but our offense wasn't sharp from the start," Curry admitted. "We weren't cutting hard or screening hard, so that always plays into how you're shooting. We didn't match the energy from the start."
Duke hadn't lost its first game of the ACC Tournament since falling to North Carolina State in the first round of the 2007 conference tourney ... Kelly, who missed Duke's 83-81 loss at Maryland on Feb. 16, managed just eight points and went 0-for-6 from long range ... Maryland's last win over Duke in the ACC Tournament came in the title game of the 2004 tourney ... Sulaimon finished with 16 points, while Curry contributed 15 for the Blue Devils.
Final Score: North Carolina 83, Florida State 62
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - P.J. Hairston netted 21 points to lead the third-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels to the ACC Tournament semifinals with an 83-62 win over the Florida State Seminoles at Greensboro Coliseum.
Reggie Bullock tallied 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds for North Carolina (23-9), which will face seventh-seeded Maryland in the semifinals. James Michael McAdoo and Dexter Strickland added 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Marcus Paige reached double digits in assists (10) for the first time in his career.
Hairston left the game late with a cut on his left hand. He needed several stitches, which leaves his status in doubt for the semifinal matchup.
Michael Snaer shot 8-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-5 from behind the arc to lead Florida State (18-15) with 20 points before fouling out.
The Tar Heels led 35-27 at the break after knocking down five triples while folding FSU to 0-of-3 from behind the arc. UNC also took care of the ball with just four turnovers while forcing 10 Seminoles' miscues.
UNC used a 12-0 run early in the second half to pull away after FSU had cut the deficit to 35-31. The Tar Heels shot 61.3 percent in the final 20 minutes.
UNC had 20 assists while FSU managed just eight. The Tar Heels improved to 45-12 all-time over the Seminoles.
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