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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 play the winner between Virginia and 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.
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.
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.
03/15 15:18:36 ET
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