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Miami beats Virginia Tech in ACC tournament opener

Miami’s Erik Swoope, challenging Virginia Tech’s Cadarian Raines, scores 14 and hits the go-ahead basket with 2:42 left.

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Miami’s Erik Swoope, challenging Virginia Tech’s Cadarian Raines, scores 14 and hits the go-ahead basket with 2:42 left.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Erik Swoope and Miami didn't figure out how to beat the Atlantic Coast Conference's worst team until the league tournament.

Swoope scored 14 and hit the go-ahead basket with 2:42 left to help the Hurricanes beat Virginia Tech 57-53 in Wednesday's first round, their first win in three tries against a team otherwise winless in league play.

Rion Brown scored 15 to lead the 10th-seeded Hurricanes (17-15), who hit four free throws in the final eight seconds to hang on against the last-place Hokies (9-22). Miami, the reigning tournament champion, shot 39 percent but hit 16 of 19 free throws.

It wasn't pretty and it was hardly a performance to build confidence going into today's second round against seventh-seeded North Carolina State and league player of the year T.J. Warren. That didn't matter for UM coach Jim Larranaga, who has been making do with less after last season's championship run.

"I told our guys, 'It's a great game, it's a great environment,. You've got to enjoy this moment,' " he said.

Swoope came up with several key plays late, starting with his go-ahead basket that was the last for either team. Then, after an intentional missed free throw with Virginia Tech down two, Jarell Eddie beat Swoope to an offensive rebound only to have Swoope block the shot from behind as Eddie tried to go up against Tonye Jekiri in the paint.

"After the ball came off the rim, it bounced to me," Eddie said. "I was kind of behind the basket, so I just tried to gather myself and draw some contact going back up. It was a bang-bang play, so it was tough for the referees, and it was a no-call. They got the ball back, and that was game."

WAKE 81, NOTRE DAME 69: The postseason brings out the best in Coron Williams, who scored a season-high 25 to lead the 12th-seeded Demon Deacons (17-15).

Williams — a transfer from Robert Morris who holds the Northeast Conference tournament record with eight 3s in a game — hit four against the Irish (15-17).

"Desperation. One and done," Williams said. "If you don't come out here and play your hardest, you could be done for the year. … There's a focus about it for me."

Wake Forest, which earned its first ACC tournament win since 2007, faces fifth-seeded Pittsburgh today.

GA. TECH 73, BC 70, OT: Trae Golden's three-point play with 35.3 seconds left in overtime lifted the 11th-seeded Yellow Jackets (16-16), who blew a 13-point lead and went roughly 10 minutes between field goals in regulation and OT before regrouping. Tech faces sixth-seeded Clemson (19-11) tonight.

ACC tournament | Greensboro, N.C.

First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Semifinals Quarterfinals Second round First round
8 Maryland 7 N.C. State
noon today, ESPNU 7 tonight, ESPNU 10 Miami 57
9 Florida State noon Friday, ESPN2 7 Friday, ESPN2 10 Miami Wednesday
1 Virginia 2 Syracuse 15 Virginia Tech 53
5 Pittsburgh 1 Saturday, Ch. 44, ESPN 1 Sun., Ch. 44, ESPN 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 44, ESPN 6 Clemson
12 Wake Forest 81 2:30 today, ESPNU 9:30 tonight, ESPNU 11 Georgia Tech 73
Wednesday 12 Wake Forest 2:30 Friday, ESPN2 9:30 Friday, ESPN2 11 Georgia Tech Wednesday
13 Notre Dame 69 4 North Carolina 3 Duke 14 Boston Coll. 70 OT

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