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Hurricanes coast past Jackets to face 'Noles

ATLANTA — Rion Brown sparked Miami from its offensive woes with back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Hurricanes ripped off an 18-0 run to bury Georgia Tech 54-36 Thursday in the opening round of the ACC tournament.

Georgia Tech ended a dismal first season under coach Brian Gregory with its lowest-scoring game ever in the tournament. Also, it was easily the worst offensive showing by any team in the tournament during the shot-clock era.

Miami (19-11) wasn't exactly an offensive juggernaut, shooting just 33 percent. Shane Larkin was their top scorer with a mere 12 points while Durand Scott added 11 and Brown had 10.

But the Yellow Jackets (11-20) were abysmal. They finished with their lowest-scoring game since a 38-36 loss to Auburn on Feb. 7, 1961. It was the third time this season Georgia Tech was held below 40 points at Philips Arena, its temporary home while its campus arena undergoes renovations.

This was the worst one yet.

Mdon Udofia scored 13 as Georgia Tech made 14 of 44 shots (32 percent) and turned it over 20 times.

Miami advanced to face No. 17 Florida State in today's quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Hurricanes are hoping to push their way into NCAA consideration with a good showing in Atlanta.

N.C. St. 78, B.C. 57: Scott Wood made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, leading the Wolfpack.

N.C. State (21-11) took a 14-0 lead, turned back several runs by the Eagles (9-22) then pulled away in the closing minutes for a must-win in its bid to make the NCAA Tournament.

Wood was 5 of 9 beyond the arc, sending the Wolfpack into the quarterfinals today against Virginia.

Boston College finished with the most losses in school history, eclipsing the mark set by the 1988-89 team that went 6-21.

Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Md. 82, wake forest 60: As the conference's leading scorer, Terrell Stoglin was miffed to be excluded from the All-ACC first team this week.

The sophomore guard made a statement by scoring 25 — nine straight in a 20-4 second-half run — for the Terps (17-14).

Maryland plays No. 1 seed North Carolina today. The Tar Heels swept their two regular-season games.

Stoglin added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, his 21st game with 20 or more points this season.

"I'm always going to have a chip on my shoulder, but once the voting came out, I had a bigger one," said Stoglin, an All-ACC second-team selection.

"They came out and hit us hard," said Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik. "In the second half, inside especially, they just wore on us."

Wake finished 13-18 in its second season under Bzdelik.

va. tech 68, clemson 63: Point guard Erick Green scored 24 and the Hokies (16-16) went on a 9-0 run to take the lead late against the Tigers (16-15) and end a four-game losing streak. Green posted his first game with at least 20 points since he had 21 against FSU on Jan. 10. There were 10 ties, the last at 52. Clemson then went scoreless for about three minutes and hurt its comeback chances with poor free-throw shooting. Bryan Narcisse and Devin Booker each went 1-for-2 at the line in the final minute.

Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Semifinals Quarterfinals Round 1
Thursday today Saturday Sunday Saturday today Thursday
1 N. Carolina 2 Duke
8 Md. 82 Noon, ESPN2 7, ESPN2 7 Clem. 63
8 Maryland 10 Va. Tech
9 Wake 60 10 V. Tech 68
1, Ch. 44 1, Ch. 44 3, Ch. 44
5 N.C. St. 78 6 Miami 54
5 N.C. State 6 Miami
12 BC 57 2, ESPN2 9, ESPN2 11 Ga.Tch 36
4 Virginia 3 Florida State

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