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Miami pulls away from BC in ACC tourney

Miami’s Shane Larkin, who scores 20, goes to the floor during a 69-58 win over Boston College in the ACC quarterfinals.


Miami’s Shane Larkin, who scores 20, goes to the floor during a 69-58 win over Boston College in the ACC quarterfinals.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Shane Larkin scored 15 of his 20 after halftime to help No. 9 Miami pull away and beat Boston College 69-58 in the ACC quarterfinals on Friday.

Miami (25-6) let an early 13-point lead disappear but avoided being the first No. 1 seed to lose its tournament opener since 1997. And it has its point guard to thank for a semifinal berth against N.C. State.

"Shane … adds an element that allows all of them to play better," coach Jim Larranaga said. "A lot of times, you'll see (Larkin) in the first half try to get the ball to (his teammates). And then the second half starts, he starts to pick his spots to attack and score or find the open man."

Patrick Heckmann's 3-pointer with 3½ minutes left for No. 8 seeded BC (16-17) tied it at 55.

Durand Scott put Miami back in front with two free throws with 3:01 left. Then Larkin took over. He came up with a steal against Oliveri Hanlan then a 3-pointer off an inbounds pass to make it 60-55 with 1:49 left.

Hanlan set an ACC freshman tournament record by scoring 41 against Georgia Tech on Thursday. Friday, he scored 14 on 5-of-10 shooting.

"It's very difficult to come back from that type of performance and not expect one of the best defensive teams in the country to put you on lockdown," Eagles coach Steve Donahue said. "I thought he handled it well."

Maryland stuns Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 as Maryland upset Duke 83-74.

Wells was 9-of-13 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line for the seventh-seeded Terps (22-11), who held the ACC's top 3-point shooting team to 4-of-25.

"You have to be good and be lucky to beat a great team," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We're a little bit of both."

No. 2 seeded Duke (27-5), meanwhile, might have cost itself a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It never led and got only as close as five late.

"They seemed to always have an answer," said Mason Plumlee, who led the Blue Devils with 19 points. "And that's how they kept us from getting back in the game."

N.C. State 75, Virginia 56: Scott Wood hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 for the No. 5 seeded Wolfpack. N.C. State (24-9) avenged a loss to Virginia that started a three-game skid by expanding a nine-point halftime lead to 19 in about 31/2 minutes. Wood made three 3-pointers during that span. The Cavs (21-11) haven't reached the semis since 1995, the longest drought in the league, and now must wait to see if they get an NCAA Tournament bid. "What will be will be," coach Tony Bennett said. "We have some quality wins. We have some bad losses. And who knows what will happen?"

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