Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, March 9
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Down to its third try and last chance, Miami came through.
Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the sixth-ranked Hurricanes win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship outright by beating Clemson 62-49 on Saturday.
Kadji also grabbed 12 rebounds and Miami (24-6, 15-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched its first outright men's basketball league title after being foiled in consecutive losses to Duke and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes tied the school record for victories set in 2001-02, when they went 24-8, and improved to 14-1 at home in their regular-season finale.
The league championship is the second for the Hurricanes, who shared the Big East Conference title in 2000.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Seth Curry made shot after shot to give No. 3 Duke a big early lead on North Carolina that turned the latest installment of their fierce rivalry into a rout.
The senior hit his first seven shots during Duke's torrid start, helping the Blue Devils cruise to a 69-53 victory Saturday night.
Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds. That duo provided Duke (27-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) all the punch it needed to earn a season sweep of the Tar Heels.
Duke scored the game's first 14 points, never let UNC (22-9, 12-6) closer than nine and led by 25 points after halftime. The Blue Devils shot 55 percent, including 18 for 26 (69 percent) in a first half that silenced a once-rowdy Smith Center crowd and overwhelmed the once-surging Tar Heels.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Freshman Devon Bookert scored a career-high 18 points and Michael Snaer added 17 as Florida State fought back from an eight-point deficit in the second half Saturday to defeat North Carolina State 71-67 in the regular-season finale for both teams.
A pair of free throws by Bookert gave the Seminoles (17-14, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) their first lead of the second half at 57-55. He then added a jumper with 2:01 left to snap a tie at 62 with 2:01 left and three free throws in the final 1:23 of the see-saw contest featured by nine lead changes and nine tied scores.
Snaer broke away and caught a length-of-the court pass from Okaro White for an uncontested dunk that gave Florida State a 67-63 lead with 32 seconds left after both teams suffered turnovers in previous possessions with the lead on the line.
Richard Howell's 3-point play with 21 seconds left got the `Pack to within 67-66. He scored off a missed 3 by Wood and was fouled on the put back.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Joe Rahon scored 15 points, including eight in the last four minutes, to lead Boston College past Georgia Tech, 74-72, in front of 5,247 fans in Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon.
In BC's regular season finale, Rahon shot 5 of 7 from the floor and handed out a game-high seven assists. Freshman Olivier Hanlan netted 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, sophomore Ryan Anderson scored 13, and classmate Eddie Odio posted a career-high 11 points.
Trailing 64-59 with 4:19 left, the Eagles went on a 12-0 run to stake a 71-64 lead with 28 seconds on the clock. Rahon scored eight points during the run while Hanlan scored on two layups - the first after an Odio block started a transition play and the second after he came up with a steal off of full-court pressure.
The Yellow Jackets hit two 3-pointers in the last 25 seconds, but the Eagles made enough free throws to seal the win.