North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) dunks the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of their ACC Tournament game Friday in Greensboro, N.C.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- P.J. Hairston scored a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Tar Heels beat FSU, 83-62, in Friday night after pulling away in the second half to beat the Seminoles in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.
Reggie Bullock chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina (23-9), which will play Maryland in the semifinals on Saturday. James Michael McAdoo registered 12 points, Dexter Strickland had 10 and Marcus Paige added nine points and a career-high 10 assists for the Tar Heels.
Michael Snaer recorded 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Florida State (18-15), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Seminoles turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 27 points for the Tar Heels.
Florida State tied the game at 23 before the Tar Heels scored 12 of the final 16 points of the first half - including two 3-pointers by Hairston - to take a 35-27 lead at intermission. Hairston had 12 points and McAdoo 10 in the opening 20 minutes.
Hairston ignited a 13-0 run early in the second half with another 3-pointer as the Tar Heels pushed their lead to 52-35 with 14:15 to go. The Seminoles could not get closer than 13 the rest of the way as North Carolina finished 10-of-22 from 3-point range.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Hairston left the game with a little over four minutes left, suffering from a cut on his left hand. … Florida State - the defending champion - had won four straight contests in the event. … North Carolina won its 89th ACC tournament game - second only to Duke’s 91 - and leads the series against Florida State 45-12.
Maryland 83, No. 2 Duke 74: Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points, making all 10 of his free-throw attempts, as the Terrapins beat the second-seeded Blue Devils in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament at Greensboro, N.C.
Wells made 9-of-13 from the field for seventh-seeded Maryland (22-11), which will play North Carolina in the semifinals on Saturday. Nick Faust, Alex Len, Seth Allen and Jake Layman each added 10 points for the Terrapins, who shot 23-of-25 from the foul line to beat Duke for the second time this season.
Mason Plumlee led the way with 19 points for Duke (27-5), which came in leading the league in 3-point shooting but made only 4-of-25 from behind the arc. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 16 points and Seth Curry had 15 for the Blue Devils, who had won their previous 11 games in the quarterfinals after receiving a bye.
Wells poured in 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting as Maryland jumped to a quick 10-point advantage and settled for a 34-26 advantage at intermission. The Terrapins held Duke to 1-of-10 from 3-point range and 33.3 percent overall.
Maryland quickly pushed the lead to 11 in the second half before Curry scored six points during an 11-2 run to bring Duke back. The Blue Devils could not tie or take the lead, however, and Faust’s 3-pointer with 9:13 remaining ignited an 11-2 run that gave Maryland a 65-52 lead and Duke never got closer than five.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Wells, who also had six rebounds and three assists Friday, has 51 points in two ACC tournament games. … Sulaimon had 17 points in his previous four games for Duke, which dropped to 18-1 with Ryan Kelly in the lineup. Kelly had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. … Maryland, 4-4 since beating Duke on Feb. 16, also snapped the Blue Devils’ 17-game winning streak against seventh seeds in the ACC tournament.
North Carolina State 75, Virginia 56: Scott Wood scored a game-high 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the fifth-seeded Wolfpack pulled away from the Cavaliers in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament at Greensboro, N.C.
T.J. Warren contributed 18 points and C.J. Leslie recorded 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for North Carolina State (24-9), which plays top-seeded Miami in Saturday’s semifinals. Richard Howell chipped in with six points and 12 boards for the Wolfpack.
Akil Mitchell scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Virginia (21-11), which has lost five of its last eight. Leading scorer Joe Harris added 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc.
North Carolina State led by as much as 11 in the first half after a Wood 3-pointer with 4:04 left before settling for a 30-21 advantage at the break. Warren had 10 points and the Wolfpack held Virginia to 1-of-10 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
Wood drained three 3-pointers early in the second half and a three-point play by Leslie gave North Carolina State a 44-25 lead with 16:31 to go. Virginia was able to trim the lead to 11, but could not get any closer.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Wood became North Carolina State’s all-time leader in 3-pointers with 326, passing Rodney Monroe who had 322 from 1987-91. … Virginia has not reached the ACC tournament semifinals since 1995. … Wolfpack G Lorenzo Brown, who played only 10 minutes in the 58-55 loss at Virginia on Jan. 29 due to an ankle injury, had nine points and six assists in 35 minutes.
No. 10 Miami (Fla.) 69, Boston College 58: Shane Larkin scored 20 points, including a big 3-pointer late, as the top-seeded Hurricanes survived in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Greensboro, N.C.
Kenny Kadji added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Miami (25-6), which will play North Carolina State in the semifinals on Saturday. Trey McKinney Jones chipped in with 12 points for the Hurricanes, who finished the game on a 14-3 run and shot almost 70 percent in the second half.
Patrick Heckmann led the way with 15 points for eighth-seeded Boston College (16-17), which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson scored 14 points apiece for the Eagles.
Miami led by as much as 13 in the first half before Boston College scored 19 of the final 23 points - eight by Anderson - to forge a 27-25 lead at intermission. The Eagles made nine of their last 15 shots in the opening 20 minutes.
Boston College pushed the lead to 42-37 on a Lonnie Jackson 3-pointer before Miami scored 11 of the next 13 points, including seven by Larkin, to take a four-point edge with 10:43 to go. After the Eagles tied it at 55 with 3:18 left, Durand Scott drained two free throws, Larkin made a 3-pointer and Rion Brown converted a runner in the lane as the Hurricanes pulled away.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Miami broke the program record for wins in a season, passing the 2001-02 team. … Hanlan, who made his last 12 shots in a 41-point performance Thursday, drained his first four before missing with 13:48 left in the contest. … Miami has beaten Boston College three times this season.
Vanderbilt 64, Kentucky 48: Dai-Jon Parker scored 12 points and the Commodores continued their surprising run through the SEC tournament Friday, upending the second-seeded Wildcats.
Vanderbilt (16-16), the No. 10 seed, upset No. 7 Arkansas on Thursday night, advance to face Missouri or Mississippi in the semifinals.
The Commodores shot 50 percent, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range. Kevin Bright finished with 11 points, Kyle Fuller and Kedren Johnson each added 10 and Rod Odom scored nine in the balanced Commodores’ offense.
Kentucky (21-11) was paced by Archie Goodwin’s 12 points and Kyle Witjer’s 10. The Wildcats shot 34.6 percent, hitting 4-of-14 from beyond the arc.
Vanderbilt broke open a close game with a 19-7 run to end the first half, giving the Commodores a 14-point advantage at the break. Kentucky went on a 10-0 run To cut the lead to 11 with 12:46 left, but Vanderbilt responded with five straight points and the Wildcats never got that close again.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Kentucky won the rebound battle 32-30, grabbing 14 offensive boards in the process. … Vanderbilt won its fifth straight SEC tournament game. The Commodores won three straight last year to capture the tournament title. … The Wildcats lost their SEC tournament opener for the first time since 2008.
Alabama 58, Tennessee 48: Levi Randolph led the way with 15 points as the fourth-seeded Crimson Tide held off the Volunteers in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Nashville, Tenn.
Trevor Releford added 14 points and Retin Obasohan scored nine off the bench for Alabama (21-11), which improved its NCAA Tournament at-large resume. The Crimson Tide will take on No. 1 seed Florida in Saturday’s semifinals.
Josh Richardson scored 16 points and Jarnell Stokes had 12 and 13 rebounds for No. 5 seed Tennessee (20-12). Leading scorer Jordan McRae struggled through foul trouble and managed nine points on 3-of-13 shooting for the Volunteers, who will have to sweat out selection Sunday.
Releford scored 12 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer on the final possession that sent Alabama into the locker room with a 31-27 advantage.
Tennessee tied it up early in the second half but never took the lead. The Volunteer were within 44-41 with 12:13 left but would not score for nearly six minutes as the Crimson Tide pushed the lead to nine points and held on down the stretch.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Alabama suffered a 64-52 loss at Florida on March 2 in the lone regular season meeting between the schools. … Tennessee shot 32.1 percent from the floor and went 5-of-23 from 3-point range. … McRae had a streak of nine straight games scoring in double figures come to an end.
No. 11 Florida 80, Louisiana State 58: Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added a career-high 12 rebounds as the top-seeded Gators crushed the Tigers in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament as Nashville, Tenn.
Murphy went 5-of-7 from 3-point range and Scottie Wilbekin hit 4-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to 16 points for Florida (25-6), which will take on Alabama in Saturday’s semifinals. The Gators are trying to capture their first SEC tournament title since 2007.
Charles Carmouche was the only player to reach double figures with 14 points as No. 9 seed LSU (19-12) missed out on adding a signature win to its NCAA Tournament resume and likely fell off the bubble.
Florida set the tone early, knocking down six 3-pointers in the first half and playing its typical tight defense to take a 43-28 lead into the break. Michael Frazier buried the final 3-pointer of the period out of a timeout at the buzzer to cap an 8-2 run ending the half.
The Gators pulled away early in the second, using a 10-1 run to stretch it to 60-34 with 13:27 left. Florida held the Tigers without a field goal over a span of nearly eight minutes while pushing the lead to as much as 73-38.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Gators beat the Crimson Tide at home 64-52 on March 2. … Florida controlled the glass 47-27, led by Murphy, Patric Young (six rebounds) and Frazier (five). … The Tigers shot 25.9 percent from the field in the second half.