Miami gets past Syracuse, 62-57

By MIKE FITZPATRICK

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — If there was any doubt about their NCAA Tournament fate, the Miami Hurricanes probably put it to rest Wednesday.

As for the Syracuse Orange, however, they’ll be sweating out Selection Sunday.

Kamari Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his return home to Brooklyn, and Miami held off Syracuse 62-57 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The ninth-seeded Hurricanes (21-10) advanced to play top-seeded and sixth-ranked North Carolina in the first quarterfinal today, seemingly solidifying their second consecutive trip to the NCAAs.

“We put it all together,” Murphy said. “Great win for us.”

Meanwhile, the Orange took an untimely loss that could prove costly.

No. 8 seed Syracuse (18-14) fell to 0-3 in the ACC Tournament and 2-11 this season away from home, a mark that might not go over very well with the committee that sets the 68-team field for the NCAAs.

“It’s up to them. My opinion doesn’t matter,” Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. “Every coach in the country that’s on the bubble thinks his team should get in.”

Boeheim remained tied on the NCAA list with fellow Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight at 902 career Division I wins. They trail only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who has 1,067.

Boeheim’s 902-356 record reflects 101 wins vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

Davon Reed added 14 points for Miami, and Ja’Quan Newton had 11 points and six assists. Newton’s driving layup extended the Hurricanes’ lead to 59-55 with 16 seconds left.

John Gillon had a chance to tie it for Syracuse, but his hurry-up 3-point attempt barely grazed the rim with two seconds to play.

“He’s made two of them this year. Maybe it just wasn’t in the cards to make the third one,” Boeheim said. “It was the absolute right play.”

Andrew White III had 22 points for Syracuse, and Tyus Battle scored 14. White was coming off a career-high 40 points in a blowout win over Georgia Tech last Saturday, when he was 8 for 9 from 3-point territory. Miami held White to 1 for 6 from beyond the arc.

DJ Vasiljevic scored 13 points off the bench for the Hurricanes. He hit two 3-pointers midway through the second half that helped them regain momentum after the Orange briefly moved in front by one, drawing roars from a partisan crowd that included Syracuse great John Wallace.

Reed barely beat the shot clock on a 3 that gave Miami a 51-44 advantage with 7:07 left.

Battle missed a dunk with 2:38 remaining that would have shaved Syracuse’s deficit to one. On the other end, Newton found Murphy for a dunk that made it 57-52.

“As the season progressed, we’ve been able to pull out some close games, and we showed that same type of resilience today,” Reed said. “We just stayed poised throughout the stretch.”

No. 14 Duke 79, Clemson 72

NEW YORK — Luke Kennard made two clutch jumpers in the final 2:04 to help No. 14 Duke thwart a rally by Clemson and advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The fifth-seeded Blue Devils (24-8) play fourth-seeded and No. 8 Louisville today at Barclays Center.

Kennard took a while to find his shot but finished with 20 points. Freshmen Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson each scored 20 and picked up the slack while Kennard was cold.

Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson (17-15) with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Duke built a 13-point lead midway through the second half but could not put away Clemson. Marcquise Reed converted a 3-point play with 2:51 left in the game to cut Duke’s lead to 69-68 and get the small contingent of Tigers fans pumped up.

Kennard answered with a jumper to push the lead back to three. He dropped in a fall-away from the baseline with 1:14 left to up the lead to 75-70.

No. 21 Virginia 75, Pitt 63

NEW YORK — Kyle Guy scored 20 points to match a career high and London Perrantes added 13 in the second half to help No. 21 Virginia pull away for a victory against Pittsburgh in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The sixth-seeded Cavaliers (22-9) are in the ACC quarterfinals for the sixth straight season and meet third-seeded and No. 22 Notre Dame at Barclays Center tonight.

Jamel Artis led Pitt (16-17) with 18 points and Michael Young had 14.

The two seniors were benched for the first 10 minutes of the Panthers’ regular-season finale loss to Virginia on Saturday by coach Kevin Stallings.

Just four days after scoring just 42 points against the Cavaliers, Pitt surpassed that number with 13:08 minutes left on a dunk by Sheldon Jeter that cut Virginia’s lead to 44-43. That was as good as it got for the Panthers.

Virginia Tech 99, Wake Forest 90

NEW YORK — Zach LeDay had a career-high 31 points to go with 15 rebounds as Virginia Tech stopped Wake Forest’s late-season charge.

Seth Allen scored 18 points and Justin Bibbs had 15 for the seventh-seeded Hokies (22-9), who took over in the second half after a slow start. They will play second-seeded and 16th-ranked Florida State in the quarterfinals tonight.

Bryant Crawford had 21 points for No. 10 seed Wake Forest (19-13), which had won four straight in a desperate drive for its first NCAA Tournament trip since 2010.

John Collins, runner-up for ACC player of the year, added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest before fouling out with 1:06 to play.

By Paul Wager

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