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Shane Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight in the final 2 1/2 minutes, to help No. 9 Miami pull away late and beat North Carolina 87-77 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship Sunday.
Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (27-6), including the go-ahead 3-pointer from the left corner with 6:27 left that started Miami's final push to secure the program's first ACC tournament title.
In a terrific back-and-forth game filled with big shots, the Hurricanes finally slowed P.J. Hairston and the third-seeded Tar Heels (24-10) enough down the stretch to secure what amounted to a road win in front of UNC's home-state crowd.
Hairston scored 28 points and had six of the Tar Heels' 13 3-pointers, the most in the program's tournament history. But it wasn't enough to secure UNC's first ACC title since 2008 nor coach Roy Williams' 700th career victory.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Shane Larkin and ninth-ranked Miami now have the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship to go with its first regular-season title.
Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight coming in the final 2 minutes, to help No. 9 Miami pull away late to beat North Carolina 87-77 in Sunday's final.
Trey McKinney Jones added a career...
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Miami's Shane Larkin deserved to win ACC player of the year, but the culture of the ACC permitted otherwise. Now with 43 points and eight assists in two wins in the ACC Tournament, Larkin's putting on a show for the ACC faithful to take notice.
Shane Larkin and ninth-ranked Miami now have the program's first ACC tournament championship to go with its first regular-season title.
Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight coming in the final 2 1/2 minutes, to help Miami pull away late to beat North Carolina 87-77 in Sunday's final.
Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (27-6...
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Shane Larkin discusses his MVP performance in Miami's 87-77 win over North Carolina in the 2013 ACC Tournament.
The name we could all be discussing around the water cooler, bus stop, or interwebs on the morning of April 9, 2013 is Shane Larkin. Why Shane Larkin? Did you just see his performance in the Miami Hurricanes’ dismantling of North Carolina in the ACC title game. Check out this stat line: 28 … Continue reading »
Simply put, Miami's Shane Larkin was too good. UNC had no answer for him. Maybe a pre-ACL injury Dexter Strickland could have kept Larkin out of the lane but no one could. And once he broke down the defense it was easy pickings. Larkin found Trey McKinney-Jones multiple times and he cashed in on three after three that kept Miami close. Many of Miami's supporting cast hurt...
Game time: 1 p.m.
Miami has never advanced to the ACC tournament championship while North Carolina State last reached one six years ago and hasn't won this event since 1987.
One of these teams will get a shot at the title, and the Wolfpack will have Lorenzo Brown on Saturday as they try to avenge a regular-season loss to the No. 9 Hurricanes.
Miami (25-6) has reached...
GREENSBORO, N.C. A new season began for Miami on Friday afternoon.
The Hurricanes won the ACC regular-season title, but closed losing three of four games and falling out of favor with many national pundits. Once widely embraced, the Canes were being shunned as contenders, as the teeth of March neared.
This hasn't exactly been lost on the players, either. But they weren'...
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Top 5 Players
1. Cody Zeller (Indiana)
2. Shane Larkin (Miami)
3. Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
4. Allen Crabbe (Cal)
5. Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
3 Stars you haven’t heard much about
1. Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
2. Mike Muscala (Bucknell...