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Ninth-ranked Hurricanes beat NC State, blow into ACC final

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Durand Scott scored a career-high 32 points and Shane Larkin added 23, as ninth-ranked Miami-Florida reached the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the first time with an 81-71 victory over North Carolina State at Greensboro Coliseum.

Julian Gamble chipped in 10 points and Kenny Kadji contributed eight with nine rebounds for the Hurricanes (26-6), who struggled to beat Boston College in the quarterfinals on Friday but looked like a true top seed and led from start-to-finish in this one.

Miami will face North Carolina for the title on Sunday.

Scott Wood connected on six 3-pointers and finished with 21 points for North Carolina State (24-10), which entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed and beat Virginia Tech and Virginia in the first two rounds before running into a buzz saw on Saturday.

Wood was 7-of-12 from beyond the arc on Friday against Virginia and finished the tournament with 16 3-point makes in three games.

"We didn't want to let Scott Wood go off for another seven threes, so we held him to six," said Miami coach Jim Larranaga.

The Hurricanes scored the first five points of the game en route to a 23-10 advantage with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The lead reached 19 at 39-20 with 65 seconds left, but NC State came up with a couple of steals in the final minute and pulled within 41-29 at the break.

Scott had 19 first-half points and Larkin chipped in 11, as Miami converted 15-of-29 from the field.

NC State continued to chip away early in the second half and pulled within 50-44 on a three by Wood with just over 12 minutes remaining, but Scott canned a shot from beyond the arc and added a bucket to cap an 8-1 Miami run for a 58-45 advantage with 8 1/2 minutes left.

The Hurricanes opened a 16-point bulge a few minutes later, but the Wolfpack wouldn't go away. A Wood triple with 1:26 remaining drew NC State within 79-71, but Larkin hit two from the line and the Wolfpack failed to answer.

"Obviously we wanted to get the win and we felt like we could have played better in the first half," Wood said. "But at the same time, they're the No. 1 seed, they played well all year and if you don't play well for part of the game they're going to take advantage of it."

Game Notes

C.J. Leslie scored 14 points and T.J. Warren added 13 for NC State ... Miami won the only regular-season meeting, 79-78, on a tip-in by Reggie Johnson just before the buzzer ... The Hurricanes also won the only previous ACC Tournament matchup with the Wolfpack, 63-50, in the first round of the 2008 event ... The No. 5 seed in the ACC tourney is now 3-22 in semifinal play. The last fifth seed to reach the title game was Georgia Tech in 2005 ... The Wolfpack have won 10 ACC Tournament titles, the last coming in 1987. They haven't reached the championship game since 2007.

03/16 20:18:17 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
5th
SFG 2
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
 
4th
CLEM 16
SYR 6
 
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
 
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
 
4th
COLST 45
WYO 24
 
4th
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
4th
TENN 17
ALA 34
 
4th
AUB 35
SCAR 35
 
3rd
PSU 7
OSU 17
 
1st
UTAH 7
USC 0
 
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
 
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
 
3rd
STL 3
CHI 1
 
3rd
NAS 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
MIN 6
TAM 2
 
2nd
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
1st
CAL 0
WAS 0
 
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14