Pack falls to Miami
Reggie Johnson tipped in a missed shot with 0.8 seconds left to help No. 14 Miami edge No. 19 North Carolina State 79-78 on Saturday.
Johnson’s left-handed tip in traffic off a miss by Shane Larkin capped a back-and-forth second half and kept the Hurricanes (17-3, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) unbeaten in the league. Johnson finished with 15 points in his best game since returning from a thumb injury four games earlier.
Durand Scott led Miami with 18 points and Julian Gamble added 16 to help the Hurricanes win their ninth straight game.
C.J. Leslie had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (16-6, 5-4), who played without starting point guard Lorenzo Brown due to an ankle injury. N.C. State nearly topped Johnson’s tip when freshman Rodney Purvis launched a heave from beyond halfcourt at the horn, a shot that hit the rim and rattled out to end it.
The Hurricanes were only the ninth team to start 7-0 in ACC play since the 1996-97 season and first since Duke started 10-0 five years ago, according to STATS LLC. Miami certainly earned its latest league win, fighting off a determined Wolfpack team that got strong performances from Purvis and fellow freshman Tyler Lewis in place of its missing floor leader.
Lewis, who hadn’t scored more than six in a game all season, finished with 16 points and five assists in 36 minutes. But he missed a contested jumper with about 13 seconds left, and Miami grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 10.9 seconds remaining to set up the final play.
Larkin’s shot on the right side bounced off the rim, but Johnson tipped the ball up and in to stun the home crowd that had been as loud as it was for rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina this month.
It was the first home loss in 13 games for the Wolfpack, the preseason ACC favorite.
No. 5 Duke 79, Florida State 60
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Mike Krzyewski was so impressed he wasn’t sure which player he might praise for their effort.
Seth Curry scored 21 points, Quinn Cook added 18 and Duke cruised to a win over Florida State.
The Blue Devils were crisp from the opening tip until the final horn, blowing past the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions with ease.
“Our guys played a terrific basketball game,” said Krzyewski. “It’s tough to single out any one guy.”
It was hard to miss the pinpoint shooting of Duke’s backcourt. Curry and Cook combined for 39 points and together were 9 of 13 from beyond the 3-point arc. They effectively took Florida State out of the game early with their long-range accuracy.
“It was raining 3’s,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said in admiration of Duke’s performance. “They were able to put themselves at that magic level that has been elusive to us.”
Duke raced to an 18-2 lead and never looked back, building a 26-point advantage at one point on the way to a 42-22 cushion at halftime.
“We wanted to throw the first punch today and send a statement,” said Cook, who also had six assists. “We have great shooters on our team.”
Curry, who had 13 points at the break, was 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 7 from behind the arc. Cook was 4 of 6 from long range.
“We were hitting on all cylinders,” said Curry. “It was just a matter of getting good shots.”
North Carolina 72, Virginia Tech 60, OT
CHAPEL HILL — Freshman Marcus Paige scored eight of his season-high 19 points in overtime to help North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 72-60 on Saturday.
James Michael McAdoo had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Bullock added 11 points for the Tar Heels (15-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They hounded the nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green, into his second-worst game of the season and scored on their first nine possessions of overtime to pull away for their fifth win in six games.
Green, who averages 25.5 points, finished with 16 on 7-for-21 shooting while being defended mostly by Dexter Strickland.
Green missed a jumper that would have won it in regulation and was held to fewer than 20 points for just the second time this season.
Jarell Eddie added 15 points for the Hokies (11-10, 2-6). They have lost four straight and 10 of 14 since starting 7-0.
McAdoo put North Carolina ahead to stay with a jumper that made it 59-57 with 3:45 left in overtime. Joey van Zegeren pulled the Hokies within one with a free throw on their next trip downcourt.
That’s when Paige took over.
He entered 8-for-39 in the past five games but was 6-for-14 in this one while hitting four of his team’s five 3-pointers.
His open 3 from the left wing with 3 minutes left in OT made it 62-58, and he followed that with a jumper from the baseline that made it a six-point game. His three free throws in the final 1:36 helped ice it.
Cadarian Raines finished with 12 points and Robert Brown added 10 for the Hokies, who had a chance to win it in regulation.
Van Zegeren — a 46 percent free-throw shooter — tied it at 55 with two foul shots with 45.8 seconds left, and the Hokies got the ball back when Paige threw the ball away with about 30 seconds left.
Green milked the clock before his pull-up jumper from the wing over Bullock didn’t hit anything, and North Carolina rebounded with 1.9 seconds left. Jackson Simmons’ full-court pass was tipped out by a Hokie with 0.1 seconds. After a timeout, van Zegeren picked off Paige’s inbounds pass in the lane.
North Carolina trailed by eight twice in the second half, but clawed back with a McAdoo-led 19-9 run to take its first lead.
Bullock, who missed his first five 3-pointers, swished an open 3 to make it 42-all with just over 13 minutes left. Brice Johnson then put the Tar Heels up 46-45 on a tip-in with 9 1/2 minutes to go. After McAdoo stretched it to 47-45 on a free throw with 9:01 left, it was a one-possession game throughout the rest of regulation.
The Tar Heels played without injured swingman P.J. Hairston, who suffered a concussion in their last game at Boston College, and his absence was felt on the perimeter. They were 5 of 24 from 3-point range, with Bullock missing seven of his eight.