GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Erick Green hit the go-ahead jumper with 4.7 seconds left, while Derwin Kitchen’s desperation shot at the buzzer was waved off as Virginia Tech edged Florida State 52-51 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Friday night.
Green was just 1 for 12 from the field for the sixth-seeded Hokies (21-10) before taking a feed from Malcolm Delaney and calmly sinking a jumper near the 3-point arc. The third-seeded Seminoles (21-10) called timeout and inbounded to Kitchen, who dribbled into the right corner before launching a fadeaway over a defender at the horn.
The ball dropped through the net and the officials initially called it good, sending the Seminoles spilling oncourt to mob Kitchen. Meanwhile, Delaney and Green walked to midcourt with their hands on their heads in disbelief. But officials soon reviewed the replays and reversed the call.
GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Kyle Singler scored 29 points and No. 5 Duke, after star guard Nolan Smith went down with a toe injury, pulled away late to beat Maryland 87-71 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Mason Plumlee added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-4), but coach Mike Krzyzewski said league player of the year Smith injured the second toe on his left foot with under 7 minutes left.
The two-time reigning ACC tournament champions held Maryland without a field goal for 6 minutes down the stretch to reach the conference semifinals for the fourth straight year.
Jordan Williams had 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (19-14). They kept things tight for much of the second half, pulling to 63-60 on Dino Gregory’s layup with 10:15 remaining.
Singler hit a driving layup with just under 9 minutes left to start the decisive 24-9 run.
GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Demontez Stitt scored 20 points to lead Clemson past Boston College 70-47 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Jerai Grant added 12 points and Milton Jennings had 10 for the fourth-seeded Tigers (21-10). They shot 45 percent on 23-of-51 shooting and clamped down on one of the ACC’s best 3-point shooting teams to win a game both teams desperately needed to polish their NCAA tournament profiles and possibly move themselves off the
After winning its first ACC tournament game since 2008, Clemson advances to face No. 6 North Carolina, the top seed, on Saturday in one semifinal.
Joe Trapani scored 20 points to lead fifth-seeded BC (20-12). All-ACC guard Reggie Jackson was pestered all day by Stitt and finished with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Kendall Marshall penetrated into the lane and found Tyler Zeller for a layup to beat the horn as No. 6 North Carolina rallied from 19 down in the second half to beat Miami 61-59 in Friday’s quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Zeller finished with 13 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (25-6), who escaped the upset with a frantic comeback in the final 8 minutes. North Carolina struggled with turnovers all day against Miami’s zone defense and didn’t get much going inside. The team rallied with a flurry of 3-point shots before Zeller gave the Tar
Heels their only lead on the final play.
The ninth-seeded Hurricanes (19-14) staged their own comeback from 10 down in the final minute to force overtime and beat Virginia in Thursday’s first round.