Miami outlasts North Carolina, 'over' hits
March 17, 2013
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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 1/2 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-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, one shy of tying the program's tournament record. But it wasn't enough to secure UNC's first ACC title since 2008 nor coach Roy Williams' 700th career victory.
The Associated Press News Service
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