Miami outlasts North Carolina, 'over' hits
March 17, 2013
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.
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