GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tracy Smith had 19 points and eight rebounds, and North Carolina State continued Clemson’s misery in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a 59-57 victory in the first round on Thursday night.
Ending a day of upsets, the 11th-seeded Wolfpack (18-14) built a double-digit lead early in the second half and withstood a late rally to continue their surprising late-season surge. N.C. State, which has won four of five, will face third-seeded Florida State on Friday in the quarterfinals.
The sixth-seeded Tigers (21-10) got 17 points and eight rebounds from Trevor Booker, but he got little help. Clemson shot 39 percent from the field, 56 percent from the foul line and committed 15 turnovers in yet another early exit.
Clemson, the only original ACC school not to win the tournament, fell to 16-57 in the event with 43 of those losses coming in its first game.
Miami 83, Wake Forest 62
Redshirt freshman Reggie Johnson scored a season-high 22 points against his hometown school and 12th-seeded Miami routed fifth-seeded Wake Forest.
Johnson was 8-for-8 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line while James Dews added 15 points for the Hurricanes (19-12).
They led by 25, shot nearly 52 percent against one of the league’s toughest defenses and made a huge early run stand in advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal matchup against fourth-seeded Virginia Tech.
Ishmael Smith had 14 points to lead the Demon Deacons (19-10).
They didn’t get closer than 16 in the second half in falling to 0-3 in ACC tournament games under coach Dino Gaudio. They’ve lost five of six, and that can’t help but damage their seeding — if not drop them onto the NCAA tournament bubble — when Selection Sunday rolls around.
Virginia 68, Boston College 62
Sammy Zeglinski scored 16 of his season-high 21 points in the first half to lift Virginia.
Mike Scott had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Cavaliers (15-15), who won their first game in a month and their first tournament game in four years. Virginia had lost nine straight heading into Greensboro, but pushed ahead late in the first half and led by as many as 11 points midway through the second half.
Virginia hadn't won a tournament game since beating Virginia Tech in the first round of the 2006 tournament in Greensboro.
Now the Cavaliers and first-year coach Tony Bennett are headed to Friday's quarterfinals to face fourth-ranked Duke, the tournament's top seed.
Rakim Sanders tied a season-high with 22 points for the eighth-seeded Eagles (15-16).
Duke coach said that after winning his second gold medal in men's basketball would be his Team USA finale. That may not be the case anymore.
CBT: Turning the page on the Mike Rice scandal, Rutgers hired Louisville's Julie Hermann as athletic director on Wednesday. But, Hermann has a prior scandal of her own.
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