ATLANTA — Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green scored 24 points as the Hokies went on a 9-0 run to take the lead late in the game and hung on to beat Clemson 68-63 on Thursday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
There were 10 ties, the last at 52-52. Clemson, the No. 7 seed, then went about three minutes without scoring as Virginia Tech, the No. 10 seed, took the lead.
The Hokies (16-16), who ended a four-game skid, will play No. 2 seed Duke in tonight’s quarterfinals.
Clemson’s Milton Jennings hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to cut the Hokies’ lead to 68-63. After Dorenzo Hudson made two free throws for Virginia Tech, the Tigers couldn’t make another 3.
Hudson had 19 points.
Devin Coleman led Clemson (16-15) with 15 points. Jennings and Andre Young each had 13. Tanner Smith had 12.
Clemson hurt its comeback chances with poor free-throw shooting. Bryan Narcisse, a former North Augusta standout, and Devin Booker each made one of two tries in the final minute.
MIAMI 54, GEORGIA TECH 36
Rion Brown sparked Miami from its offensive woes with back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Hurricanes ripped off an 18-0 run to bury woeful Georgia Tech in the opening round of the tournament.
The teams combined to hit only 14 of 51 shots in the first half, which ended with Georgia Tech on top 20-19.
But the Hurricanes (19-11) finally woke up, going ahead for good when Shane Larkin led a fast break and passed off to Brown, who spotted up for a 3 that made it 29-27. The next time down, Larkin found Brown open again behind the arc for another 3-pointer. The Hurricanes never let up, advancing to face Florida State today.
Georgia Tech (11-20) ended a dismal first season under coach Brian Gregory.
WAKE FOREST 60
Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points, including nine in a row in a decisive 20-4 run to open the second half, and Maryland ran past Wake Forest in the lopsided opening game of the tournament.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78, BOSTON COLLEGE 57
Scott Wood made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, leading North Carolina State.
N.C. State (21-11) raced to a 14-0 lead, turned back several runs by the Eagles (9-22), then pulled away in the closing minutes for a must-win in its bid to make the NCAA Tournament.