Dez Wells' career night helps Terps spring upset

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Maryland's Dez Wells (32) drives against Duke's Seth Curry (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  Bob Leverone
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Maryland's Dez Wells (32) drives against Duke's Seth Curry (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset No. 2 Duke 83-74 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Wells was 9 of 13 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-11).

Maryland never trailed, held the league’s best team from 3-point range to 4 of 25 shooting from beyond the arc, and bolstered its NCAA Tournament credentials with its second consecutive win over Duke.

Mason Plumlee had 19 points to lead second-seeded
Duke (27-5).

NO. 9 MIAMI 69,

BOSTON COLLEGE 58

Shane Larkin scored 20 points and Miami (25-6) pulled away to beat Boston College (16-17) in the quarterfinals.

Miami withstood a serious scare from eighth-seeded Boston College, letting an early 13-point lead disappear before making all the plays down the stretch to avoid becoming the ACC’s first No. 1 seed to lose its tournament opener since 1997.

Patrick Heckmann finished with 15 points for Boston College.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 75,

VIRGINIA 56

Scott Wood had 23 points and seven 3-pointers to help North Carolina State (24-9) beat Virginia (21-11) in the quarterfinals.

C.J. Leslie added 17 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack, who blew the game open after halftime and led by double digits nearly the entire second half.

Akil Mitchell scored 19 to lead Virginia, which hasn’t reached the semifinals since 1995.

NORTH CAROLINA 83,

FLORIDA STATE 62

P.J. Hairston scored 21 points to help North Carolina (23-9) beat Florida State (18-15) in the quarterfinals.

Hairston hit five 3-pointers before leaving late in the game with a cut on his left hand, while Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the third-seeded Tar Heels.

North Carolina took control with a 13-0 run early in the second half, hit 10 3s and also scored 27 points off 18 turnovers to beat the reigning champion Seminoles in a rematch of last season’s championship game.

Michael Snaer scored 20 for Florida State, which lost all three meetings with the Tar Heels this season.

TODAY’S GAMES

• Miami vs. N.C. State,
1 p.m. (ESPN)

• Maryland vs. North Carolina, 3:30 (ESPN)


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