Virginia wins first outright ACC regular-season title in 33 years with upset of Syracuse

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Malcolm Brogdon scored eight of his 19 points during a decisive second-half run and No. 12 Virginia clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament by beating No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 on Saturday.

Akil Mitchell added 12 points and nine rebounds and Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson scored 11 each for the Cavaliers (25-5, 16-1), who won their only outright ACC regular season title 33 years ago when
Ralph Sampson was a sophomore.

The victory was their 13th in a row and the final buzzer brought hundreds streaming onto the court.

Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair scored 13 each for the Orange (26-3, 13-3), who lost for the third time in four games.

NO. 19 NORTH CAROLINA 60, VIRGINIA TECH 56

In Blacksburg, Va., James Michael McAdoo scored 15 points to lead North Carolina (22-7, 12-4) past Virginia Tech (9-19, 2-14) for the Tar Heels’ 11th consecutive victory.

Leslie McDonald added 14 points and J.P. Tokoto finished with 12 for North Carolina, which started conference play 1-4 and has not lost since.

The Tar Heels haven’t won this many games in a row since opening the 2008-09 season with 13 consecutive victories.

Jarell Eddie had 18 points to lead Virginia Tech.

PITTSBURGH 85,

NOTRE DAME 81 (OT)

In South Bend, Ind., Lamar Patterson scored 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left, and Talib Zanna
had 17 points and 14 rebounds as Pittsburgh (22-7, 10-6) overcame making one basket in the final six minutes of regulation to beat Notre Dame (15-15, 6-11) in overtime.

The Panthers ended a five-game losing streak to the Irish, beating them for the first time since 2009 and improved to 6-2 on the road.

Notre Dame finished 13-6 at home, their most home losses since going 11-7 in 2004.

Pat Connaughton scored 19 points to lead Notre Dame.

MIAMI 85,

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 70

In Raleigh, N.C., Rion Brown scored 20 points and Miami (15-14, 6-10) pulled away to beat North Carolina State (17-12, 7-9).

Garrius Adams added 16 points and Manu Lecomte and Erik Swoope had 15 apiece for the Hurricanes.

The ACC’s worst shooting team shot a season-best 58.7 percent and set a season high for scoring.

Miami erased its only deficit of the second half by reeling off 13 consecutive points.

Conference scoring leader T.J. Warren had 20 points for North Carolina State.

BOSTON COLLEGE 80,

WAKE FOREST 72

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Ryan Anderson scored 24 points to help Boston College (8-21, 4-12) beat Wake Forest (15-14, 5-11).

The Eagles who won for just the second time in a month.

Devin Thomas scored 18 points for Wake Forest.


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