March 17, 2013 — With two dominant wins over North Carolina during the regular season, the University of Miami men's basketball team entered Sunday's ACC Tournament Championship game needing to pull off a hat trick: a third straight victory over the conference rival Tar Heels.
Led by sophomore guard Shane Larkin's 28 points and senior Trey McKinney Jones's career-high 20 points and six three-pointers, the Miami Hurricanes did just that, defeating North Carolina 87-77 to win the ACC Tournament.
Miami's win came in front of a partisan Tar Heel crowd in Greensboro, North Carolina, site of the ACC Tournament, and more importantly helped the 'Canes lock up the No. 2 seed in the East Region of the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Miami (27-6) will play Pacific (22-12) on Friday, March 22, in Austin, Texas.
Larkin, whose dazzling play at point guard propelled Miami to the regular season conference title, was named most valuable player of the tournament, while Durand Scott made the all-tournament first team.
Track the Hurricanes' progress in the NCAA Tournament, which begins this week, at hurricanesports.com.
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