The No. 1 Miami Hurricanes beat No. 8 Boston College, 69-58, led by sophomore G Shane Larkin who scored 20 points as Miami will advance to the semifinals.
After blowing a 13-point lead, Miami managed to pull away when it mattered. The Canes’ went into halftime down by two points, but in the second-half it was all Larkin. The talented sophomore dropped 15 of his 20 points after half-time. In all, Larkin managed three rebounds, four assists and two steals and proved why he was voted First-Team All-ACC.
Miami head coach Jim Larranaga told ESPN:
By adding Shane to that group (of seniors), he adds an element that allows all of them to play better…He’s good at what he does.”
After scoring an impressive 41 points in the Eagles shellacking of Georgia Tech, Miami managed to contain freshman Olivier Hanlan – something that needed to be done in order for Miami to escape with the win. Hanlan connected on eight 3-pointers against the Yellow Jackets’ but a repeat would not be seen.
Hanlan finished with 14 points, but missed five-of-his-six final attempts.
Patrick Heckman led BC with 15 points including a clutch 3 that tied the game at 55.
The Hurricanes came out hot, at one point leading the Eagles 21-8. BC closed the first-half with a 19-4 run of their own and found themselves up 27-25 at halftime.
The Eagles would go up 30-25, but Miami mustered up a 11-2 run and Larkin and the Hurricanes would not look back.