The No. 1 seeded Miami Hurricanes took down UNC, 87-77, to claim the program’s first ever ACC title.
As the final seconds ticked away, Shane Larkin and the Miami Hurricanes did what most said that they couldn’t do prior to the 2013 season – win the ACC.
Miami G Shane Larkin scored a career-high 28 points against the Tar Heels, eight in the final 2 1/2 minutes of play. Legendary announcer Dick Vitale spoke highly of Larkin, already declaring him a 2014 First-Team All-ACC player and the conferences’ best point guard going into next season.
In a game that proved to be a battle of the 3’s, Miami’s Trey McKinney Jones dropped a career-high 20 points going 6-of-9 from downtown, including a clutch 3-pointer as Miami began to pull away in the second-half.
Following Miami’s title win, Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga told ESPN:
From day one, these guys have embraced our approach. That doesn’t mean that every day was great. It means we went through a transition of learning. Once they did learn, they felt good about it. And they kept trying to get better.”
The Hurricanes shot 50% from the field and 55% from 3-point range. Julian Gamble controlled the boards for Miami getting ten rebounds with 11 points.
This is the third straight meeting in which Miami has defeated the Tar Heels’ beating them by 26 points in their last match-up on Feb. 9. The Hurricanes veteran line-up stepped up when they needed to knocking down big shot after big shot.