The Miami basketball team earned a momentum-building victory for the ACC Tournament by defeating Boston College 80-76 on Friday night at the Watsco Center. Miami survived a back and forth second half with a late 9-0 run. Kameron McGusty and Nysier Brooks had their Miami highs with 27 and 21 points respectively.
Brooks helped the Miami basketball team take a 34-31 halftime lead with 16 points. Anthony Walker also had an outstanding game for Miami with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Boston College held Isaiah Wong to nine points on 3-11 shooting with five rebounds.
Miami overcame six Eagles in double figures. The Hurricanes held Boston College star, Jay Heath, to 10 points on 4-16 from the floor and 2-10 on his three-point attempts. Miami got off to a good start scoring the first six points of the game. Brooks had the first four on a field goal and two free throws.
Miami led by six later in the first half before settling in for a three-point halftime lead. One of the biggest keys for Miami in the victory was holding Boston College to 9-26 on three-point attempts. The Eagles blitzed Miami making 18 of its 35 three-point attempts in an 84-62 victory over the Hurricanes in January.
Miami finishes the regular season 8-16 overall, 4-15 overall. Boston College falls to 4-15, 2-11 in the ACC. The Miami victory secures the Hurricanes avoiding finishing last in the ACC. Boston College occupies the 15th spot in the conference. Where Miami finishes in the ACC depends on the outcome for Wake Forest on Friday night.
The Demon Deacons and Georgia Tech tipped off as Boston College and Miami were ending. Wake Forest entered Friday night 6-14 overall, 3-14 in the ACC. Notre Dame or Pittsburgh is the likely opponent for Miami in the ACC Tournament with a Wake Forest loss. If Miami finishes 14th in the conference the opponent is muddled.