Miami beats Syracuse 62-57 in ACC, will face top seed UNC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kamari Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his return home to Brooklyn, and Miami held off Syracuse 62-57 on Wednesday in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
The ninth-seeded Hurricanes (21-10) advanced to play top-seeded and sixth-ranked North Carolina in the first quarterfinal Thursday afternoon, seemingly solidifying their spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Meanwhile, the Orange took an untimely loss that could leave them sweating out Selection Sunday.
No. 8 seed Syracuse (18-14) fell to 0-3 in the ACC Tournament and 2-11 this season away from home, a mark that might not go over very well with the committee that sets the 68-team field for the NCAAs.
Orange coach Jim Boeheim remained tied on the NCAA list with fellow Hall of Famer Bob Knight at 902 career Division I wins. They trail only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who had 1,066 going into the Blue Devils' game Wednesday against Clemson.