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McClellan Scores 16 in ACC Tournament Win

McClellan Scores 16 in ACC Tournament Win



Miami5949Virginia Tech

TEAM COMPARISON
  UM
VT
Points 59 49
FGM-A 20-47 21-52
FG% 43 40
3 FGM-A 5-14 3-15
3 FG% 36 20
FTM-A 14-18 4-8
FT% 78 50
Rebounds 33 26
Assists 9 8
Turnovers 8 9
Blocks 4 1
TEAM LEADERS
  UM
VT
Points McClellan – 16 2 tied – 10
Rebounds Jekiri – 8 Hill – 6
Assists Lecomte – 5 Wilson – 4
Blocks 4 tied – 1 Pierce – 1
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Sheldon McClellan | Jr. | G
McClellan led all scorers with 16 points Wednesday night, fueling the offensive effort in the win.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP)Sheldon McClellan scored 16 points and Miami beat Virginia Tech 59-49 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Davon Reed added 10 points and hit an important 3-pointer with about 5 minutes left that helped the sixth-seeded Hurricanes (21-11) avoid a loss that would have been catastrophic to their NCAA tournament hopes.

The Hurricanes will face No. 11 Notre Dame (26-5), the tournament’s third seed, in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Adam Smith and Ahmed Hill each scored 10 points for the 14th-seeded Hokies (11-22), who gave the Hurricanes all they could handle. Miami – which twice this season beat Virginia Tech by at least 21 points – never led by double figures until the final minute.

Noteworthy

Game Notes

* With the win over Virginia Tech, Miami collected its 21st win on the year and its third win over the Hokies this season.

* With the win, the Hurricanes will face No. 3 seed Notre Dame Thursday night at 9 p.m.

* Miami’s win over Virginia Tech improved the Hurricanes record to 12-9 all-time in the ACC Tournament.

* Miami opened the game with Tonye Jekiri, James Palmer, Sheldon McClellan, Davon Reed and Manu Lecomte.

* Miami is 2-0 with this starting five.

* This is the second time this season Miami has started a game with these five players.

* This is just the fourth game this season in which Angel Rodriguez did not start.

* The Hurricanes committed just 8 turnovers on the night. Miami improved to 18-11 when committing 15-or-less turnovers.

* Miami held a 33-26 rebounding advantage. The Hurricanes improved to 13-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

* Junior center Tonye Jekiri scored the Hurricanes’ first basket at the 18:59 of the first half.

* Miami led at the half 25-19. The Hurricanes improved to 12-3 when leading at the half this season.

Series Notes

* Miami improved to 17-12 all-time against Virginia Tech with the win.

* Miami has defeated Virginia Tech in each of the last four meetings.

* The Hurricanes moved to 3-2 all-time against Virginia Tech in games held on neutral courts.

* Miami has now won each of the last four meetings against Virginia Tech.

* Head coach Jim Larrañaga improved to 7-2 all-time against Virginia Tech.

Individual Notes

* Redshirt junior Sheldon McClellan scored in double figures for the 26th time this season.

* He also has scored in double figures in nine of the Hurricanes’ last 10 games.

* Redshirt junior guard Angel Rodriguez saw his first action since Miami’s matchup against North Carolina on Feb. 28.

* Sophomore guard Davon Reed scored in double figures for the ninth time season as he finished with 10 points.

Head Coach Jim Larrañaga

* Head coach Jim Larrañaga improved to 557-381 overall in his 31st season as a head coach.

* He is 87-47 in his fourth season at the University of Miami, with a 42-29 mark in ACC play.