McClellan, Rodriguez Lead Miami to Semifinals
6 – Virginia Tech82883 – Miami
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|McClellan||21||Murphy / Jekiri||5|
|McClellan / Rodriguez||3-6||Reed / Rodriguez||3|
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheldon McClellan scored 21 points and fellow senior guardAngel Rodriguez had 19 to help No. 11 Miami beat Virginia Tech 88-82 on Thursday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
Miami (25-6) advanced to play No. 4 Virginia in the semifinals Friday night. All four top seeds won in the quarterfinals, with No. 7 North Carolina and defending tournament champion Notre Dame also advancing.
McClellan and Rodriguez combined for 31 points in the second half.
Guard Seth Allen thrived on drawing fouls and led Virginia Tech (19-13) with 31 points, including 17 free throws. Leading scorer Zach LeDay was held to 12 points in limited action.
Miami was determined to start strong and led by as many as 10 in the first half. The Hokies closed out the half on an 11-2 run to the delight of orange-and-maroon heavy crowd.
Rodriguez heated up early in the second, hitting 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions and stealing the ball from Justin Bibbs for an easy layup. LeDay and the Hokies’ emotions started boiling over trailing by 11.
The hole got deeper, and McClellan’s wide-open 3 with 12:18 was Miami’s sixth straight made field goal and boosted the deficit to 15. After Miami’s Tonye Jekiri was called for a technical foul and the free throws piled up, Virginia Tech trimmed it to six with 1:19 left.
The Hurricanes made enough free throws down the stretch to seal a trip to the conference semifinals and set up a date with Virginia.
Miami: Backup point guard Ja’Quan Newton scored 10 points in his return from a three-game absence. … Coach Jim Larranaga returned to Verizon Center, where he advanced to the Final Four with George Mason in 2006.
Miami: Faces fourth-ranked Virginia in the semifinals Friday.
Miami 88, Virginia Tech 82 – Postgame Notes
-Miami’s win over Virginia Tech handed the Hurricanes their 13th all-time win in the ACC Tournament.
-Miami made their ninth all-time appearance in the Quarterfinal Round of the ACC Tournament. The Hurricanes are now 3-6 all-time in the Quarterfinal Round of the ACC Tournament.
-With the win, Miami earned its third all-time trip to the ACC Tournament Semifinal Round. Miami is 1-1 all-time in the ACC Semifinals.
– With the win, Miami improved to 19-13 in the all-time series against Virginia Tech, which dates back to the 2000-01 season. The Hurricanes are 4-2 all-time in neutral site meetings against Virginia Tech.
-Miami defeated the Hokies in two of the three meetings this season.
-The Hurricanes have defeated Virginia Tech in each of the past three ACC Tournaments.
– The win moved Miami to 99-41 all-time as a ranked team. The Hurricanes improved to 51-21 as a ranked team since joining the ACC.
-Miami led by as many as 15 points.
-The Hurricanes trailed by one point with 19:27 to go in the game, but Miami responded with a 17-4 run over the next four minutes to take a 50-38 lead. The Hurricanes did not trail for the remainder of the game.
-Miami had five players score in double figures. Miami improved to 15-3 when four or more players score in double figures.
– Miami led 33-32 at the half. The Hurricanes improved to 20-1 when leading at the half.
– With the win, Head Coach Jim Larrañaga now has a 586-389 overall record in his 32nd season as a head coach. He is 116-55 in his fifth season at the University of Miami.
– With 21 points against Virginia Tech, senior guard Sheldon McClellan scored in double-digits for the 19th straight game and for the 27th time this season. The last contest McClellan did not reach double figures was Dec. 29th against Princeton.
-McClellan’s 21-point effort marked the eighth game where he has scored 20-or-more points.
-Senior guard Angel Rodriguez poured in 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting. It marked the 22nd time this season he has scored in double figures.
-Rodriguez’s 19 points tied a season high.
-Rodriguez also dished out nine assists. His nine assists were the most ever by a Hurricane in the ACC Tournament.
-Junior guard Davon Reed finished in double figures for the 19th time this season. Reed also has finished in double figures in nine of the last 10 games.
-Reed scored 10 of the Hurricanes first 17 points.
-Reed finished the game with 17 points.
-Reed also tied a season high with three steals. His three steals were a game high.