Blue Devils find range
Surprising Miami next up for Duke
Jon Scheyer scored 7 of his 15 points during the decisive run that helped fourth-ranked Duke pull away to beat pesky Virginia, 57-46, yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Kyle Singler had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Nolan Smith also had 15 points while Scheyer, the third member of Duke’s Big Three, keyed the 11-0 run that sent them into today’s semifinal against Miami.
Jeff Jones scored 15 points and Mike Scott added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Cavaliers (15-16). They got as close as 46-44 in the final seven minutes, but went scoreless for nearly six minutes and were denied their first semifinal berth since 1995.
ACC — Durand Scott scored 11 of his 17 points in the final six minutes and last-place Miami continued a stunning run in the tournament with a 70-65 quarterfinal victory over Virginia Tech. DeQuan Jones added 14 points for the 12th-seeded Hurricanes (20-12), who had lost 11 of 14 games coming into the postseason . . . Iman Shumpert scored 14 points to lift Georgia Tech past No. 19 Maryland, 69-64. Maurice Miller added 13 points for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (21-11). Greivis Vasquez had 17 points on 6-of-21 shooting for the Terrapins (23-8) . . . Freshman Scott Wood scored 18 points on six 3-pointers to help North Carolina State (19-14) beat Florida State, 58-52.
Big East — Greg Monroe had 23 points and 13 rebounds in New York, and No. 22 Georgetown routed Marquette, 80-57, to reach the title game for the third time in four years. Chris Wright added 15 points for the Hoyas (23-9). Jimmy Butler scored 17 points for Marquette (22-11) . . . Da’Sean Butler scored 24 points to lead seventh-ranked West Virginia (26-6) to a 53-51 victory over Notre Dame in the other semifinal. The Fighting Irish (23-11) had a chance for the win, but Tory Jackson missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left.
SEC — In Nashville, John Wall had 23 points and No. 2 Kentucky overcame an 11-point deficit in beating Alabama, 73-67, in the quarterfinals. Kentucky (30-2), which will play Tennessee today, also got 20 points from Patrick Patterson. Mikhail Torrance led Alabama (17-15) with 20 points . . . Wayne Chism had 16 points and 15 rebounds as No. 15 Tennessee beat Mississippi, 76-65. J.P. Prince added 17 points for the Vols (25-7), who are 7-0 this season when Chism records a double-double . . . Barry Stewart scored 17 points and hit five late free throws as Mississippi State (22-9) held on to defeat Florida, 75-69 . . . John Jenkins poured in 22 of his career-high 25 points in the second half, and No. 20 Vanderbilt (24-7) held off Georgia, 78-66.
Big 12 — Xavier Henry scored 11 points in a 21-2 run that broke a tight game wide open and carried No. 1 Kansas (31-2) past No. 23 Texas A&M, 79-66, in a semifinal in Kansas City. The Aggies (23-9) led by as many as 9 points early in the second half . . . Dominique Sutton had 14 points and 14 rebounds, including an offensive board that led to Jacob Pullen’s 3-pointer with 2:02 left, helping No. 9 Kansas State survive, 82-75, over No. 21 Baylor.
Big Ten — Evan Turner drained a 37-foot shot at the buzzer to give No. 5 Ohio State a 69-68 win over Michigan in the quarterfinals in Indianapolis. The conference player of the year finished with 18 points and eight assists for the Buckeyes (25-7), who advanced to play Illinois. Manny Harris, who led Michigan with 26 points, hit a jumper from 11 feet with 2.2 seconds left to give the Wolverines (15-17) a 68-66 lead . . . Mike Tisdale scored 21 points as fifth-seeded Illinois (19-13) hung on for a 58-54 upset of No. 13 Wisconsin. The Badgers (23-8) were led by Trevon Hughes and Jon Leuer, each with 14 points. The loss ended Wisconsin’s four-game winning streak and prevented coach Bo Ryan from earning his 600th career win . . . E’Twaun Moore tied a career high with 28 points to help No. 6 Purdue beat Northwestern, 69-61, in another quarterfinal . . . Devoe Joseph made two 3-pointers during a 10-0 overtime run and scored 17 points to lead Minnesota past No. 11 Michigan State, 72-67. Raymar Morgan had 23 points for Michigan State (24-8), which played without suspended guard Chris Allen.
Conference USA — Randy Culpepper scored 21 points to lead No. 25 UTEP to a 75-61 victory over host Tulsa in the semifinals. Arnett Moultrie added 18 points for the top-seeded Miners (26-5), who will face Houston in today’s final. The Golden Hurricane (23-11) were paced by Justin Hurtt, who scored a game-high 22 points . . . National scoring leader Aubrey Coleman had 27 points as Houston (18-15) held off Southern Miss, 74-66, to advance to the championship game.
Pac-10 — Jerome Randle scored 24 points and Theo Robertson had 15 of his 20 in the second half as California (23-9) stopped UCLA, 85-72, in the semifinals in Los Angeles . . . Quincy Pondexter scored 19 points as Washington (23-9) defeated Stanford, 79-64, in the other semifinal.
Mountain West — Dairese Gary missed a runner and San Diego State (24-8) escaped with a 72-69 upset of eighth-ranked New Mexico in the semifinals in Las Vegas. The Lobos (29-4) saw their 15-game winning streak snapped, and in all likelihood their hopes of a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament were dashed . . . Tre’Von Willis scored 18 points, Chace Stanback added 17, and Brice Massamba 13 for the third-seeded Runnin’ Rebels (25-7), who upset No. 14 BYU, 70-66.
Patriot — C.J. McCollum scored 20 points to lead Lehigh (22-10) to the title and its first NCAA Tournament berth in six years with a 74-59 win over Lafayette in Bethlehem, Pa.