ACC Basketball: Miami, Florida State win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 21, 2009

Associated Press
The ACC roundup …
CORAL GABLES, Fla. ó The night before their latest matchup, friendly ACC rivals Jack McClinton and Tyrese Rice had dinner together at a burger joint, comparing their teams’ chances of making the NCAA tournament.
On Saturday, McClinton gave his Miami Hurricanes’ shaky prospects a boost. He scored 22 points and Miami tied a season high with 11 3-pointers to beat Rice and Boston College, 69-58.
Miami (16-10 overall, 5-8 ACC) broke a three-game losing streak. The Hurricanes need a strong finish to make the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.
Boston College (19-9, 7-6) has more margin for error, which may be why the Hurricanes looked like the hungrier team at the outset. Rice was held scoreless for the first 161/2 minutes and finished 3-for-15 against Miami’s zone defense. He totaled 11 points, seven below his average.
“That’s just how it is,” Rice said. “You can’t be on every night.”
FSU 67, Va. Tech 65
BLACKSBURG, Va. ó Toney Douglas scored 22 points, including a tie-breaking runner with 6 seconds remaining, and Florida State beat Virginia Tech 67-65.
Derwin Kitchen added a career-high 19 points and Uche Echefu had 12 for the Seminoles (21-6, 8-4 ACC), who won for the fifth time in six games.
The Hokies (16-10, 6-6) got 25 points from Malcolm Delaney and 15 from A.D. Vassallo, but Vassallo missed an open 3-pointer from the top of the key just as the buzzer sounded.