No. 9 Miami beats NC State 81-71 in ACC semifinals

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Durand Scott scored a career-high 32 points to help No. 9 Miami beat North Carolina State 81-71 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals, earning its first trip to the championship game.

Shane Larkin added 23 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (26-6), who led the entire way and by 19 points late in the first half. Miami shot 46 percent behind Scott, a senior guard who went 12-for-18 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point range.

Scott also had a couple of big shots that shut down comeback bids from the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (24-10), who got as close as six after halftime but couldn't dig out of that big hole.

Miami also controlled the boards to score 18 second-chance points to go with 15 points off turnovers.

Now the Hurricanes can turn their attention to adding a tournament title to go with their first regular-season crown in Sunday's final.

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