Thursday, March 13, 2008

MIAMI 63, N.C. STATE 50

North Carolina State's super frosh J.J. Hickson showed up, nobody else much did. Jack McClinton had an off night for the Canes and still the Pack couldn't compete.

James Dews scored 14 points Thursday to help Miami beat North Carolina State 63-50 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Lance Hurdle added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists for the fifth-seeded Hurricanes (22-9), who advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to face fourth-seeded Virginia Tech as they continue to chase an NCAA tournament berth.

J.J. Hickson had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the 12th-seeded Wolfpack (15-16), who turned in an offensive performance befitting its last-place ACC finish in a miserable season. Picked to finish third in the league, N.C. State shot just 34 percent, including 2-for-15 from 3-point range, and relied entirely on its star freshman to make every play.

N.C. State suffered its ninth straight loss. Its last win came against the Hokies on Feb. 5.

James Dews #23 of the Miami Hurricanes moves the ball as he is bumped by Trevor Ferguson #15 of the North Carolina Wolfpack during Day 1 of the 2008 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Bobcats Arena on March 13, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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