Saturday, March 15, 2008

VIRGINIA TECH 63, MIAMI 49

ACC Bubble Report: Tech in, Canes out.

A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney scored 15 points apiece and Virginia Tech continued its late-season surge with a 63-49 win over Miami on Friday in the ACC tournament.

Deron Washington shook off a slow start to add 14 points and 12 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Hokies (19-12), who kept their NCAA tournament hopes alive and earned a date with top-ranked North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals.

Virginia Tech, coming in without a signature win to impress the NCAA committee, pulled away in the second half with a smothering defense against the fifth-seeded Hurricanes (22-10), who believe they've already locked up a spot in the NCAA field.

Miami, which beat North Carolina State in Thursday's first-round, went more than 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal in Virginia Tech's decisive run and couldn't overcome a second straight subpar game from its top scorer.

Jack McClinton scored 16 points, but was only 4-of-17 from the field and 3-of-11 from 3-point range.

Eddie Rios #5 of the Miami Hurricanes goes up for a shot against Malcolm Delaney #23 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during day two of the ACC Basketball Tournament. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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