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Larkin leads No. 9 Miami past BC 69-58 at ACCs

Saturday - 3/16/2013, 12:00am  ET

Miami's Shane Larkin, left, drives past Boston College's Patrick Heckmann, right, and Ryan Anderson, front, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

JOEDY McCREARY
AP Sports Writer

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- It doesn't matter whether Shane Larkin is passing the ball or taking it from the other team. The Miami point guard always wants to keep his teammates involved.

Larkin scored 15 of his 20 points after halftime to help the ninth-ranked Hurricanes pull away and beat Boston College 69-58 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Kenny Kadji added 15 points and Trey McKinney Jones finished with 12 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (25-6), who got a serious scare from eighth-seeded BC (16-17) before advancing to a semifinal matchup Saturday with fifth-seeded North Carolina State, which beat Virginia in another quarterfinal.

Miami let an early 13-point lead disappear, then shot nearly 70 percent in the second half while making all the plays down the stretch to avoid becoming the ACC's first No. 1 seed to lose its tournament opener since 1997.

And the Hurricanes -- who have won at least one ACC tournament game in eight of their 10 seasons in the league -- have Larkin to thank for their latest escape.

"By adding Shane to that group (of seniors), he adds an element that allows all of them to play better," coach Jim Larannaga said. "He's so good at what he does. A lot of times you'll see (Larkin) in the first half try to get the ball to (his teammates), and then the second half starts, he starts to pick his spots to attack and score or find the open man. We absolutely needed that."

Patrick Heckmann finished with 15 points for the Eagles, and his 3-pointer with 3
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