Miami Holds Off Virginia Tech to Advance to ACC Semifinals

Angel Rodriguez speaks to the Media - Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Angel Rodriguez speaks to the Media – Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Miami used a 14-2 run early in the second half to propel themselves past Virginia Tech 88-82. During the run, senior guard Angel Rodriguez knocked down three triples and had a steal and layup, scoring 11 of those 14 Hurricane points.

Like UNC and Virginia earlier before, Miami struggled to get out of the gate, shooting 2-9 from deep in the first half. Rodriguez picked up a couple of early fouls and played 11 first half minutes as the Canes held just a 33-32 lead at the break.

But Rodriguez and fellow senior Sheldon McClellan really picked things up in the second half. The 14-2 run was just 4 minutes into the half and pushed the lead up to 12.

But credit to Virginia Tech who slowly chipped away at the lead late to keep the game close as Seth Allen scored a game and season-high 31 points.

Five Hurricanes were in double-figures led by McClellan’s 21 points on 8-12 shooting and 3-6 from deep. Rodriguez finished with 19 points on 5-10 from the floor and 5-5 from the line, while dishing out 9 assists.

Davon Reed was the Cane that got going early in the first half, scoring 10 of Miami’s first 17 points, alternating threes and dunks. Reed finished with 17 on 5-9 shooting.

Miami gets Virginia in the nightcap of the New York Life ACC Tournament semifinals. The two split the season series, each winning at home.

Scott Zolotorow