GREENSBORO — Sunday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum, the regular season ACC Champions completed the sweep and took the conference tournament crown as well.
The Miami Hurricanes (27-6) out paced the North Carolina men’s basketball team (24-10) in the title game and won 87-77 to claim the program’s first ACC Title.
Shane Larkin was named MVP of the tournament for his week-long efforts that culminated in a fantastic showing Sunday. Larkin finished the championship game with a career-high 28 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Trey McKinney Jones added 20 points for the Hurricanes and he made six of nine attempts from long-range.
Durand Scott added only six points but battled through a back injury he sustained in the first minute of the ball game.
“Shane and Durand have huge hearts,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said after the game. “They’ve led this team from the start. Their teammates have followed their lead and given us the toughness that it takes to win a tournament like this against the best teams in the conference.”
The Tar Heels held a lead with about eight minutes left in the game but Miami rattled off a 22-8 to seal the win.
North Carolina sophomore P.J. Hairston did his best to match the offensive output of Larkin and McKinney Jones as he gave the Tar Heels 28 points of his own. Hairston was nine-for-17 from the floor and knocked down six 3-pointers.
Hairston and Reggie Bullock were both named to the All-Tournament first team.