Richard Howell scored 22 points with 12 rebounds while Lorenzo Brown led the defensive effort on league player of the year Erick Green to help North Carolina State beat Virginia Tech 80-63 in Thursday's first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
C.J. Leslie scored 15 points for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (23-9), who shot 52.8 percent (28 of 53) and took control with an 11-0 second-half run. N.C. State led by 17 points after that spurt and never let the 12th-seeded Hokies (13-19) get the margin under double figures again.
Brown had nine points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, but did his best work as a nagging defense presence against Green -- the nation's leading scorer at 25.4 points per game. Green finished with 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for one more frustrating ACC tournament performance in the senior's final game.
Jarell Eddie led the Hokies with 21 points. Virginia Tech was 4-of-18 from 3-point territory, and was outrebounded 40-25.
N.C. State moves on to play the University of Virginia at 2 p.m. Friday. Fourth-seeded Virginia had a first-round bye. The Wahoos are coming off a 61-58 overtime win against Maryland.
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BOSTON COLLEGE 84, GEORGIA TECH 64
The ACC's rookie of the year had the highest-scoring game in the tournament by any player regardless of class since 1970 and broke the old mark of 40 set two years ago by North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.
He was 14 of 18, made his final 12 shots and was a one-man show in bringing the eighth-seeded Eagles (16-16) back from an early 15-0 deficit and into a Friday quarterfinal against No. 9 Miami, the tournament's top seed.
Marcus Georges-Hunt had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (16-15), who ended their season by losing five of seven.
Boston College takes on top-seeded Miami at noon Friday.
Maryland 75, Wake Forest 62
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Dez Wells scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Maryland beat pesky Wake Forest 75-62 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Alex Len and Seth Allen added 11 points for the seventh-seeded Terrapins (21-11).
They struggled for about 30 minutes against a Wake Forest team they previously beat twice by a combined 36 points.
But they held the Demon Deacons without a field goal for a critical 8 1/2-minute stretch while using a late 24-8 run to pull away for their seventh straight win in the series. Maryland will face No. 2 Duke, the tournament's second seed, in the quarterfinals Friday night.
C.J. Harris scored 19 points and Devin Thomas added 14 for the 10th-seeded Demon Deacons (13-18). They ended their season by losing 10 of 13 and were denied their first ACC tournament win since 2007.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Snaer hit four free throws in the final 22.4 seconds to help reigning champion Florida State hold off Clemson 73-69 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Snaer finished with 10 points for the sixth-seeded Seminoles (18-14), who let a 14-point lead with 3 minutes left slip to a single bucket late. But his last two free throws with 6.9 seconds showing made it a two-possession game and helped FSU hang on.
Okaro White scored a career-high 24 points for FSU, while Terrance Shannon added 12 -- including six straight to spark a 14-3 second-half run that helped the Seminoles take control after trailing by 10 in the first half.
Florida State advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to face third-seeded North Carolina.
Jordan Roper scored 18 to lead the 11th-seeded Tigers (13-18), who lost their seventh straight to close their worst season in nine years.