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No. 2 Orange hold off Hurricanes to stay perfect

CORAL GABLES, Fla. No. 2 Syracuse held Miami without a basket for 7 1/2 minutes down the stretch Saturday and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten with a 64-52 victory against the Hurricanes.

Miami led 47-46 with less than 7 minutes to go but made only one field goal the rest of the way.

Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 ) needs one more victory to tie the school record for most wins to start a season, set two years ago. The ACC newcomers beat defending league champion Miami (10-9, 2-5) for the second time in three weeks.

Both teams played zone defense and made points tough to come by for long stretches. The game was nearly 30 minutes old before either side made a fast-break basket.

Jerami Grant scored 16 points to lead the Orange, who had a 39-24 rebounding advantage.

Davon Reed scored 16 points for the Hurricanes, who kept it close by shooting 9 of 17 from 3-point range.

No. 20 Pittsburgh 83, Maryland 79: Lamar Patterson scored 28 points and the visiting Panthers complete their first regular-season sweep as a member of the ACC.

Pittsburgh (18-2, 6-1) never trailed in the second half against the struggling Terrapins, who lost by 20 to the Panthers on Jan. 6. Although this game was significantly closer than the first one, Maryland (11-9, 3-4) simply couldn’t contain Patterson, a 6-foot-5 senior who fell just short of matching his career high of 30 points.

Patterson went 8 for 14 from floor and made 12 of 14 free throws. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists.

Talib Zanna scored 16 for the Panthers and James Robinson had 13. Pittsburgh next faces Duke at home on Monday night.

Virginia 65, Virginia Tech 45: Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points, Joe Harris had 12 and streaking Virginia closed the first half on a 21-6 run and cruised to its fourth straight victory against Virginia Tech.

The host Cavaliers (15-5, 6-1) matched their best start in conference play in 31 years. In all six of their ACC victories, they have led by at least 20 points in the second half.

Devin Wilson scored 12 to lead the Hokies (8-11, 1-6), who lost their sixth in a row. The Hokies again played without Adam Smith, their No. 3 scorer , who is out with a strained left calf.

Virginia Tech scored seven of the first nine points after halftime to get within 36-24, but Virginia responded by pushing its lead as high as 23 and coach Tony Bennett substituted liberally at the finish.

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