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Blue Devils Survive Hurricanes in ACC Semifinals
Courtesy: Associated Press
Release: 03/04/2017
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CONWAY, S.C. (AP)Lexie Brown scored 20 points, including five key ones down the stretch, to help No. 13 Duke beat 16th-ranked Miami 57-52 on Saturday in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

The Blue Devils, who have won 10 straight games, advanced to the conference championship for the first time since 2014. Duke (27-4) will play No. 3 Notre Dame on Sunday, the team the Blue Devils lost to in their last appearance in the title game.

Trailing 52-51 with 1:27 left, Brown hit two free throws to give Duke the lead. The Blue Devils then forced a shot clock violation on the Hurricanes next possession. Brown, a redshirt junior, then converted a three-point play to give Duke a 56-52 lead.

Miami came up empty on its next possession and Kyra Lambert hit a free throw to seal the win.

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Keyona Hayes scored 17 points to lead the Hurricanes (23-8).

It was a back and forth contest where Duke led 51-46 before Miami scored six straight to take the lead on Emese Hof's layup with 1:54 left.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Miami: Earned the seven seed in the tournament and beat Georgia Tech on Thursday before topping Florida State 59-58 on Friday.

Duke: Earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and routed Syracuse 68-46 on Friday.

BIG PICTURE

Miami: The Hurricanes were trying to reach the ACC Tournament final for the first time in school history. Miami last was in a conference tournament final when they won back-to-back championships in the Big East in 1992 and 1993. ... Coach Katie Meier starred at Duke as a player from 1986-90. She is fifth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,761 points and was the ACC rookie of the year in 1986. The Canes also have other Duke connections as assistant coaches

Duke: The Blue Devils current hot streak gives them a good chance to get one of the top few seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

UP NEXT:

Miami: Waits for NCAA Tournament.

Duke: Faces top-seed Notre Dame on Sunday in ACC Tournament title game.

 

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