Winning close games: North Carolina does, Duke doesn’t

No. 3 North Carolina Holds Off Miami, 69-65

Ty Lawson was his best when it mattered most. Lawson sealed the game with a 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left, and No. 3 North Carolina held off a huge comeback bid from Miami on the way to a 69-65 win Sunday night.

Lawson had 21 points and Wayne Ellington added 15 for North Carolina (23-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). But even combined, they barely topped Miami’s Jack McClinton, who led all scorers with a dazzling 35 points–doing so with 15 NBA scouts in attendance.

Brian Asbury scored 12 for Miami (15-9, 4-7), which has lost six of its last eight, its last two now to Duke and the Tar Heels by a combined five points.

BC Men’s Basketball Upsets No. 6 Duke, 80-74

Boston College shocked another one of the top Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Reggie Jackson broke the game’s final tie with a drive with 47.2 seconds left and the Eagles scored the final six points in an 80-74 victory over No. 6 Duke on Sunday, their first win over the Blue Devils in 24 years.

Tyrese Rice had 21 points, including a key 3-pointer, and Joe Trapani added 20 for the Eagles (19-8, 7-5). Jackson finished with 15 points.

It was BC’s second win over a highly ranked team this season. The Eagles handed then-No. 1 North Carolina its first loss, 85-78, in Chapel Hill on Jan. 4.

Cavaliers Upset No. 12 Clemson 85-81 in Overtime

Sylven Landesberg scored six of his 23 points in overtime Sunday and Virginia beat No. 12 Clemson 85-81, ending an eight-game losing streak.

Landesberg’s driving basket with 13.4 seconds left in regulation tied it at 74, and he had the last six points in a 10-5 run to start the extra period for the Cavaliers (8-13, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), whose only other league victory came in overtime at Georgia Tech.

Terrence Oglesby had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Tigers (20-4, 6-4), but his leaning attempt with about 8 seconds left was well off the mark. When Jamil Tucker grabbed that rebound for Virginia and was fouled, the Cavaliers had their first win since Jan. 6, against Brown.

Mike Scott added 18 points, 15 after halftime, and Sammy Zeglinski had 15 for Virginia. The Tigers got 16 points from Trevor Booker and 15 from K.C. Rivers.