ACC Roundup: Harris' 19 lead No. 17 Virginia past Terps, 61-53

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 01:02 AM

Joe Harris hasn't had to score as much this season for No. 17 Virginia as he did a year ago. When the Cavaliers had their hands full with Maryland on Monday night, though, Harris showed he can still carry the day.

Harris scored 19 points, 16 after halftime, and Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 in the Terrapins' last visit as an ACC rival.

"We were having trouble scoring the ball a little bit tonight and things weren't coming as smoothly as they have been in the past, so I think he tried to put it in his hands, and he did," guard Malcolm Brogdon said of Harris.

Brogdon added 14 points and Akil Mitchell had 13 for the Cavaliers (20-5, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who continued their best start in conference play since the 1981-82 team opened 12-1.

"There's a reason they're 11-1 in the league," Terps coach Mark Turgeon said. "When the game was on the line, their seniors stepped up, made some big plays for them. The defense stepped up."

Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four.

Miami defeats Florida State 77-73

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Miami coach Jim Larranaga switched up his starting lineup Monday and played five seniors for the first time all season. With just two Atlantic Coast Conference wins, the Hurricanes needed something to change.

Miami exploded offensively during the 77-73 victory against rival Florida State, scoring the most points since an 84-69 win against Texas Southern in the fourth game of the year. The win was just the third in conference play and the second on the road against the Seminoles in eight attempts.

"From my point of view that's the best we've played at both ends of the court," Larranaga said. "I thought our defense was strong in the first half. Not until Ian Miller went on a roll right at the end of the half did I get concerned.

"I like those seniors and the way they responded to the challenge that was put to them. This is your last go round. You have eight games left. How do you want to remember it? Tonight they showed that they really want to go out playing better basketball and winning some of these close games."

Donnavan Kirk scored a team-high 16 points for Miami (12-12, 3-8 ACC) as Rion Brown finished with 14 and Tonye Jekiri chipped in 15. Erik Swoope and Raphael Akpejiori made their first starts of the season with the lineup change.

The victory was just the Hurricanes' second in their last eight games.

Miller scored 13 for Florida State (14-10, 5-7) in his first game back from an ankle injury. Devon Bookert scored 17 and Aaron Thomas had 16 in the loss. The Seminoles have lost 6 of 8.