Duke jumped on Pitt early and never let up in running to a 96-69 victory in the ACC tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. The Blue Devils (24-8) advanced to meet No. 1 seed Miami Friday at 7 p.m. in the semifinal round. In winning their seventh straight game, their 96 points marked a season-high, besting the 92 points they scored on Delaware on Nov. 18. Freshman center Kyle Filipowski led the way with 22 points for Duke — including four 3-pointers — on 8 of 10 shooting from the field. Filipowski only played 15 minutes in the game due to an ankle injury he suffered three minutes into the game.
Pitt (22-11) was limited to just 5-for-18 shooting from 3-point range after making 7-for-18 attempts in its second round win over Georgia Tech. Duke, which led by as many as 36 points, was able to rest its starters as none of them played more than 27 minutes.
Duke’s 7-foot center Kyle Filipowski turned his left ankle just three minutes into the ACC tournament quarterfinal game against Pitt. Fortunately for the Blue Devils, it wasn’t bad enough to keep him out of the lineup. Filipowski had to be helped off the court with 17:27 on the clock and sat with his left leg up on row of chairs as athletic trainers worked on his ankle and appeared to re-tape it. He ran the hallway by the team locker room, which is beginning to be a trend at the ACC tournament. Florida State’s Matt Cleveland and North Carolina’s Armando Bacot had the same routine after both dealt with ankle problems.
And just like Cleveland and Bacot, Filipowski returned to the game. He checked back in with Duke leading 16-6 with 11:16 remaining in the first half. Filipowski, the ACC’s Freshman of the Year, had already made two 3-pointers to open the game for the Blue Devils as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead. He turned his ankle while trying to dribble past Pitt’s Blake Hinson. Duke turned to a smaller lineup with him out of the game, inserting Dariq Whitehead in his place. Filipowski, along with freshman Mark Mitchell, are the only two Duke players to start in every game this season. He entered the game averaging 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds for this season.
MIAMI 74, WAKE FOREST 72 This time, Davien Williamson’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer was off-line and top-seeded Miami survived. After Wake Forest mounted a furious comeback from 18 points down in the final 10 minutes, Williamson’s half-court heave didn’t fall to complete it didn’t fall and Miami beat Wake Forest, 74-72, in the ACC tournament quarterfinals Thursday at Greensboro Coliseum.
Just one day earlier, Williamson’s 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left delivered Wake Forest a 77-74 win over Syracuse. Instead, No. 9 seed Wake Forest (19-14) saw its tournament run end while No. 14-ranked Miami (25-6) advanced to Friday night’s semifinals to play either Duke or Pittsburgh.
Miami hit 10 of its first 12 shots of the second half, a blitz that helped it build a 61-43 lead with 9:51 to play. But Tyree Appleby (24 points, five assists), Cam Hildreth (17 points) and Williamson (14 points) helped Wake Forest chip away at the deficit. Alas, the Demon Deacons never caught up. Hildreth’s halfcourt heave at the end of the first half would have helped, but was a fraction of a second late.