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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Shane Larkin scored 28 points and ninth-ranked Miami completed an Atlantic Coast Conference sweep by winning the conference tournament in a 3-point shootout with North Carolina.

The Hurricanes prevailed 87-77 against the third-seed Tar Heels on Sunday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Top-seeded Miami won in its first appearance in the ACC tournament title game.

Trey McKinney Jones poured in 20 points for Miami, which made 12 of 22 shots from 3-point range. Rion Brown had 12 points and Julian Gamble, in more close-to-the-basket fashion, scored nine of his 11 points in the second half.

Miami (27-6), which is in line for a No. 1 regional seed in the NCAA Tournament, finally broke ahead in the final minutes in front of an overwhelmingly pro-Tar Heels crowd.

P.J. Hairston scored 28 points for North Carolina. The Tar Heels had 13 3-point baskets.

North Carolina (24-10), aiming for its first ACC tournament crown since 2008 and its 18th overall, led 65-61 before the Hurricanes rattled off an 11-2 run. During that stretch, Hairston picked up his fourth foul with 5:26 to play.

Marcus Paige tallied 17 points for North Carolina.

The Tar Heels went 4-for-4 on 3s to start the second half, giving them 12 for the game with 15 1/2 minutes to play.

Hairston, his left hand bandaged from a cut sustained Friday night, drained 3-pointers on three consecutive first-half possessions. Miami nearly matched those with three jumpers, two from 3-point range.

Larkin hit a 3 and Miami was up 39-35 as part of eight consecutive scoring possessions for the Hurricanes.

Down 42-35, the Tar Heels answered with 3s from Paige and Hairston before Larkin's runner at the end of the half made it 44-41.

Miami's Durand Scott, who was the star with 32 points a day earlier in a semifinal against North Carolina State, left 26 seconds into the game clutching his back. He returned by the 13-minute mark of the half.

Scott scored on consecutive possessions as the Hurricanes closed within 18-17. He finished with six points.

Fifteen of the game's 32 first-half field goals were 3-pointers.

Notes: Not only was it Miami's first ACC tournament title appearance, it was the Hurricanes' first conference tournament championship game in basketball in any league. ... North Carolina coach Roy Williams was denied his 700th career coaching victory. Williams is 699-179. ... North Carolina has won 90 games all-time in the ACC Tournament. Duke has the most with 91. ... North Carolina fell to 8-5 in ACC tournament finals in Greensboro. ... North Carolina will have to win its NCAA Tournament opener to notch its 34th 25-win season. ... Miami won both regular-season meetings -- 68-59 on Jan. 10 in Chapel Hill and 87-61 on Feb. 9 in Coral Gables, Fla.
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