GREENSBORO, N.C. — Michael Snaer hit four free throws in the final 22.4 seconds to help reigning champion Florida State hold off Clemson, 73-69, on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Snaer finished with 10 points for the sixth-seeded Seminoles (18-14), who let a 14-point lead with three minutes left slip to a single bucket late. But Snaer’s last two free throws with 6.9 seconds left made it a two-possession game and helped FSU hang on.
Okaro White scored a career-high 24 points for FSU, while Terrance Shannon added 12 — including 6 straight to spark a 14-3 second-half run that helped the Seminoles take control after trailing by 10 in the first half.
Florida State advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals to face third-seeded North Carolina.
Jordan Roper had 18 points to lead the Tigers (13-18), who lost their seventh straight to close their worst season in nine years.
Maryland 75, Wake Forest 62 — Dez Wells scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lift the Terrapins.
Alex Len and Seth Allen added 11 points for the seventh-seeded Terrapins (21-11).
The Terrapins held the Demon Deacons (13-18) without a field goal for a critical 8½-minute stretch while using a late 24-8 run to pull away for their seventh straight win in the series. Maryland will face No. 2 Duke in the quarterfinals Friday night.
N.C. State 80, Virginia Tech 63 — Richard Howell scored 22 points with 12 rebounds and Lorenzo Brown led the defensive effort on league player of the year Erick Green to help the Wolfpack topple the Hokies.
C.J. Leslie scored 15 points for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (23-9), who shot 52.8 percent (28 of 53) and took control with an 11-0 second-half run. N.C. State led by 17 points after that spurt and did not let the 12th-seeded the Hokies (13-19) get the margin under double figures again.
Brown had 9 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds, but did his best work as a nagging defense presence against Green — the nation’s leading scorer at 25.4 points per game. Green finished with 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for one more frustrating ACC tournament performance in the senior’s final game. The Wolfpack advanced to the quarterfinals to face fourth-seeded Virginia.