CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Durand Scott scored 19 points to lead Miami to its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season, beating Boston College 72-71 on Saturday night.
Miami (12-5, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak after dropping ACC road games at Duke and Clemson. Miami improved to 8-0 at home this season in the win against Boston College (13-5, 3-1).
Trailing 68-67 with 20.9 seconds left, Boston College had a chance to take the lead. But Miami backup center Julian Gamble blocked Reggie Jackson's drive. Miami's Garrius Adams then made two free throws for a 70-67 lead.
To avoid a potential tying 3-pointer, Miami put Jackson on the line with 4.1 seconds left. He made the first and missed the second intentionally, hoping a teammate could grab the rebound and hit a tying putback. But Miami's Reggie Johnson grabbed the board and made two free throws to make it 72-68.
Jackson made a largely inconsequential 3-pointer at the buzzer to close the scoring.
Adrian Thomas had 13 points for Miami, and Adams added 12.
Boston College, which entered BankUnited Center making 40 percent of its 3-pointers and leading the ACC with 9.4 made 3 per game, was cold early, missing 11 of its first 13 from beyond the arc.
Miami took advantage, leading 36-35 at halftime on the strength of Thomas' buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
For the game, BC made 8 of 25 3-pointers (32 percent).
Scott, who had just six points at the half, finished strong, making 7 of 15 shots. Johnson, limited to eight first-half minutes because of foul trouble, finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
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