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ACC Tournament 2011: Miami Leads Virginia 31-25 At Halftime In First-Round Game

The 2011 ACC Tournament is underway in Greensboro, with No. 8 seed Virginia taking on No. 9 Miami in the day's first game. Virginia led for much of the way early, but Miami rallied late and leads by a score of 31-25 at halftime.

The Cavaliers led 23-20 with eight minutes remaining, but their offense really struggled in the final eight minutes. Miami went on a 11-2 run to close the half, holding Virginia to just one field goal during that stretch. 

Rion Brown is leading the way for Miami with nine points on 3-3 shooting from three-point range. The freshman guard hit all of his threes early, and has already doubled his points average. His shooting opened up the inside for backup center Julian Gamble, who scored seven points. Mustapha Farrakhan and Sammy Zeglinski lead Virginia with seven points apiece, but the rest of the team has scored just five field goals combined. 

Miami is winning on the strength of its three-point shooting, hitting 6-14 from beyond the arc. This is a surprise, given the interior strength of Reggie Johnson, who has just two points.

The Cavaliers enter the game with a 16-14 record overall, while Miami is at 18-13. A nice run in this tournament should easily solidify an NIT berth for either team.