- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Gerald Henderson scored the go-ahead basket with 34.8 seconds remaining and No. 9 Duke held on for a 66-65 ACC tournament victory over Boston College on Friday night.

Rakim Sanders missed a last-second 3-pointer for Boston College after missing a jumper with 17.8 seconds left.

Kyle Singler matched his career high with 26 points, Henderson had 16 and Jon Scheyer had 14 for Duke (26-6), which will face Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals on Saturday.

The Eagles called a timeout with 5.5 seconds left to set up a final play, but Sanders’ 3-point attempt bounced off the rim.

Tyrese Rice had 17 points and Biko Paris added 15 for Boston College (22-11).

Duke trailed by eight points early in the second half before recovering on the strength of its 3-point shooting. Scheyer had four 3-pointers and Singler added three.

Duke avoided the upset wave that already claimed two Top 25 teams in the tournament’s first two days. Georgia Tech beat No. 17 Clemson on Thursday, and Maryland beat No. 8 Wake Forest on Friday.

Two ranked teams will meet in Saturday’s first semifinal, No. 1 North Carolina and No. 22 Florida State.

Boston College recovered from a slow start to lead 29-22 at halftime. Sanders scored about 30 seconds into the game, and the Eagles went 8:10 before scoring again on a putback by Corey Raji.

Duke couldn’t take advantage of Boston College’s long scoring drought, leading only 11-2 on a 3-pointer by Singler before Raji’s first basket sparked a 15-6 run that tied it at 17.

Rice had only 9 points in Thursday’s win over Virginia, only his third game in single figures this season. Rice was scoreless before sinking a 3-pointer with 4:44 remaining in the first half, and he added another 3 with only a second left in the half.

Rice immediately turned to press row and yelled “I’m not playing no more.”

Rice scored early in the second half to give Boston College a 34-26 lead, but Duke answered with four 3-pointers in the next 2:30, including two by Scheyer.

Duke led 57-49 after Singler’s 3, but Trapani scored back-to-back baskets and Biko Paris added a 3-pointer with 4:44 remaining, leaving the Blue Devils with a 57-56 lead.

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