No. 7 Duke beats N.C. State 75-67, heads to ACC finals
- North Carolina State's Kyle Washington, right, fouls Duke's Jabari Parker, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jabari Parker scored 20 points and No. 7 Duke beat North Carolina State 75-67 on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points for the third-seeded Blue Devils (26-7) while Rodney Hood had 14 points and keyed the defensive effort against ACC player of the year T.J. Warren.
Duke earned its 31st championship game appearance and first since 2011.
The Blue Devils will play No. 6 Virginia on Sunday. Duke's 69-65 win in January stood as the Cavaliers' lone conference loss until Maryland beat them last week.
Warren scored 21 points but was just 4 of 13 after halftime while facing a barrage of double teams.
The seventh-seeded Wolfpack (21-13), playing their third game in three days, shot just 36 percent in the second half - after hitting 67 percent in the opening half - and were denied their first title game berth since 2007.
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3/15/2014 5:46:22 PM (GMT -4:00)