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Swoope, Brown help cold-shooting Miami hold off Virginia Tech 57-53 in ACC tournament opener

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    Miami's Davon Reed, bottom, reaches in on Virginia Tech's Jarell Eddie, top, during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) (The Associated Press)

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    Virginia Tech's Marshall Wood (33) shoots over Miami's Tonye Jekiri (23) during the first half of a first-round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (The Associated Press)

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    Miami head coach Jim Larranaga, center, talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of a first-round NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) (The Associated Press)

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    Miami's Rion Brown (15) grabs a rebound in front of Virginia Tech's Joey Van Zegeren (2) during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (The Associated Press)

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    Miami's Garrius Adams (25) tries to drive around Virginia Tech's Joey Van Zegeren (2) during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) (The Associated Press)

Erik Swoope scored 14 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 2:42 left to help Miami beat Virginia Tech 57-53 in Wednesday's first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Rion Brown scored 15 points to lead the 10th-seeded Hurricanes (17-15), who hit four free throws in the final 8 seconds to hang on against the last-place Hokies (9-22). Miami shot just 39 percent but the reigning tournament champion did just enough to advance, hitting 16 of 19 free throws.

Swoope was credited with a block on Jarell Eddie under the basket when Eddie beat him to an offensive rebound after a missed free throw in the final seconds. Swoope got the rebound and hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to seal it.

Miami advanced to Thursday's second round to face seventh-seeded North Carolina State and league player of the year T.J. Warren.