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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Shane Larkin noticed during warm-ups that something was off with No. 2 Miami. The go-go, uptempo Hurricanes seemed a step slow, and not entirely ready to play.

They certainly paid for it.

Miami's unbeaten start to Atlantic Coast Conference play is history. So is its 14-game winning streak and its highest-ever national ranking, after the Hurricanes were knocked off by Wake Forest 80-65 on Saturday.

"You could just see it tonight. I had a bad feeling coming into warm-ups with everybody going slow," Larkin said. "I was trying to get people to go fast, and I wasn't even going full speed like I should have.

"Overall, we weren't prepared before the game and they came out and punched us in the mouth."

Durand Scott had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Hurricanes (22-4, 13-1), the last of the schools in the six BCS conferences to get its first league loss.

Larkin added 13 points, Trey McKinney Jones had 11 and Kenny Kadji finished with 10.

But Miami never got closer than 11 in the final 9 minutes and was outrebounded 36-35 by the younger, smaller Demon Deacons as the best start to ACC play since Duke's 16-0 mark in 1998-99 came to a surprisingly lopsided end.

"You want to go undefeated, you want to win every game, but you're still in first place," Larkin said. "That's in the past and we're just going to let it stay in the past."

The Hurricanes - whose previous three wins came by a combined 12 points - looked like they had another tight finish in them when Scott capped an 18-8 run with a jumper with 14 1/2 minutes left to make it 46-41.

He added a layup 2 minutes later to pull Miami to 50-45, and it looked as if the Hurricanes were going to find a way to keep their charmed run rolling.

But two possessions later, C.J. Harris turned a turnover into a fast-break dunk that started a 12-0 run that put the Demon Deacons on the fast track to their biggest victory since they knocked off then-No. 1 Duke four years ago when they were in the top five themselves.

"There's been some tough times, so staying with it, fighting through adversity, finally coming on top of a big-time win is amazing," Harris said.

Harris finished with 23 points and hit all five of his 3-pointers while freshman Codi Miler-McIntyre added 15 points for the Demon Deacons (12-14, 5-9).

They shot 54 percent, led by double figures for the entire second half and reeled off 12 straight points to pull away for their biggest victory under third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.

As the final seconds ticked away, Harris and Travis McKie - two of the team's three available non-freshmen on scholarship - exchanged a flying chest-bump before the Wake Forest students rushed the court for the second time in little over a month.

An 86-84 upset of then-No. 18 North Carolina State on Jan. 22 was its biggest victory under Bzdelik.

This one topped it, by far.

"Who would have ever thought Wake Forest beating Miami at home would have been a court-rushing scene?" Larkin said.

McKie finished with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots and Devin Thomas scored 10 points for the Demon Deacons.

"It shows hope, and if everybody has faith in us and the energy stays the way it does every game - at home, at least - that just shows a big future for Wake Forest basketball and the entire program, period," Miller-McIntyre said. "I know it hasn't been so well in the past few years, but we're all trying to put that behind us."

They thoroughly outplayed the Hurricanes from start to finish, hitting shots from all over the court against a Miami team that at times appeared fatigued after gutting out those three tight wins but wouldn't let that excuse fly.

"Wake Forest won this game," said Miami big man Reggie Johnson, a Winston-Salem native. "We had mental lapses on the defensive and offensive end. ... I don't want to take anything away from Wake Forest."

UNC 76, N.C. State 65

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Reggie Bullock had 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State.

Freshman point guard Marcus Paige added 14 points and eight assists for the Tar Heels (19-8, 9-5), who have won three straight games to build momentum and climb the league standings.

North Carolina went ahead for good with an 18-2 run in the second half while holding the Wolfpack to a single basket during a nearly 5-minute stretch.

James Michael McAdoo also scored 14 for UNC, while P.J. Hairston added 12. The Tar Heels also scored 24 points off 17 turnovers to offset the Wolfpack's size advantage.

Scott Wood scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack (19-8, 8-6).

Maryland 72, Clemson 59

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Sophomore Nick Faust had a season-high 18 points as Maryland beat Clemson.

Freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Terrapins (19-8, 7-7), who are 16-2 at home.

Devin Booker scored 16 points for Clemson (13-13, 5-9). Jordan Roper also had 13 points and Milton Jennings scored 10 for the Tigers, who haven't beaten Maryland since 2010.

The Terrapins outrebounded Clemson 39-29, matching their plus-10 average rebounding margin for the season, second best in the NCAA. Maryland, however, made just 6 of 16 free throws (37.5 percent).

Former Maryland coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell was honored at halftime. Driesell, who coached the Terrapins from 1969 to 1986, compiled a 348-159 record, won an ACC title and led the Terrapins to eight NCAA tournament appearances.

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