Monday, December 29, 2008

SUNDAY HOOPS

VIRGINIA 88, GEORGIA TECH 84, OT – Say what!! While Georgia Tech wasn’t picked to be a league power nobody expected the Wahoos to win their league opener in Atlanta. Virginia Coach Dave Leitao thought he saw a weakness in the Jacket's game - free throw shooting - and he was right. Tech made only 16 of 33 (48.5 percent). Virginia, meanwhile, hit on 17 of 22 (77 percent).

Calvin Baker (#4) scored with 10 seconds remaining in overtime to break a tie and help Virginia to an 88-84 victory over Georgia Tech last night in Atlanta in the ACC opener for both teams.

Mike Scott added two free throws with two seconds left for Virginia (6-4, 1-0 ACC).

Freshmen Sylven Landesberg continues to dazzle leading the Hoos 26 points. Jamil Tucker added 15, Baker had 13 and Mustapha Farrakhan had a season-high 12 off the bench.
Lawal led the Yellow Jackets (7-4, 0-1) with 21 points. Lewis Clinch and Iman Shumpert added 18 points each.

UVA had lost 12 of its previous 13 ACC openers before yesterday.

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 97, RUTGERS (Scarlet Knights, 36,988 students, Piscataway, NJ) 75 – Tyler Hansbrough had 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Heels won their school-record 12th straight double-figure victory of the season.

Ty Lawson added 19 points for UNC (12-0) which shot 51.5 percent at home.
The Tar Heels surpassed the previous mark of consecutive blowouts set by the 1992-93 team that went on to win the national championship. No opponent has come within 15 points of this year’s squad.

Freshman Mike Rosario scored 26 points for Rutgers (9-4) (the real University of New Jersey).

FLORIDA STATE 82, Western Kentucky (Hilltoppers, 19,215 students, Bowling Green, KY) 69 – Freshman Chris Singleton was held out of Florida State's starting lineup for the first time Sunday, and he responded with a season-high 18 points to help the Noles beat Western Kentucky in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Toney Douglas scored 27 points for Florida State, who trailed by 5 points in the second half before breaking the game open with a 20-3 run.

FSU (12-2), coming off a tough loss to #3 Pittsburgh a week earlier, remained unbeaten in their seven meetings against Western Kentucky. This is the earliest the Seminoles have ever reached a dozen victories.

(Virginia guard Calvin Baker, right, drives toward the basket against Georgia Tech guard Nick Foreman in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, in Atlanta. Virginia beat Georgia Tech 88-84. AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)


(Western Kentucky guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez, center, is surrounded by Florida State players as he goes up for a shot during the second half of an Orange Bowl Basketball Classic game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, in Sunrise, Fla. Florida State defeated Western Kentucky 82-69. Florida State players are Jordan DeMercy (2), Ryan Reid (42) and Chris Singleton (31). AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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