Wednesday, January 21, 2009

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS

No. 2 DUKE 73, N.C. STATE 56 – Duke is good. When they shoot 76% from the floor for one half, they’re really good. Stop us if you’ve heard this before. N.C. State gives it to Duke in the first half, goes in leading at halftime only to get clobbered in the second frame.

For the game, the Blue Devils shot 50% (29-57) including a nice even 50% (7-14) from behind the arc. Combine that with 19 Wolfpack turnovers – game over.

Gerald Henderson scored 21 points Nolan Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers 30 seconds apart to start the decisive run for the Blue Devils (17-1, 4-0 ACC).

With J.J. Redick -- the ACC's career scoring leader -- watching from behind the Duke bench, Kyle Singler scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and Smith finished with 13 to help the Blue Devils, who closed the game on a 27-5 run. Their 20-for-26 shooting matched the best performance in a second half in nearly three decades under coach Mike Krzyzbnm7ski.

Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley both scored 15 points for the Wolfpack (10-6, 1-3), who led much of the game but hit just one field goal over the final 7:45.

If they aren’t howling for Sidney Lowe’s head down in Raleigh, they may be soon. We didn’t say it was fair or right, we just predict it will happen sooner than later.

BOSTON COLLEGE 80, GEORGIA TECH 76 OT– The slump is dead, the slump is dead. Long live the slump. Finally, the Eagles get back on track at the expense of Georgia Tech. After four straight losses, Boston College (14-6, 2-3) comes out of their funk, and Georgia Tech (9-9, 0-5) remains the only ACC team without a conference victory.

It wasn’t all that easy, though. Tyrese Rice scored 24 of his 26 points after the first half, including six points in overtime as the Eagles recovered after blowing a big second half lead.

Iman Shumpert led Georgia Tech with 16 points. Gani Lawal had 14 points and Moe Miller added 13.

MARYLAND 84, VIRGINIA 78 - Adrian Bowie and Landon Milbourne each scored 17, and Maryland frittered away most of a 17-point lead before escaping with an 84-78 victory over Virginia on Tuesday night.

Eric Hayes had 10 points and 11 assists, his first career double-double, and Greivis Vasquez scored 16 for the Terrapins (13-5, 2-2 ACC).

Maryland never trailed, but couldn't pull away in the 400th ACC victory in school history.
Jamil Tucker scored a career-high 21, and Mike Scott had 16 points, 10 rebounds and went 10-for-10 at the line for Virginia (7-8, 1-3). Calvin Baker also scored 16, on 7-for-10 shooting.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images and AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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