Sunday, February 15, 2009

SATURDAY HOOPS

MARYLAND 83, VIRGINIA TECH 73 – After another tricky week in Turtle Park where the Washington Post published a three-part series on the decline of Maryland basketball’s recruiting efforts, the Terps rallied behind their beleaguered coach Gary Williams and knocked off the Hokies. Landon Milbourne scored 23 points, Greivis Vasquez had 17 and Maryland never trailed in an 83-73 victory.

It was the third win in four games for the Terrapins, who finally got back to .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland (16-8, 5-5 ACC) is 4-1 at home and 1-4 on the road in the ACC.

The Terrapins went 24-for-26 at the foul line, sinking 22 of 23 in the second half.

Maryland desperately needed the victory, not only to get back to the break-even mark in league play but because the next three teams on the schedule are Clemson, North Carolina and Duke.

A.D. Vassallo led Virginia Tech (16-8, 6-4) with 20 points. Malcolm Delaney had only five points with 5 minutes left but finished with 16 to extend his ACC-best run of consecutive games in double figures to 29.

The Hokies Jeff Allen fouled out and said goodbye to the Terp Nation with a well-known hand gestured captured close-up by the TV cameras. Oops.

No. 8 WAKE FOREST 86, No. 25 FLORIDA STATE 63 – Wake Forest again looked like the deep and athletic team capable of making a deep run in March. The Demon Deacons apparently just needed a ranked opponent to bring it back out of them.

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 17 points to help the Demon Deacons beat No. 25 Florida State, extending their unbeaten run against ranked teams while bouncing back from a frustrating stretch that followed their appearance at No. 1.

Jeff Teague added 15 points for Wake (19-4, 6-4 ACC), who led the entire way and spent much of the game shooting better than 50 percent. Wake Forest used a 13-0 run in the second half to take control, turning a 12-point halftime lead into a 30-point margin late in the game to end the Seminoles' three-game winning streak.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 86, GEORGIA TECH 65 – Tracy Smith scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while five other N.C. State players scored in double figures to help the Wolfpack defeat Georgia Tech. It was the Jackets fourth straight loss.

Javier Gonzalez and Courtney Fells each added 14 points, C.J. Williams and Dennis Horner each had 11 points and Brandon Costner had 10 points for N.C. State (14-9, 4-6 ACC). The Wolfpack won their first ACC game on the road after four losses.

Georgia Tech (10-14, 1-10 ACC), losing its ninth in 10 games, was led by Iman Shumpert's 14 points. Lewis Clinch added 12 and Alade Aminu had 11.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton and John Bazemore)

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