Thursday, March 5, 2009

MORE WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOOPS

N.C. STATE 74, BOSTON COLLEGE 69 – About the time the folks in Raleigh start calling for Sidney Lowe’s head, the Wolfpack find a win or two to calm the restless mob.

Last night, Ben McCauley had 20 points and Tracy Smith added 14 points for the Wolfpack (16-12, 6-9 ACC), who ended a two-game skid despite nearly blowing an eight-point lead in the final 2 minutes. N.C. State shot 53 percent for the game, but didn't secure the victory until coming up with a key defensive stop followed by a clutch rebound in the final 20 seconds.

Rakim Sanders scored 21 points to lead the Eagles (20-10, 8-7), who got off to a quick start and led by eight points early. But aside from briefly taking the lead midway through the second half, Boston College was playing catch-up the entire night.

State played almost the entire second half without senior Courtney Fells, who suffered an apparent groin injury in the first half.

GEORGIA TECH 78, MIAMI 68 – The Hurricanes were a lot of experts sleeper pick to sneak into the Big Dance with a .500 regular season record. Then they lost to cellar dwellers Georgia Tech. That popping sound you hear is the proverbial bubble bursting…

Lewis Clinch (#0) scored a career-high 30 points in his final regular-season home game topped off by making nine of 16 three pointers. The victory ended the Jackets seven-game losing streak.

It was Georgia Tech’s (11-17, 2-13 ACC) first win since beating Wake Forest on Jan. 31.

Clinch's high mark for 3-pointers in an ACC game this season tied the second-highest total in school history, behind Dennis Scott's 11 against Houston on Dec. 28, 1988.

Miami (17-11, 6-9) cut the lead to 58-51 on back-to-back baskets by Brian Asbury, who had 16 points. Jack McClinton had 13 points and James Dews added 11 for Miami.

(AP Photo/The News and Observer, Ethan Hyman and AP Photo/Stanley Leary)

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