Monday, March 9, 2009

SUNDAY HOOPS


#24 FLORIDA STATE 63, VIRGINIA TECH 53 – The Seminoles are sneaky good. Like Wake Forest, they're big, young and they have an All-ACC guard showing the way in Toney Douglas.
Douglas, the top scorer in ACC play at more than 23 points per game, sparked the run that gave the Seminoles a 59-49 lead, and they cruised home from there. He also led the team with three assists and a pair of steals, giving him 60 on the season.

Florida State (23-8, 10-6 ACC) led 32-25 after a ragged first half in which the two teams combined for 23 turnovers and the Hokies shot just 24 percent.
The Seminoles led the entire game.

A.D. Vassallo scored 14 points to lead Virginia Tech (17-13, 7-9).

Malcolm Delaney finished with 13 for the Hokies, who shot just 30.8 percent.

The Seminoles' 23 wins are their most since the 1992-93 team that finished 25-10 before being eliminated in the NCAA's round of eight by Kentucky. No ACC team with 10 league wins has ever failed to make the NCAA tournament.

The Hokies tournament hopes now depend on a making a run in the ACC Tournament. Tech didn't get much love from the regular season schedule as they finished with ranked teams Duke, North Carolina and Florida State.

No. 10 WAKE FOREST 96, No. 18 CLEMSON 88 – Clemson had won a game in Winston-Salem, NC since 1990. They still haven’t.

With James Johnson (#23) scoring 17 of his 21 points after halftime, the 10th-ranked Demon Deacons had their offense humming in a 96-88 comeback win. The Demon Deacons defeated Clemson at home for the 17th straight time. The Tigers have now lost 40 of 41 games against ranked opponents on the road.

Johnson, taking charge of the offense with guard Jeff Teague in foul trouble, hit his first eight shots. He finished 10-for-14 from the field, while the Demon Deacons (24-5, 11-5 ACC) shot 60 percent in their fourth straight win to leapfrog past Duke and grab the No. 2 seed for the ACC tournament.

Al-Farouq Aminu also scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Wake Forest, which rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to extend its home winning streak over Clemson to 17 games by running the Tigers ragged with fastbreak buckets.

Demontez Stitt scored a career-high 21 points, K.C. Rivers also scored 21 and Trevor Booker had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (23-7, 9-7), who lost for the fifth time in nine games and will limp into the ACC tournament as the No. 5 seed.

(AP Photo/Rick Havner and AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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