Saturday, November 14, 2009

FRIDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 9 DUKE 96, UNC Greensboro (Spartans, 14,787 students, Greensboro, NC) 62 - Kyle Singler scored 20 points, Jon Scheyer added 18 and the Blue Devils shrugged off a pair of key absences (Plumleee injured wrist, Smith two-game suspension) to rout UNC Greensboro.

Singler, the ACC's preseason player of the year, had 14 points in the first half and wound up playing 38 minutes. Scheyer, the only true guard in the starting lineup, logged 37 turnover-free minutes for Duke (1-0).

VIRGINIA 85, Longwood (Lancers, 4,479 students, Farmville, VA) 72 – The Tony Bennett coaching era at Virginia began with a win on Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Bennett, the former Washington State coach, was hired in April to replace Dave Leitao.

Virginia, behind 23 points from Sylven Landesberg and 17 from Mustapha Farrakhan, defeated Longwood in both team's season openers. Farrakhan's 17 points tied his career high. Mike Scott recorded his 11th career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sammy Zeglinski added 14 points and Jeff Jones 10 as the Cavaliers put all five of their starters in double figures.

BOSTON COLLEGE 89, Dartmouth (Big Green, 4,147 students, Hanover, NH) 58 – Senior Tyler Roche scored a career-high 30 points to lead Boston College to a season-opening victory over Dartmouth before 4,277 fans in Conte Forum.

Roche, whose previous career high was 17 points, shot 10-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range. He sank 6-of-9 free-throw attempts. The senior from Hooksett, N.H., tallied 15 points in each half.

Sophomore Reggie Jackson scored 16 points, junior Joe Trapani netted 11 points and sophomore Dallas Elmore had 10 points to round out BC's list of double-figure scorers. Jackson and Roche both logged 38 minutes.

NO. 24 CLEMSON 84, Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, NC) 41 – Noel Johnson, the Tigers' 6-foot-6 freshman had four of Clemson's 14 3-pointers in their win on Friday night.

While some first-year performers might be nervous in their first game in front of a large crowd - there were nearly 9,200 at Littlejohn Coliseum - Johnson was silky smooth.

WAKE FOREST 76, Oral Roberts (Golden Eagles, 3,200 students, Tulsa, OK) 56 – Wake Wake Forest came out flying in its season-opener at the Joel Coliseum. Al-Farouq Aminu led the Demon Deacons, recording a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

It was a true team effort as four Demon Deacons hit double digits in scoring. Freshman Ari Stewart scored 11 points including two second-half three pointers. L.D. Williams finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.

Chas McFarland had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Ishmael Smith, Williams, and freshman C. J. Harris each had four assists.

MARYLAND 89, Charleston Southern (Bucaneers, 3,000 students, North Charleston, SC) 51 – Greivis Vasquez got 13 assists on opening night, then passed around the credit for Maryland's season-opening victory.

Landon Milbourne scored 16, and the Terrapins placed four other players in double figures Friday night. Sean Mosley scored 15 and Eric Hayes added 10 for the Terrapins, who never trailed. Freshman forward Jordan Williams was the first freshman forward to start a season opener at Maryland since Joe Smith in 1993. Williams (pictured), undaunted, scored 12 points.

(Duke photos Ted Richardson, Raleigh News & Observer, Williams photo John Mcdonnell/the Washington Post Photo )

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