Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS: BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE WINS

NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 89, No. 9 Michigan State 82

Ed Davis and Larry Drew II both scored a career-highs as No.10 North Carolina beat No. 9 Michigan State in a rematch of last season's national championship game won by the Tar Heels. The game wasn’t really that close until the final five minutes.

Davis scored 22 points and Drew II had 18 points for the Tar Heels (7-1), who led most of the game before having to hold off a rally in the final minutes. North Carolina shot 58 percent and led by as many as 19 points early in the second half, beating Michigan State (5-2) for the second straight year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and for the third time in the last three meetings.

Three point shooting killed the Spartans who were 2-20 from behind the arc.

Raymar Morgan scored 18 points to lead the Spartans.

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MARYLAND 80, Inidana 69

Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points and Landon Milbourne had 19 points, leading Maryland to an 80-68 victory over Indiana Tuesday night.

Maryland (5-2), playing at Indiana for the first time, ended a two-game losing streak and became the first ACC team to win in this year's Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

The Hoosiers (3-4), who have lost four of their last five, were led by freshmen Maurice Creek with 19 points and Christian Watford, who had 16 points.

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VIRGINIA TECH 70, Iowa 64

Virginia Tech used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Iowa, 70-64, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday night. With the victory, the Hokies improve to 5-1, while the Hawkeyes fall to 2-5.

The Hokies fell behind 8-1 in the first two minutes of the contest, but outscored Iowa 33-20 to take a 34-28 lead into intermission. Tech was spurred on by a pair of three-pointers by freshman Ben Boggs, who came off the bench to play a season-high 15 minutes.

The game remained close throughout the second half. Iowa took a 54-53 lead on a lay-up by Jarryd Cole with 6:27 remaining, but the Hokies then went on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to seal the game.

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