Thursday, January 14, 2010

DEVILS, HOKIES WIN EASILY

NO. 8 DUKE 79, BOSTON COLLEGE 59 – What happened? This was a one-point game late in the first half and then Duke exploded all over the Eagles.

Nolan Smith scored 24 points to help the Blue Devils pull away in the second half and beat Boston College by twenty on Wednesday night, helping Duke regroup from a weekend loss at Georgia Tech.

Kyle Singler added 15 points for the Blue Devils (14-2, 2-1 ACC), who pushed ahead for good late in the first half and pulled away in the opening minutes after the break. More impressively, they carried their three-point shooting struggles from Atlanta back to Cameron Indoor Stadium and knocked down just one three-pointer yet still won convincingly with defense.

Duke’s inside game also made a major contribution to the win.

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VIRGINIA TECH 81, NO. 23 MIAMI 66 – The Hokies got off to a fast start in the cozy confines of Cassell Coliseum and never looked back.

Malcolm Delaney had 28 points and nine assists, and Terrell Bell tied a career high with 13 points - all in the first half - as Virginia Tech jumped out to a huge lead and rolled on to an easy victory over No. 23 Miami on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Hokies moved to 13-2 overall on the season, 1-1 in the ACC. Tech also knocked off Miami for the fourth straight time.

Virginia Tech sprinted out to an 11-2 lead and then put the game away with a 35-8 run that spanned nearly 13 minutes of the first half.

Bell hit a 3-pointer with 2:43 to go and added a basket with 2:16 remaining to give the Hokies their biggest lead, 48-13. The Hokies shot 62 percent (18 of 29) in the first half, making of their first 9 3-point attempts, and led 50-23 at the break.

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