Sunday, January 10, 2010

NFL WILD CARD SATURDAY HOOPS – WAHOOS TIED FOR LEAGUE LEAD

VIRGINIA 70, N.C. STATE 62 – Don’t look now, but newbie ACC coach Tony Bennet’s Wahoos are tied for first place with Florida State. Could that old JPJA magic be back? Oh, the game was in Raleigh. Never mind.

Sylven Landesberg scored 23 points to help Virginia rally past North Carolina State on Saturday in its ACC opener.

Mike Scott added 14 for the Cavaliers (9-4, 1-0), who trailed by 10 points midway through the second half before taking over down the stretch to win their league opener for just the third time in 15 years.

It was also the first ACC win for first-year coach Tony Bennett, who left Washington State to rebuild the struggling Virginia program.

Tracy Smith scored 18 points for the Wolfpack (11-5, 0-2), who managed just one field goal during the decisive 5-minute stretch that saw the Cavaliers take control. N.C. State led 42-32 with about 13 1/2 minutes left and 53-49 with 5:30 left before Virginia pushed ahead for good on Scott's tip-in with 3:53 left.

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CLEMSON 72, BOSTON COLLEGE 56 - Trevor Booker scored 19 points and Clemson bounced back from a loss at Duke to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference game this season, 72-56, over Boston College on Saturday.

Clemson discovered its shooting touch - the Tigers hit nearly 60 percent of their shots in the opening half - to win its fourth straight against the Eagles (10-6, 1-1), who have lost two of their past three.

Joe Trapani led Boston College with 13 points.

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