Sunday, January 17, 2010

SIMPLE MATH: SCORE 73 OR MORE AND WIN

NO. 24 CLEMSON 73, N.C. STATE 70 – The Clemson Tigers were still a little weary after mowing down that sweet defenseless little billy goat over in Chapel Hill. The hangover almost resulted in another late-game swoo, but Clemson had just enough Tiger in the tank to get the win.

Trevor Booker scored 20 points and Tanner Smith added 11 points, including two late free throws, to help the Tigers (15-3, 3-1 ACC) claim what center Jerai Grant called "maybe the most important win of the year for us."

Clemson never trailed but blew nearly all of a 21-point lead before making two defensive stops in the final minute to snap a pesky streak of post-victory letdowns that dated to 1997-98.

Julius Mays had a season-high 17 points for the Wolfpack (12-6, 1-3), who trailed 71-70 and had the ball when Grant appeared seemingly out of nowhere to block Richard Howell's open layup with about 35 seconds left.

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NO. 20 GEORGIA TECH 73, NO. 12 NORTH CAROLINA 71 – The elevator goes up and it goes down. The Jackets are heading in one direction, and, at least for now, the Heels (12-6, 1-2) are headed in the other.

Georgia Tech overcame a blown 20-point lead, the ear-ringing screams of North Carolina's blue-clad crowd and a second-half scoring barrage from Will Graves to hang on for their first win in Chapel Hill since 1996.

Zachery “Proud As A” Peacock made the go-ahead shot with 25.7 seconds left to rescue the 20th-ranked Jackets.

Iman Shumpert finished with a career-high 30 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (13-4, 2-2 ACC), who figured out a way to pull out a win after falling behind in the wild final minutes. Peacock managed just six points with one second-half field goal, but that shot in the lane rolled around the rim before dropping through to give Georgia Tech the win.

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MARYLAND 73, BOSTON COLLEGE 57 – Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points and dished out nine assists on his 23rd birthday to lead Maryland to an easy victory over the Eagles.

Adrain Bowie scored 15 points, Cliff Tucker had 14 and Landon Milbourne added 13 for the Terrapins (11-5, 2-1 ACC).

Corey Raji finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston College (10-8, 1-3). Reggie Jackson added 11 points and Joe Trapani had nine points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, who lost their third straight conference game.

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