Thursday, January 21, 2010

TOPSY-TURVY ACC SEASON IN FULL SWING

N.C. STATE 88, NO. 7 DUKE 74 - Like JPJA, is Sid Lowe's red jacket back working its magic?

What better way for NC State junior Tracy Smith (#23) to celebrate his 22nd birthday than a victory over No. 7 Duke.

Smith, who played high school basketball in Durham, scored 23 points and had four rebounds for the hot-shooting Wolfpack, who finished the game well over 50 percent from the field. It was the second win over an ranked opponent in the last eight days, including a win at No. 25 Florida State last week.

Duke, meanwhile, never found its rhythm in the contest, other than a desperation 3-point shot at the end of the first half by Nolan Smith that turned out to be the only real glimmer of hope all night long for the visitors.

WAKE FOREST 82, NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA 69 - Can Ol' Roy get the Tar Heels off the matt after losing three of thier first four ACC games (two at home)?

C.J. Harris and Ishmael Smith each scored 20 points to lead Wake Forest to an win Over No. 24 North Carolina Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center.

Smith, a senior, handed out six assists and grabbed seven rebounds to go with his 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the floor.

Harris, a freshman, teamed with fellow rookie Ari Stewart to provide the Deacons with a long-range threat throughout the game. Harris hit four-of-seven from three-point range, and Stewart connected on three-of-four from beyond the stripe for 11 points. During one 90-second span in the second half, Stewart made three consecutive three-pointers as Wake Forest went from a six-point lead to a 13-point advantage.

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