Sunday, February 7, 2010

SNOW DAY HOOPS

WAKE FOREST 64, VIRGINIA 61 – The Demon Deacons overcame a five-point halftime deficit and below-average free throw shooting to post a win in C’ville on a snowy Saturday afternoon at a cooled off New Hotness (JPJA).

The win moved Wake Forest to 4-0 on the season in overtime games. Wake has defeated Richmond, Xavier and Maryland in overtime this year. All those games were at home at the Joel Coliseum. The road overtime win was Wake's first since winning at Bucknell in 2006.

The Deacons trailed 34-29 at the half before tying the game at 35 on a lay-up by Al-Farouq Aminu four minutes into the second half. The Deacons started the half by outscoring Virginia 19-9 to take a 48-43 lead with just over six minutes to play in the game.

The Hoos managed to catch up and force overtime.

To read more from the Winston-Salem Journal, click here.

NO. 21 GEORGIA TECH 73, N.C. STATE 71 – Zac “NBC, Proud As A” Peacock scored 22 points, freshman Derrick Favors added 16, as the Jackets held off North Carolina State.

The Yellow Jackets (17-6, 5-4 ACC) improved to 12-1 at home, and they have won four of six in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech struggled to hold off the last-place Wolfpack, however, despite leading by 16 points with 5:01 remaining.

Switching to a full-court press late in the game, N.C. State (14-10, 2-7) frustrated Georgia Tech into committing several turnovers and possession arrow miscues before Julius Mays stole D'Andre Bell's backcourt pass and hit a layup to make it 70-69 with 2:09 remaining.

After Dennis Horner's two free throws cut the lead to 73-71, the Yellow Jackets again failed to make an accurate inbounds pass from the baseline, and N.C. State had a chance to tie or win the game.

Tracy Smith scored 22 points for the Wolfpack, who have lost four straight in the ACC. Horner finished with 14 points for N.C. State, which had won nine of 12 against Georgia Tech.

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NO. 10 DUKE 66, BOSTON COLLEGE 63 – The Blue Devils didn't make as many free throws as they usually do. They just made the ones they needed most late the game with the home team desperately trying to rally.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer and Nolan Smith scored 21 points apiece, each hitting two foul shots in the last 26 seconds after No. 10 Duke nearly squandered a 10-point halftime lead and the Blue Devils held on to beat Boston College 66-63 on Saturday.

Duke (19-4, 7-2 ACC) missed five straight free throws in the middle of the game and two more in the final minute, helping BC cut the deficit to 64-63 on Reggie Jackson's long, high-arcing 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. Scheyer was fouled after he received the inbound pass, then made both free throws to force BC to try another 3 for the tie.

To read more from the Raleigh News & Observer, click here.

VIRGNIA TECH 70, CLEMSON 59 – Here’s a few numbers to ponder: 46 – free throw attempts. 38 – free throws made.

Game over.

Malcolm Delaney scored 20 of his game-high 30 points from the free-throw line, tying the school record for free throws made in a game, as Virginia Tech cruised past Clemson at Cassell Coliseum.

Delaney, the ACC’s leading scorer coming into the game at 19.8 points per game and 85 percent free-throw shooter, hit 20 of 23 from the stripe. The 20 free throws equaled the mark set by Dorenzo Hudson against Seton Hall earlier this season and by Terry Penn against the Citadel in 1957.

Tanner Smith, Jerai Grant and David Potter each scored 11 for the Tigers. Trevor Booker, who came into the game averaging 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds for Clemson, finished with just seven points on 2-for-10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. He spent most of the game on the bench in foul trouble, playing just 23 minutes.

To read more from the Roanoke Times, click here.

FLORIDA STATE 71, MIAMI 65 – Sophomore Luke Loucks came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points to lead the Noles to a win over Miami on Saturday night.

Solomon Alabi's layup 6 minutes into the second half gave the Seminoles a 42-40 lead and they never trailed again, leading by as many as a dozen points at 59-47.

Florida State (17-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 32-31 at the half on Loucks' jumper that beat the buzzer. Loucks added five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of playing time.
Chris Singleton added 10 points for Florida State, which bounced back from a 71-67 home loss to Maryland on Thursday. James Dews led Miami (16-7, 2-7) with 15 points and Dwayne Collins added 11.

To read more from the Tallahassee Democrat, click here.

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