Friday, February 5, 2010

THURSDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 10 DUKE 86, NO. 21 GEORGIA TECH 67 – Kyle "Twilight" Singler went to the bench and clutched his banged-up right wrist. (OK, we know Twilight is set in Washington and Singler is from Oregon, but there pretty close and you can't deny the look...) Then he came back onto the court, rattled in a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer and kept making those long-range shots during the second half.

That pesky wrist injury certainly couldn't slow the Duke star. Georgia Tech's defense didn't stand a chance, either.
Singler had career highs of 30 points and eight 3-pointers to lead the 10th-ranked Blue Devils past the 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.

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

MARYLAND 71, FLORIDA STATE 67 – While being booed relentlessly by the Noles Nation, Greivis Vasquez scored 21 points as Maryland overcame a late rally to beat Florida State on Thursday night.

Maryland (15-6, 5-2 ACC) led by as many as nine points in the second half, but FSU (16-5, 4-4 ACC) tied the game twice in the final 3 minutes and had the ball with 38 seconds left, trailing 66-64.

Freshman Michael Snaer drove to the hoop and made a runner but was called for charging with 14.5 seconds left.

To read more in the Washington Post, click here.

VIRGINIA TECH 74, NORTH CAROLINA 70 – Evidently, defeating the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels is still a big deal worthy of a celebration as occurred last night in Blacksburg. Actually, beating the Heels isn’t a court-storming occassion as it has been in the recent past as Ol’ Roy’s struggling squad now has the second fewest overall wins (13) in the ACC and is currently tied with N.C. State for the most overall losses (9). So look for www.FireRoy.com any day now...

Last night, the Hokies Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and Terrell Bell all made key free throw in the waning seconds, as Virginia Tech remained perfect at home this season with a win over the Tar Heels in Cassell Coliseum.

The victory moved Tech to 17-4 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. The Hokies moved to 11-0 at Cassell Coliseum and avenged a 78-64 loss to the Tar Heels earlier this season. In fact, Tech snapped a five-game losing streak to Carolina.

The Tar Heels (13-9, 2-5 ACC) led 43-42 following a John Henson basket with 15:20 left in the game, but Tech retook the lead on a Delaney bucket 27 seconds later and never trailed again.

To read more from the Roanoke Times, click here.

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