Monday, March 1, 2010

SUNDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 5 DUKE 67, VIRGINIA 49 – Kyle “Twilight” Singler scored 21 points as No. 5 Duke beat shorthanded Virginia on Sunday night. The Blue Devils (25-4, 12-2 ACC) remained a game ahead of Maryland heading into a first-place showdown with the Terps in College Park, Md., on Wednesday night.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer added 20 points for Duke in its eight straight win and fourth consecutive victory in the series.

The Blue Devils took command right away, opening the game on a 20-4 run. Singler had 11 points before Virginia had two field goals, and from there the Cavaliers never got closer than 10. They trailed 35-21 at halftime and went 5 minutes without a field goal after the break.

The Cavaliers (14-13, 5-9) lost their seventh straight playing without scoring leader Sylven Landesberg, who sustained a bruised right thigh in Virginia's loss at Miami last week.

Jerome Meyinsse scored 21 points for Virginia, seven more than his previous career best, but was the only Cavaliers player to make up for Landesberg's missing points. Mike Scott, the Cavaliers No. 2 scorer with a 12.8 average, went scoreless for a second straight game, with 0-for-6 shooting in 12 minutes.

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CLEMSON 53, FLORIDA STATE 50 – Trevor Booker scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Sunday as Clemson rebounded from an early 13-point deficit to defeat Florida State 53-50, sweeping its season series with the Seminoles.

Booker hit four straight free throws in the final 11 seconds and blocked a 3-point shot by the Seminoles' Deividas Dulkys with 5 seconds left that could have tied it.

But it was the outside sniping of sophomore guard Andre Young from nearby Albany, Ga., that made the difference. His 3-point basket gave the Tigers a 49-47 lead with 30 seconds left.

Young finished with 12 points for Clemson (20-8, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Florida State (20-8, 8-6) didn't have a player in double figures.

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