Sunday, March 7, 2010

TERPS TIE FOR REGULAR SEASON TITLE

NO. 22 MARYLAND, 74, VIRGINIA 68 – Rookie Coach Tony Bennett had a meltdown at exactly the wrong time giving Maryland the extra points in needed to secure a piece of the ACC regular season title.

With the Terrapins leading by a point, a blocking foul was called on Jerome Meyinsse. Apparently, everybody in the building and most at home watching thought was a charge. The ref called a block and Bennett went off. The first-year coach peeled his jacket off and threw it, and was called for a technical foul that essentially rescued the Terps.

Greivis Vasquez finished with 23 points, including both free throws on the technical with 38.6 seconds to play, and Sean Mosley added two more right after as Maryland held on, 74-68.
The Terrapins (23-7, 13-3 ACC) clinched at least a tie for the conference regular season title with their seventh victory in a row, but let a Cavaliers team playing without suspended scoring leader Sylven Landesberg cut an 11-point deficit to one in the final minute.

Meyinsse led Virginia (14-15, 5-11) with 17 points in his final home game. Jeff Jones hit 4 of 6 3-point attempts and scored 16 points, and Sammy Zeglinski had 14 with four threes.

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VIRGINIA TECH 88, GEORGIA TECH 82 – Virginia Tech completed the regular season with an 88-82 victory at Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta. With the win, the Hokies improve to 23-7 and 10-6 in ACC action, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 19-11 overall and 7-9 in conference play.

The Hokies played without second leading scorer Dorenzo Hudson, who missed the game do to a bone bruise in his right foot. Freshman Manny Atkins made his first career start in his hometown and contributed five points and career highs of five assists and seven rebounds in a career-high 38 minutes of action.

Delaney’s 32 points led for Hokies in double figures. Jeff Allen added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Bell, who along with Atkins are natives of nearby Stone Mountain, Ga., recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 13 points. Victor Davila added 10 points for the Hokies. Yellow Jacket post players Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors each scored 18 points in the loss.

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FLORIDA STATE 61, MIAMI 60 – Luke Loucks' three-pointer with 1:52 remaining put Florida State ahead as his basket was the final margin in the Seminoles victory over the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon.

The Hurricanes had three opportunities to retake the lead, including Scott's missed jumper at the buzzer.

Loucks and Deividas Dulkys each scored 13 points to lead the Seminoles (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Scott was the high scorer for Miami (18-15, 4-12) with 14 points.

Behind four 3-pointers, Florida State built a 14-point lead in the opening 9:05 of the first half. The Seminoles ran off 10 unanswered points during their early advantage, capped by Xavier Gibson's 3-pointer with 10:55 remaining for a 19-5 Florida State lead.

But the Hurricanes responded and outscored the Seminoles 14-4 in the next 6:13. Reggie Johnson's two free throws with 4:42 cut Florida State's lead to 23-19.

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