Sunday, December 5, 2010

ACC Saturday Hoops

#1 DUKE 82, Butler 70 – In a rematch of last year’s Big Dance finale, Duke posted their 18th straight win. Nolan Smith had 24 points, and Kyrie Irving had 17 of his 21 in the second half — including two big 3-pointers that turned aside the last Bulldogs (4-3) charge. It was Coach K’s 876yh win, pulling him even with Kenucy’s Adolph Rupp.

NORTH CAROLINA 75, #10 Kentucky 73 – Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 27 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with 47 seconds left, helping North Carolina edge No. 10 Kentucky on Saturday in a matchup of two of college basketball's winningest programs.

Zeller scored 12 of the final 16 points for the Tar Heels (5-3) in a game that had five lead changes in the final 3 minutes before Kentucky's Doron Lamb missed a desperation heave for the win from near halfcourt as time expired.

WAKE FOREST 75, Holy Cross 64 – Four Demon Deacons scored in double figures, led by Travis McKie's 18 points, as Wake Forest defeated Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum. The Deacons have now won three straight games, improving their record to 5-3 on the season, while Holy Cross stands at 0-6.

MIAMI 79, West Virginia 76 – Malcolm Grant scored a career-high 26 points Saturday to spark a comeback by the Miami Hurricanes, who overcame a 13-point deficit with 12 minutes left and beat West Virginia (5-2).

The Hurricanes (6-2) scored on 14 of 15 possessions down the stretch, sank eight of their last nine shots and made four consecutive free throws in the final nine seconds to seal the win.

#8 Syracuse 65, N.C. STATE 59 – N.C. State (4-3) seemed poised for an upset after taking a six-point lead midway through the second half, but in the final eight minutes Syracuse forced two shot-clock violations and held the Wolfpack without a basket for the final 7:20.

BOSTON COLLEGE 76, Massachusetts 71 – Reggie Jackson scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and Boston College held off several rallies down the stretch to beat Massachusetts 76-71 in the Boston Tip-Off Classic on Saturday, ending the Minutemen's unbeaten start.

Joe Trapani also scored 17 and Josh Southern finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (6-2), who won the intrastate rivalry for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings.

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