Sunday, December 12, 2010

ACC Saturday Hoops

Noland Smith
#1 DUKE 84, St. Louis (Billikens, 16,317 students, St. Louis, MO) 47 – Noland Smith scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and the top-ranked Blue Devils routed Saint Louis Saturday to claim their 20th straight win.

Kyle Singler added 21 points for Duke (10-0), which shot 53 percent, turned 22 turnovers into 31 points and took command with an overwhelming early run.

GEORGIA TECH 69, Savannah State (Tigers, 3,820 students, Savannah, GA) 59 – Iman Shumpert scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Daniel Miller had a career-best 14 points as Georgia Tech defeated Savannah State 69-59 to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Yellow Jackets (5-4) placed four players in double figures. Brian Oliver had 17 points and Mfon Udofia scored 12 for Georgia Tech, which led by as many as 21 points in the first half.

Jovanni Shuler scored a game-high 26 points, but it wasn't enough to save Savannah State (1-10) from its 10th consecutive loss

NORTH CAROLINA 96, Long Beach State (49ers, 29,227 students, Long Beach, CA) 91 – Harrison Barnes had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Long Beach State. Larry Drew II added 11 of his 13 points after halftime for the Tar Heels (7-3), who blew most of a 17-point second-half lead before holding on for their third straight win. Leslie McDonald added a career-high 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, with most of that coming in the first half.

Harrison Barnes
T.J. Robinson scored a career-high 31 points to lead the 49ers (5-6), who cut the lead to a single bucket three separate times but never could push ahead.

N.C. STATE 79, South Carolina Upstate (Spartans, 4,608 students, Saprtansburg, SC) 60 – Ryan Harrow was asked which of the 13 shots he took after coming off the bench in N.C. State's 79-60 win over USC Upstate was his favorite, the freshman point guard from Atlanta glanced to the side for a second and gave the obvious answer.

"I really liked all the ones that went in," Harrow said.

So there was much for Harrow to enjoy about the annual Heritage Game at Reynolds Coliseum, after scoring a career high 20 points, making 10 of his 13 shots and handing out five assists without a turnover. A crowd of 5,178 spectators watched in the arena the men called home for 50 years until moving to the RBC Center in 1999.

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