Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve Eve ACC Hoops

VIRGINIA TECH 64, USC Upstate (Spartans, 4,569 students, Spartansburg, SC) 53 – Malcolm Delaney scored 17 points and Virginia Tech pulled away in the second half and beat USC-Upstate Thursday, the Hokies’ fourth straight victory.

Jeff Allen added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Hokies (8-4), playing their second game since losing two more players for the season because of injuries. The Hokies announced on Dec. 23 that No. 2 scorer Dorenzo Hudson and reserve big man Cadarian Raines would miss the rest of the season, joining forwards Allan Chaney and J.T. Thompson on the sidelines.

Torrey Craig scored 12 to lead the Spartans (2-10). USC-Upstate led for most of the first half after a 20-7 run gave them a 20-14 lead, but the Hokies pulled even on Erick Green’s layup with 2:17 left before halftime and never trailed again. Green scored 12 for Virginia Tech.

MIAMI 94, Pepperdine (Wave, 3,962 students, Malibu, CA) 59 – Malcolm Grant scored 22 points to lead Miami to a 94-59 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night.

Miami (11-3) never trailed as Grant hit three early 3-pointers to help the Hurricanes build a 27-13 lead with 8:43 remaining in the first half.

The Waves (5-11) reduced the margin with a 10-2 run in the next 4:05. Keion Bell’s two free throws capped the spurt and cut Miami’s lead to 29-23 with 4:38 left.

Iowa State (Cyclones, 28,682 students, Ames, IA) 60, VIRGINIA 47 – Jamie Vanderbeken made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points Thursday night, leading Iowa State to a victory at struggling Virginia.

The Cyclones (12-2) won their sixth in a row, in part because the 6-foot-11 Vanderbeken burned the Wahoos repeatedly from outside, hitting 5 of 8 3-point shots. It helped that the Cavaliers couldn't make anything. They missed 21 of their first 24 and finished 20 for 62.

Scott Christopherson added 14 points and Melvin Ejim 10 for the Cyclones.

K.T. Harrell led Virginia (8-5) with nine points.

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