Sunday, January 2, 2011

ACC Sunday Non–Conference Hoops

Dexter Strickland
NORTH CAROLINA 103, Saint Francis (Terriers, 2,000 students, Brooklyn Heights, NY) 54 – John Henson and Dexter Strickland scored 13 points apiece, two of eight North Carolina players in double figures in a rout of St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday.

Leslie McDonald and Reggie Bullock added 12 points apiece for the Tar Heels (10-4). They won their third straight and wrapped up the nonconference schedule by hitting the 100-point mark for the second time this season.

Tyler Zeller scored 11 points while Henson also had six of North Carolina’s season-high-tying 10 blocked shots. The Tar Heels shot 59 percent (39 of 66).

Will Felder scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half for St. Francis (2-11) on 8-of-20 shooting.

VIRGINIA TECH 99, Mount St. Mary's (Mountaineers, 2,100 students, Emmitsburg,MD) 34 – Erick Green scored 17 points to lead five Virginia Tech players in double figures as the Hokies routed Mount St. Mary’s.

The win was the fifth straight for the Hokies (9-4) and the 65-point victory margin was the school’s second-largest ever, ranking behind only an 81-point, 105-24 win over Washington & Lee on Jan. 9, 1959.

Tyrone Garland scored 16 points, Jeff Allen had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Malcolm Delaney and Manny Atkins scored 12 points each for Virginia Tech, which shot 69.2 percent (36 for 52) to 17 percent (9 for 53) for the Mountaineers (3-12).

A layup by Garland gave Virginia Tech a 99-32 lead with 2:19 remaining, but the Hokies failed to surpass 100 points after missing two shots, two free throws and committing a turnover down the stretch.

Lamar Trice, with 16 points, was the only Mount St. Mary’s player in double figures.

K.T. Harrell
VIRGINIA 64, LSU (Tigers, 21,103 students, Baton rouge, LA) 50 – K.T. Harrell scored 15 points and sparked a big second-half run Sunday night and Virginia beat LSU to end its two-game losing streak.

Harrell and Mustapha Farrakhan each had six points in the 18-3 run for Virginia (9-5). It spanned 6 1/2 minutes and came after the Tigers had taken their first lead at 29-28. When Will Regan finished the burst with a tip-in, Virginia led 46-32 with 10:37 to play.

The Tigers (8-7) scored 10 of the next 12 to get within 48-42, but Harrell’s two free throws and a layup by Akil Mitchell made it 52-42. Two 3-pointers by Will Sherrill gave the Cavaliers a 58-47 lead, and LSU never recovered in its fourth loss in five games.

Garrett Green led the Tigers with 12 points. Malcolm White and Ralston Turner each had 11.

CLEMSON 69, Citadel (Bulldogs, 1,120 civilians, Charleston, SC) 54 – Demontez Stitt scored 16 points and Clemson defeated The Citadel on Sunday.

Jerai Grant and Devin Booker added 13 points apiece for the Tigers (11-4). Grant also had seven blocks.

Clemson won its sixth straight, despite shooting just 12 of 24 from the free-throw line, including 7 of 8 down the stretch.

Zach Urbanus scored 17 points and Mike Groselle added 14 points and 10 rebounds for The Citadel (5-9), which made 6 of 7 3-pointers before missing five straight in the final 3 minutes.

The Tigers led by as many as 17 points in the opening half and held a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. Clemson forced 18 turnovers while committing only seven.

Charlotte (49ers, 19,400 students, Charlotte, NC) 86, GEORGIA TECH 83 2OT – Derrio Green scored 21 points, including a key 3-point basket during a 9-0 run in the second overtime to lead the Charlotte 49ers to a win over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.

Green also had a pair of free throws in overtime and four straight foul shots late in regulation to tie it at 66 for Charlotte (8-6), which won its fourth straight come-from-behind victory late in a game.

J.T. Terrell

Javarris Barnett and Phil Jones added 15 points each for Charlotte and Chris Braswell added 14 for the 49ers.

Iman Shumpert led the Yellow Jackets (7-6) with a season-high 28 points and Glen Rice Jr. added 18 points.

Gonzaga (Bulldogs, 4,729 students, Spokane, WA) 73, WAKE FOREST 63 – Steven Gray scored 18 points, Elias Harris added 13 points and nine rebounds and weary Gonzaga overcame a sluggish start to beat Wake Forest.

Hitting the floor 37 hours after a home win over Oklahoma State, the Bulldogs (10-5) shook off the effects of a cross country flight and an early tipoff by taking control in the second half. Gonzaga shot 50 percent (26 of 52) to offset 19 turnovers.

Travis McKie scored 16 points and J.T. Terrell added 14 on 3-of-11 shooting for the Demon Deacons (6-8), who lost their fourth straight amid a difficult first season for coach Jeff Bzdelik.

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