Thursday, February 3, 2011

ACC Hump Night Hoops

Kyle Singler
#5 DUKE 80, MARYLAND 62 – In order to cope with a notoriously rowdy post-game crowd infamous for burning things, official at the University of Maryland organized an on-campus bonfire so Terps fans could vent their joy after they upset #5 Duke on Wednesday night.

That said, unlike last year when Gary William’s Terps knocked off Duke at the Comcast Center this time there was little to celebrate as an estimated crowd of 200 milled around the post-game bonfire adjacent to the college chapel.

The extra police officers hired for the presumed celebration could well blame Kyle Singler and his mates along with the Terps failure to take advantage of early opportunities for their leisurely evening.

Singler scored 22 points, Nolan Smith had 21, and the Blue Devils bounced back from Sunday’s lopsided defeat against St. John’s with one of their best performances of the season.  Maryland couldn’t overcome 40% shooting.  Duke was precise shooting 52.6% and committing just 8 turnovers.

“The last game we played was an embarrassing loss,” Singler said. “To come on the road again and win was a big thing for this team.”

Playing in front of a boisterous sellout crowd against one of their biggest rivals, the Blue Devils relied on their two best players to dispatch the Terrapins. Singler and Smith combined to score Duke’s first 16 points of the second half to make it 56-43 with 12 minutes left.

That proved to be too much a deficit for the cold-shooting Terrapins to overcome. Maryland got within five points, but could get no closer.

You had to see this coming...
The victory gave Duke (20-2, 7-1 ACC) a season sweep of Maryland (14-8, 4-4). Duke has won eight of the last nine games between the teams and four of the last six at Comcast Center.

VIRGINIA TECH 77, N.C. STATE 69 – Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points to help Virginia Tech beat North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

Jeff Allen added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Hokies (15-6, 5-3 ACC), who dominated the boards early for plenty of extra scoring chances and built a 16-point lead in the first half. They maintained a comfortable margin for most of the night before the Wolfpack made a desperate push to get within six in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

But Delaney and Allen came up with a couple of key baskets to keep the Hokies in control.

It was a welcome second chance for Virginia Tech to make up for its last trip to its neighboring state to the south. On Jan. 13, the Hokies blew a 16-point lead in the first half and lost 64-61 at North Carolina.

Freshman C.J. Leslie scored 18 points for N.C. State (12-10, 2-6), which has lost six of seven games.

UVa's Jontel Evans
VIRGINIA 49, CLEMSON 47 – Mustapha Farrakhan hit a go-ahead jumper with 35.8 seconds to play and four free throws in the final 23.9 seconds Wednesday night, rescuing Virginia after a brutal second half and giving the Cavaliers a 49-47 victory against Clemson.

The Cavs (12-10, 3-5 ACC) won for the second time in seven games despite being outscored 19-4 over an 11-minute stretch into the game’s final minute.

Clemson (15-7, 4-4) scored just 13 points in the first half and shot no better than 25 percent for most of the night. The Tigers missed a chance to pull even for a second time in the final minute when Demontez Stitt missed the first of a one-and-one with 26.7 seconds left.

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