Monday, February 21, 2011

ACC Sunday Night Hoops

MARYLAND 87, N.C. STATE 80 – Jordan Williams scored 26 points, freshman Terrell Stoglin had 25 points and nine assists, and Maryland used a late surge to beat North Carolina State Sunday night.

Senior forward Dino Gregory had a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins, who have won eight straight over the Wolfpack. Maryland (17-10, 6-6 AC) had only two turnovers in the second half and went 19 for 20 at the foul line.

Tracy Smith scored 19, C.J. Leslie had 17 and Scott Wood added 15 for the Wolfpack (14-12, 4-8).

The game was tied at 71 before Maryland guard Sean Mosley made a layup, Stoglin sank two free throws and Mosley scored on a drive. After a turnover by North Carolina State, Mosley made a pair of foul shots to make it 79-71 with 3 minutes remaining.

Before the game, Maryland honored former standout guard Greivis Vasquez by hanging his No. 21 jersey from the rafters of the arena. The Terrapins could have used someone with his ability to hit a long-range jumper, because Maryland didn’t even attempt a 3-pointer until Mosley clanged one off the rim with 7:24 left.

It would be Maryland’s only try from beyond the arc, but it didn’t matter because Williams and Gregory were dominant inside.

CLEMSON 63, MIAMI 59 – Andre Young scored 18 points, Demontez Stitt added 17 and Clemson snapped a two-game slide by holding off Miami on Sunday. The Hurricanes called timeout down by three with 5 seconds left, but never got a chance to try and tie the game after Adrian Thomas was fouled.

Clemson had been 0-5 in games decided by five points or less this season, and losers of seven straight in those situations dating back to last March.

No more. The Tigers were down 54-50 with less than 5 minutes remaining Sunday, then held Miami to five points the rest of the way.

Jerai Grant scored 12 for the Tigers (18-9, 7-6 ACC), who have won the last five meetings with Miami. The Tigers also improved their chance of becoming the first ACC team since North Carolina State in 1996-97 to allow less than 60 points a game for a season—Clemson’s average dipped a tiny bit to 60.4 on Sunday.

Durand Scott scored 16 for Miami and Thomas added 13. It was Miami’s ninth ACC game to be decided in the final seconds—the Hurricanes dropped to 4-5 in those contests.

The Hurricanes (16-11, 4-8) were held to 39 field-goal attempts, their second-lowest in the last 15 seasons.

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