|Jeff Allen splits Wahoo defenders.|
VIRGINIA 61, VIRGINIA TECH 54 – Give the Wahoos some credit for more tough defense and some much needed offense.
After an abysmal outing against Duke when they scored 15 points in the second half, Virginia shot 45% and made 11 of 23 three-pointers to sweep the season series with their in-state rivals.
Mustapha Farrakhan scored 16 points and made key shots down the stretch to lead Virginia and Joe Harris finished with 15 points for the Cavaliers (13-13, 4-8 ACC). The win ended a three-game losing streak and even their AC C series at 7-7.
Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points for the Hokies (17-8, 7-5) with 22 points. Erick Green added 12.
Farrakhan’s fast break layup following a Virginia Tech turnover gave Virginia an eight-point lead with 52 seconds to go and forced the visitors to play catch-up the rest of the way.
|Sammy Zeglinski gets to second base with Jontel Evans.|
FLORIDA STATE 84, WAKE FOREST 66 – This was Florida State’s first game without Chris Singleton who leads the team in almost every major category. The Seminoles looks a bit unsure missing 10 of their first 12 shots before righting the ship and beating Wake Forest on Saturday.
Bernard James scored 15 points and freshman Ian Miller and Deividas Dulkys each added 14 for the Seminoles (19-7, 9-3 ACC), who stayed in sole possession of third place in the league by dominating the last-place Demon Deacons (8-19, 1-11) after the break.
Florida State trailed by two at halftime before using a 13-2 run to push ahead by double figures, then the Seminoles steadily increased the margin by attacking the rim while Wake Forest seemed to grow steadily more passive.
The Noles shot 53 percent in the second half and scored 53 points after the break.
Travis McKie had 20 points to lead Wake Forest, which shot just 33 percent. The Demon Deacons—the ACC’s best free-throw shooting team—managed to offset that early by making 14 of 15 from the line to lead for much of the first half.