Sunday, March 6, 2011

ACC Saturday Hoops

Jerai Grant

CLEMSON 69, VIRGINIA TECH 60 – It was only a week ago that Dickie V was gushing that the Hokies were a lock for the NCAA tournament.   The Hokies have followed up that emotional victory by falling back on the bubble with consecutive losses to Boston College and Clemson.  

The really bad news for the Seth Greenberg’s squad is there are three ACC teams on the bubble – Boston College, Clemson and the Hokies – and VT is a combined 0-3 against the Eagles and Tigers.

Yesterday, Jerai Grant scored 17 points and Clemson clinched a first-round bye in the ACC tournament.
The Tigers (20-10, 9-7) reached 20 wins for a record fifth straight season and, as the league’s fourth-place team, get an extra day off before opening ACC tournament play next week. They could use it after this one.
Clemson held a 15-point lead with under 4 minutes to go when the Hokies tightened things with a 10-2 run and trailed 63-56 after Malcolm Delaney’s foul shots with 1:28 to go.

Virginia Tech (19-10, 9-7) couldn’t get any closer, however.

Delaney, the ACC’s second leading scorer, finished with 19 points, but on 5 of 14 shooting. Delaney fouled out in the game’s final minute.

Grant played his final regular-season game at Littlejohn Coliseum in style. After walking out with his dad, former Oklahoma standout Harvey Grant, for senior day ceremonies, Jerai kept it up against the Hokies. He went 8 of 13 from the field, adding nine rebounds and four blocks.

Demontez Stitt scored 15 points, Devin Booker had 14 and Andre Young 11 off three 3-pointers.

Adrian Bowie, Dino Gregor, Cliff Tucker
VIRGINIA 74, MARYLAND 60 – The black cloud that has hung over Virginia Tech this past week found an ill wind and headed north to College Park.  That said, the Cavs looked as good as they have all season.

UVA’s Sammy Zeglinski scored a career-high 25 points to cap a disappointing regular season for the defending Atlantic Coast Conference co-champion Terps.

The Cavaliers (16-14, 7-9) led by 13 with 7:13 left, let the margin shrink to five and then pulled away to present coach Tony Bennett with his 100th career win. Zeglinski, a junior guard, went 6 for 7 from beyond the arc in eclipsing his previous best of 24 points.

Mustapha Farrakhan scored 19 and Assane Sene had 15 to help Virginia secure its fourth win in five games. The Cavaliers also avenged a 24-point loss to Maryland in January.

Playing on Senior Day in a packed arena, the Terrapins (18-13, 7-9) fell behind late in the first half and never recovered. Maryland, which tied Duke for the ACC regular-season title last year, has dropped three straight and five of seven.

Jordan Williams scored 17 for the Terrapins, who head into the ACC tournament with their longest losing streak of the season.

Maryland’s three seniors were honored before the game and inserted into the starting lineup by coach Gary Williams. Dino Gregory finished with 15 points, and Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker each scored five.

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