Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ACC Tuesday Night Basketball

BULLOCK (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
#4 NORTH CAROLINA 97, Evansville (Purple Aces, 2,900 students, Evansville, IN) 48 -- Timing is everything and the timing of the Purple Aces arrival in Chapel Hill was rather poor.  The Heels had played three tough games against ranked opponents so they were unlikely to be looking past their Missouri Valley foe.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points to help North Carolina win its first of nine straight home games that will keep the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill until opening ACC play.

Reggie Bullock added 15 points off the bench for the Tar Heels (7-2), who had an easy time bouncing back from their loss at top-ranked Kentucky. North Carolina ran off 12 straight points midway through the first half to blow the game open, then pushed a 30-point halftime lead to as many as 51 points in the second half.

Evansville shot 26 percent for the game, including 6 for 27 from 3-point range.

ZEGLINSKI (Andrew Shurtleff/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA 68, George Mason (Patriots, 32,562 students, Fairfax, VA) 48 -- Sammy Zeglinski scored a season-high 18 points and Virginia won its sixth game in a row Tuesday night.

Mike Scott, Joe Harris and Jontel Evans added 11 points each for Virginia (8-1), which led 33-22 at halftime and opened the second half with a 12-4 burst. The Patriots never again got closer than 10, becoming the ninth consecutive team held under 58 points by Virginia’s defense.

George Mason (6-3) had won four straight under first-year, former-Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, but had two long scoring droughts in the first half leading to double-digit deficits. 

The Cavaliers shot a season-best 60.5 percent (26 of 43) and hit 7 of 14 3-point tries.

#21 Memphis (Tigers, 17,693 students, Memphis, TN) 71, MIAMI 54 -- Will Barton set career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds as he helped No. 21-ranked Memphis overcome a poor night of outside shooting to beat the Canes.

The Tigers, who sank 15 3-pointers in a rout three nights earlier, went 1 for 12 from beyond the arc. But they repeatedly worked the ball inside in the second half.

Memphis (5-2) fell behind 7-0 but pulled away in the second half to win its third game in a row.

The Hurricanes (5-3) lost in their first game against a ranked team, and the defeat snapped a streak of 27 consecutive non-conference home victories.

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