Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year’s Day ACC Basketball

#5 NORTH CAROLINA 102, Monmouth 65 – John Henson scored 21 points as the Tar Heels beat Monmouth on Sunday for their 26th straight victory at the Smith Center.

Harrison Barnes added 18 points for the Tar Heels (13-2). They shot 54 percent, built a 55-26 rebounding advantage, used a 33-10 run late in the first half to take a 31-point halftime lead. They cruised from there to break the arena record established from 1992-94 - a mark two Monmouth assistants had a role in setting.

P.J. Hairston had 16 points for North Carolina, which won its seventh straight overall and hasn't lost in its nearly 26-year-old building since Florida State won there on Feb. 24, 2010.

#4 DUKE 85, Pennsylvania 55 – Ryan Kelly had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 7 Duke beat Pennsylvania  on Sunday.

Seth Curry added 15 points for the Blue Devils (12-1), who scored 20 of the game’s first 24 points to run out to a big early lead. Duke led by 18 points at halftime and by as many as 34 points after the break, sending the Blue Devils to their fifth straight victory overall and 43rd straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Zack Rosen had 11 points for the Quakers (6-8), who played the Blue Devils almost even for the rest of the half after the opening flurry. But Penn’s undersized front line couldn’t keep Duke off the boards, with the Blue Devils finishing with a 47-29 rebounding advantage and getting several quick second-chance baskets that helped them take control.

Somewhere, Jon Scheyer made a crazy face.

BOOKER (Ken Ruinard AP Photo)
CLEMSON 65, East Tennessee State 58 – Devin  Booker scored a career-high 22 points and Clemson held East Tennessee State to 26 points in the second half in a victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers overcame a four-point halftime deficit and a nine-point disadvantage in the second half alone. It was Clemson's second come-from-behind win in the last three games. Clemson improved to 8-6 with the win, while ETSU fell to 5-7 overall.

Booker made 8-of-12 from the floor and six of his eight attempts at the free throw line for his 22-point total. His previous best was 16 points, which he accomplished four times. Booker added seven rebounds and four blocked shots in 38 minutes of play. Also in double figures Sunday for the Tigers was freshman T.J. Sapp, who earned his fourth start of the season. He responded in a positive manner, hitting 4-of-5 from behind the arc. He matched his season-best with 13 points.

Andre Young hit two three-pointers in the second half, giving him 199 for his career, and finished the game with 12 points. He added eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal in a fine all-around effort.

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