Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday ACC Basketball

SNAER (Gerry Broome/AP Photos)
FLORIDA STATE 76, DUKE 73 – Behind Michael Snaer's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, the Florida State men's basketball team upset No. 4 Duke, 76-73, to snap the Blue Devils' 45-game winning steak at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The Noles have won three games in their Saturday-to-Saturday blitz defeating nationally ranked Duke and North Carolina as well as Maryland.

Nice, Florida State, NICE!

Ending such a stellar run by one of college basketball's premier programs is one thing. The manner in which the Seminoles accomplished that task is another.

After Duke's Seth Curry hit a lay-up to tie the game at 73-73 with less than five seconds left on the game clock and with no timeouts to use, Luke Loucks took FSU's inbounds pass hastily across mid court where Bernard James' well-placed screen gave him the necessary room to find the game's soon-to-be hero.

Snaer released the shot with .02 left on the game clock.  Ironically, it was a three-pointer.

C.J. HARRIS (Stephan Savoia/AP Photos)
WAKE FOREST 71, BOSTON COLLEGE 56 – Wake Forest's Travis McKie posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Ty Walker finished with 11 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Demon Deacons to a win at Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

McKie finished 9-for-18 from the floor and added three blocks, as the sophomore forward fueled an early run that gave the Deacons the advantage in the first half. Wake Forest (11-8, 2-3 ACC) never trailed in the game, led by as many as 17 and staved off a second-half BC rally to post the road conference victory.

Behind the play of Walker, the Deacons dominated the paint. Wake out-rebounded Boston College (7-12, 2-3 ACC), 42-37, and outscored the Eagles 40-24 in the paint. Carson Desrosiers was also solid inside, pulling down eight boards with a block off the bench.

Temple 73, MARYLAND 60 – Terrell Stoglin scored 20 points and Pe'Shon Howard had 15, but Maryland fell to Temple Saturday morning at the Palestra.

James Padgett added 10 points and Sean Mosley had a season-high 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome Temple's Khalif Wyatt and Ramone Moore, who scored 20 points each.

Juan Fernandez added 14 points and Aaron Brown had 12 for the Owls (13-5), who won for the seventh time in nine games. Temple had a 10-point lead sliced to one in the second half until Wyatt and Moore hit consecutive 3-pointers to give them some needed breathing room.

TANNER SMITH (Anderson Independent Mail/Mark Crammer/AP)
CLEMSON 64, GEORGIA TECH 62 – All Andre Young needed to end his three-game shooting slump was a power outage - a power outage at Littlejohn Coliseum to be more specific. But after a power surge on the Clemson campus turned off the lights at the 5:56 mark in the first half Saturday, Young's shooting was turned on.

After a 23-minute delay, Young came out red hot, as he scored 15 straight points for the Tigers on his way to career-high 29 points and a personal best seven three-pointers as Clemson beat Georgia Tech 64-62.

With the win, Clemson improved to 10-9 and 2-3 in the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets slipped to 8-11 and 1-4 in the ACC.

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