Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday ACC Basketball

HUDSON (VT Photo)
VIRGINIA TECH 47, #15 VIRGINIA 45 – The roundball version of the Commonwealth Cup was almost as hard to watch as the football version.  But this wasn’t lopsided like its pigskin cousin, it was just plain ugly.  The Wahoos came into the game with one of the best defenses in the country giving up 50.4 points per game, but their offense failed to fire scoring 45 points against a Hokie defense that gave up 48 points in the second half earlier in the week against North Carolina.

The Wahoos shot 25% in the first half and 33% for the game.  They were 1 for 14 from behind the arc.  That’s 7.1% for those of you keeping score at home.

Game over.

Now streaking Virginia Tech guard Dorenzo Hudson drained a three-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, and that turned out to be the game winner.

With the win, Tech snapped a four-game losing streak, moving to 12-7 overall, 1-4 in the ACC. Virginia, which swept the season series from Tech a year ago, fell to 15-3 overall, 2-2 in the league.

The win marked Tech's first over a ranked team on the road since beating No. 12 Clemson on Feb. 25, 2009.

In a nip-and-tuck affair, Erick Green gave the Hokies a 42-41 lead on two free throws with 1:52 remaining. UVa's Mike Scott then turned the ball over, and Tech capitalized, as Hudson hit a short shot with 1:11 left to give the Hokies a 44-41 lead.

GOTTFRIED AND WOOD (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. STATE 78, MIAMI 73 – Scott  Wood scored 21 points to lead North Carolina State to a  victory over Miami on Sunday.

The Wolfpack led 55-41 midway through the second half and withstood a late Miami rally. Kenny Kadji's dunk with 1:44 remaining got the Hurricanes to within 72-68.

N.C. State (15-5, 4-1 ACC) responded with five unanswered points, capped by Wood's two free throws with 18 seconds left.

"I thought it was a gutsy win for us; I'm proud of our team," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "They made a charge, we were able to withstand it and still found a way to win. I like that about our team."

Earlier in the game, Wood's second of three free throws set the ACC all-time consecutive free-throw record of 55 after he was fouled on an attempted 3-pointer with 5:21 remaining. He increased the mark to 58 by game's end. Duke's J.J. Redick set the previous record of 54 in 2003-04.

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