Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday Night ACC Basketball

DAWKINS (Grant Halverston/Getty Images)
#4 DUKE 91, WAKE FOREST 73 – Andre Dawkins kept knocking down 3-pointers for No. 4 Duke, and those noisy Cameron Crazies chanted "'Dre all day."

Turns out his hot streak only lasted one half-but that was more than enough to help the Blue Devils beat Wake Forest again.

Dawkins scored all 21 of his points in the first half, and Duke routed the Demon Deacons 91-73 on Thursday night for its 45th straight victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

#15 VIRGINIA 70, GEORGIA TECH 38 – No, sorry Yellow Jacket fans, that’s not a misprint, that’s 38 points total.

SCOTT (John Bazemore/AP Photos)
Mike Scott scored 18 points and No. 15 Virginia bounced back from a tough loss at Duke, blowing out Georgia on Thursday night.

The Cavaliers (15-2, 2-1 ACC) were never seriously challenged by the Yellow Jackets, who put up their lowest-scoring game since a 53-38 loss to Wake Forest on Feb. 6, 1982, during Bobby Cremins' first season as coach.

Virginia was coming off a 61-58 defeat at Cameron Indoor Stadium that snapped a 12-game winning streak. The Cavs wasted no time getting started on a new streak, taking advantage of a team that doesn't have a true home arena.

N.C. STATE 76, BOSTON COLLEGE 62 – N. C. State's well-balanced attack overwhelmed youthful Boston College offensively and defensively on Thursday night at the RBC Center, as the Wolfpack picked up its third ACC victory of January with a win over the Eagles.

WOOD (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Junior Scott Wood led four Wolfpack players in double figures, scoring a game-high 16 points in the contest, thanks in part to his four 3-pointers. The Wolfpack, the ACC's second-highest scoring team, sizzled all night on offense, shooting 51.3 percent from the field on the night, while holding the Eagles to 40.3 percent shooting from the field.

Sophomore C.J. Leslie added 14 points, while junior Richard Howell had his sixth double-double in the Pack's last eight games, with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Sophomore Lorenzo Brown also had nine points and 11 assists, his first double-figure assist total against an ACC opponent.

#8 NORTH CAROLINA 82, VIRGINIA TECH 68 – It appeared that the Tar Heels remained hung over from Saturday’s drubbing at Florida State as they looked to be lethargic while the Hokies made seemingly every shot they put up as Dorenzo Hudson scored 16 points in 8 minutes…

BARNES (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Then halftime happened. 

Game over.

The Heels came out of a presumably blistering locker room and went on a 19-0 run to take control of the game.

Harrison Barnes scored nine of his 27 points and John Henson added 16 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for the Tar Heels (16-3, 3-1 ACC), who trailed 44-36 before Barnes started the run with two free throws, a jumper and a dunk. Before it was over, it stretched to 31-5 and a 67-49 lead with 8:23 remaining.

HUDSON (Don Pederson/AP)
The Hokies (11-7, 0-4) missed 15 straight shots during the run and lost their fourth straight. They are off to their first 0-4 start in league play since the 2006 team lost its first six.

Pulled from the starting lineup in favor of Robert Brown after 0-8 three-point shooting in Virginia Tech’s prior three games, Hudson was honored before the game for joining Virginia Tech’s 1,000-point club. When he checked in at the first media timeout, he quickly established that he wanted to get busy on the scoring the next 1,000.

Happy 25th Birthday three point shot:  The Hokies made 8 of 16 from behind the arc in the first half – 24 of their 39 first half points were from three pointers.  The Heels were of 1-8 in the first half and 3 of 6 in the second while the Hokies hit just 5 out of the 15 three pointers they attempted in the second stanza.  Sometimes we take for granted, how much the three-pointer impacts the game…

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