Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday Night ACC Basketball

ZELLER (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
#7 NORTH CAROLINA 74, N.C. STATE 55 -- Tyler Zeller had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds to help UNC to their 11th straight victory in this series.

Reggie Bullock added 11 points in his first career start for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1 ACC), who dominated almost the entire night in their first game without injured starter Dexter Strickland. North Carolina’s defense shut down the Wolfpack (15-6, 4-2) with one of its better performances of the season, while the offense got plenty of chances around the rim.

North Carolina shot 48 percent and led by 31 points in the second half.

N.C. State was off to its best start in the league in six years under new coach Mark Gottfried and had lost just once since falling to then-No. 1 Syracuse on Dec. 17. But N.C. State never threatened to earn its first win over the Tar Heels since 2007 or its first win in Chapel Hill since 2003.

Wood scored 11 points to lead the Wolfpack, whose only real highlight came when Lorenzo Brown banked in an 80-foot heave to beat the halftime horn. By that point, however, the Tar Heels led by 14 points and were on the way to turning the entire second half into a crowd-pleasing romp.

ZEGLINSKI (Andrew Shurtleff/AP Photo)
#19 VIRGINIA 66, BOSTON COLLEGE 49 -- Sammy Zeglinski hit three-pointers 55 seconds apart in a 20-3 run late in the game and Mike Scott scored 18 points as the Cavaliers beat the Eagles for only the second time in seven tries.

Virginia (16-3, 3-2 ACC) matched it victory total of last season and rebounded from a home loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday night in which they managed just 45 points.

“Coming off the Virginia Tech game, I told our guys this is when you’ve got to step up,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, looking at a box score that showed several players made large contributions.

Akil Mitchell, who replaced Sene in the lineup but was a non-factor against the Hokies, scored a career-best 10 points and added five rebounds and two assists. Point guard Jontel Evans continued to heed Bennett’s advice to play aggressively at both ends and had 10 points, six assists and three steals. 

Zeglinski had four steals by halftime, and guard Malcolm Brogdon got seven rebounds.

Ryan Anderson had 12 points for Boston College (7-13, 2-4), which rallied from a 44-36 deficit to pull even on a 3-pointer by Danny Rubin with 10:25 to play. The Eagles hit seven 3-pointers in the game, but managed just one other field goal over the next 10 minutes as the Cavaliers pulled away.

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