Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday Night ACC Basketball

MASON PLUMLEE (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
#8 DUKE 74, MARYLAND 61 -- Mason Plumlee scored 23 points and No. 8 Duke averted its first losing streak of the season by pulling away from Maryland in the second half on Wednesday night.

Seeking to rebound from a rare home loss, the Blue Devils trailed 47-46 with 12:54 left but outscored Maryland 28-14 the rest of the way.

Ryan Kelly had 14 points and Austin Rivers contributed 10 for Duke (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Blue Devils have dominated this rivalry of late, winning four straight and 10 of 11.

#23 FLORIDA STATE 75, Wake Forest 52 -- In this week's issue, the No. 23 Florida State men's basketball team is featured as one of the hot teams in the country in Sports Illustrated's "what's hot and what's not" list.

After walloping Wake Forest, 75-52, Wednesday night in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Seminoles are well on their way towards a repeat performance inside the magazine's pages.

Winners of five in a row - a streak that is the team's longest since 1993 - FSU (14-6, 5-1 ACC) has now scored at least 75 points in four consecutive games and has defeated Wake Forest (11-9, 2-4) four consecutive times - a feat that has not occurred since the 1993-94 season.

BYU (Cougars, 31,140 students, Provo, UT) 70, VIRGINIA TECH 68 -- Over the past three years, these are the type of losses that have kept the Hokies out of the big dance...Robert Brown's game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer glanced off the rim, and the Virginia Tech dropped a heartbreaker to Brigham Young in a non-conference game Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

With the loss, Tech fell to 12-8 overall on the season. BYU moved to 18-5.

The Hokies trailed 70-66 after BYU's Brock Zylstra buried a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left - his only basket of the game - and Noah Hartsock hit one of two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining. But Erick Green answered for Tech on a layup with 10 seconds remaining, and on the ensuing inbounds play, the Hokies forced a BYU turnover with 9.8 seconds to go, giving them a final attempt at a tie or win.

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