Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday ACC Basketball

(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
#5 DUKE 70, VIRGINIA TECH 65 OT – Austin Rivers scored 23 points, Seth Curry added 19 and the Blue Devils held off Virginia Tech in overtime Saturday
Miles Plumlee added 15 rebounds and two free throws with 9.6 seconds left for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-2).

Less than 48 hours after claiming a critical victory at #15 Florida State, they found a way to win their sixth straight and remain atop the league standings with a week left in the regular season -- which ends with their rivalry rematch with No. 7 North Carolina.

"You're fighting human nature," Duke forward Ryan Kelly said. "You just got a huge victory on the road, you're just tired and fatigued. We need to get rejuvenated for next week because it's going to be a huge week."

Duke essentially won this one at the free throw line. The Blue Devils made 24 of their 34 free throws, including 6 of 8 in the final minute of overtime. The Hokies -- who entered making an ACC-best 73 percent of their foul shots -- were 7 of 16.

"Part of the game," said Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, his voice reduced to a near-whisper. "Players miss free throws. It's not just our team. All teams."

(Robert Willett/News & Observer)
#7 NORTH CAROLINA 54, #25 VIRGINIA 51 –  In a game best described as “almost unwatchable,” Tyler Zeller scored 20 points, including a critical dunk with 13.3 seconds left and the shot clock winding down  as the Tar Heels beat the Wahoos.  Zeller was meant to set a screen on the game winner, but somehow wound up wide open.

Virginia  gave North Carolina all they wanted in spite of the fact that the Cavs’ bigs were in foul trouble for most of the game.   North Carolina, on the other hand, shot poorly and even missed shot after shot from point blank range.

John Henson added 15 points, including 11 in the second half, as the Tar Heels (25-4, 12-2) kept pace with #5 Duke for first place in the ACC. The Blue Devils beat Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime Saturday.

Jontel Evans had 13 points and Joe Harris added 12 for Virginia (21-7, 8-6), which played much of the game with leading scorer and ACC player of the year candidate Mike Scott in foul trouble. Scott scored just six points, more than 11 below his average, and missed 10 of 13 shots.

Harrison Barnes had a poor shooting day for the Tar Heels, missing 12 of 15 shots. He scored seven points, but hauled in nine rebounds.

Free throw shooting probably saved UNC as they made 18 of 23 (78.3%).  They shot 33.3% from the field and were a mere 2-14 (14.3%) from behind the arc. The Wahoos weren’t much better shooting 35% for the game although they did make 6 of their 23 three-point tries.

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
CLEMSON 72, N.C. STATE 69 – Andre Young scored 12 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.5 seconds left, to help Clemson beat North Carolina State  in overtime on Saturday.

Young is the ACC's fourth best three-point shooter, but did not have a basket from behind the arc until he made a straightaway three to tie the game at 69-all with 1:13 left in overtime. Young's next shot was even better, a catch-and-shoot three from the left corner to put the Tigers (15-13, 7-7 ACC) out front to stay.
C.J. Leslie was off the mark on a three-point try on North Carolina State's attempt to force a second overtime on the final possession. Lorenzo Brown and Leslie had 18 points each to lead the Wolfpack (18-11, 7-7), who lost their fourth straight.

It looked like Brown would be the star of the overtime as he had three close-in baskets to build a 69-66 lead with 2:24 left. The Wolfpack had the chance to extend their lead, but C.J. Williams missed an open three before Young's first long-range basket.

Both teams had chances to win before overtime. Leslie, who scored 9 of his team's final 13 points of regulation, two foul shots put the Wolfpack ahead 62-60 before Tanner Smith tied it with two free throws of his own with 4.1 seconds left.

Milton Jennings led the Tigers with 17 points before fouling out in overtime. Smith added 15 while Devin Booker had nine points and 10 rebounds.

C.J. Williams had 16 points for North Carolina State.

Not that the Wolfpack played poorly. They shot nearly 54 percent for the period (14 of 26) as a team while Williams and Brown kept North Carolina State in it, making a combined 8 of 14 shots for 18 points and eight rebounds. The Wolfpack finished 30 of 60 from the field.

WAKE FOREST 85, BOSTON COLLEGE 56 – C.J. Harris scored 23 points to help Wake Forest beat Boston College.

Travis McKie added 21 points for the Demon Deacons (13-15, 4-10 ACC), who broke out of nearly three-week scoring slump to earn a season sweep of the Eagles.

After failing to score 60 points in each of the past four games, Wake Forest reached that mark with about 12 minutes left. The Demon Deacons shot 55 percent and went 9-for-14 from 3-point range for a rare easy victory.

Wake Forest led by 32 points late, its biggest lead in any game this season.

Ryan Anderson scored 18 points for the Eagles (8-20, 3-11), who fell to 0-8 on the road and lost their fourth straight overall. Boston College shot 43 percent, but didn't put much pressure on the Demon Deacons and gave up way too many open looks.

(Johnny Crawford/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP Photo)
GEORGIA TECH 63, MARYLAND 61 – Sophomore Kammeon Holsey recorded his first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgia Tech used stifling defense in the second half to upset Maryland.

The win was just the second in the past 13 games for the Yellow Jackets (10-18, 3-11 ACC), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Offensively, Georgia Tech had a balance performance with six players who scored at least seven points.

Georgia Tech, which lost 56-37 to Clemson Tuesday while scoring fewer points than in any game since 1980, was missing leading scorer Glen Rice Jr., who remains suspended, and reserve center-forward Nate Hicks, who is recovering from mononucleosis.

Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller added 10 points and four second-half blocked shots.
The Terrapins made just 7-of-30 shots in the second half.

Sean Mosley scored 16 points for Maryland, which made 6-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first half and just 1-of-5 after halftime.

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