Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday ACC Basketball: Duke Does It Again

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
#5 DUKE 78, N.C. STATE 73 - Take heart Tar Heel Nation, at least your guys didn’t blow a 20 pont lead...

For the second time in nine days, Duke staged a remarkable comeback to beat a neighborhood rival. This time they rallied from 20 points down with 11 1/2 minutes left and topped North Carolina State.

Seth Curry scored 21 of his season-high 26 points in the second half and freshman Austin Rivers added 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting for the Blue Devils (22-4, 9-2 ACC). They used late rallies of 13-0 and 20-3 to erase that huge deficit and keep pace with North Carolina and Florida State atop the league standings.

Lorenzo Brown scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack (18-8, 7-4), who trailed 76-73 with the ball in the final seconds with a chance to force overtime.

But Brown missed a contested 3-pointer from the corner with about 7 seconds left, and Curry hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds to go to seal NC State's 14th straight loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

#20 FLORIDA STATE 48, VIRGINIA TECH 47 - When we weren’t looking did the Noles and the Hokies move over to the Big East?  Sub-50s, really?

Michael Snaer's game-winning three-pointer with 2.6 seconds left gave FSU an improbable 48-47 come-from-behind victory.

Until he let the game-winner go, Snaer had been having a miserable game. He picked up an early technical for mouthing off to an official and managed only six points. He hadn’t come close on three earlier 3-point attempts.

SNAER (Steve Cannon/AP Photo)
Florida State (18-7, 9-2) trailed 45-37 with 1:29 left in the game, but Virginia Tech missed 5 of 6 free throw attempts over the final 1:09 to leave the door open for Snaer’s heroics from the right side of the court.

Snaer, who had made only 3 of his 10 previous shots, hit the game-winner from nearly the identical spot he produced similar heroics in Florida State’s 76-73 win at Duke on Jan. 21. Ian Miller’s three from the corner with 44 seconds left got the Seminoles within 47-45.

Virginia Tech (14-12, 3-8) had a chance to take a two-possession lead when Jarell Eddie was fouled grabbing an offensive rebound with 10.2 seconds left. But he began to cramp up. Robert Brown was selected to take the free throws and missed both.

Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 18 points and was nearly fouled as he launched a last-second desperation shot that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Miller led Florida State with 11 points and Snaer had nine to help the Seminoles, who have won nine of 10 and are tied for first in the ACC with North Carolina and Duke.

Florida State shot 40 percent from the field.

The Hokies shot just 32.7 percent in the game and were beaten 41-31 on the boards.

STOGLIN (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
 MARYLAND 81, BOSTON COLLEGE 65 - Terrell Stoglin scored 19 of his 24 points in the decisive first half, and Maryland cruised to victory over struggling Boston College.

Stoglin went 7 for 10 from the field before halftime and put the Terrapins in front for good by scoring 14 consecutive points over a three-minute span. The ACC scoring leader finished 5 for 8 from beyond the arc in his 18th game with at least 20 points.

Stoglin has 68 3-pointers this season, breaking the school record for a sophomore (Greivis Vasquez had 64 in 2007-08).

Maryland (15-10, 5-6) led by 19 with 13 minutes elapsed and 41-27 at halftime. After Boston College scored the first six points of the second half, three-point plays by Nick Faust and James Padgett ignited a 9-2 spree that made it 50-35.

The Eagles (8-18, 3-9) closed to 63-56 with three minutes left but could not complete the comeback.

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