Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

C.J. LESLIE (John Bazemore/AP Photo)
N.C. STATE 61, GEORGIA TECH 52 - C.J. Williams scored 15 points and North Carolina State avenged a loss to Georgia Tech last month, holding off the Yellow Jackets Thursday night.

The Wolfpack (18-7, 7-3 ACC) got a typically balanced scoring attack, with three other players in double figures. Kammeon Holsey had 17 points for Georgia Tech (9-15, 2-8), which couldn't overcome 32 percent shooting, including 1-for-17 from 3-point range.

The Yellow Jackets upset N.C. State 82-71 in Raleigh, giving coach Brian Gregory his first ACC win. The Wolfpack could not afford another setback like that to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid.

N.C. State forward Scott Wood finally missed a free throw, ending his ACC record streak at 66 in a row. Actually, he missed three, going 2-for-5 at the foul line.

MIAMI 65, VIRGINIA TECH 49 - Don't look now, but the Canes seem to be rounding into form under Big Dance veteran coach Jim Larranaga formerly of George Mason.  

DURAND SCOTT (Carl Juste/Miami Herald)
Reggie Johnson scored 15 points as Miami defeated Virginia Tech Thursday night to follow up Sunday's win over No. 7 Duke.

The Hurricanes (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) built an eight-point halftime lead and outscored Virginia Tech 10-4 in the first 4:22 of the second half. Johnson's layup with 15:38 remaining put the Hurricanes ahead, 40-26.

The Hokies (13-11, 2-7) rallied with an 8-0 run. Dorian Finney-Smith's layup off a Miami turnover with 7:58 remaining ended the run and put Virginia Tech within 47-42.

Larkin scored 14 points and Kenny Kadji finished with 11 points for Miami, which won its fifth straight.
Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 17 points and increased his double-digit scoring streak to 25 consecutive games.

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