Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunday ACC Hoops

SNAER (Phil Sears/AP Photo)
#22 FLORIDA STATE 80, CLEMSON 72 -- FSU wanted a win for its six seniors playing in their final game at the Donald L. Tucker Center and to match the school record for most ACC victories in a season. The Seminoles probably wanted to enact a little payback for a 20-point loss at Clemson in January that threatened to derail its ACC schedule before it ever got started, too.

Florida State (21-9, 12-4 ACC) accomplished all three of those goals as it capped off the 2011-12 regular season Sunday with a win over the Tigers.

Michael Snaer led the way with a career-high 23 points, although three seniors finished in double figures. Bernard James and Xavier Gibson both had 13 points and Luke Loucks added 10, including three critical free throws in the final 18 seconds.

 The Seminoles finished third in the ACC behind North Carolina and Duke and have a first-round bye in the league tournament that begins Thursday.

Clemson (16-14, 8-8) scratched back from a 16-point deficit early in the second half and climbed within 75-72 with 30 seconds left on two free throws by freshman K.J. McDaniels, but could get no closer.

SCOTT (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
K.J. McDaniels and Andre Young scored 16 points each and Devin Booker had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson, which had won five of six.

#24 VIRGINIA 75, MARYLAND 72 OT -- It looked like the Cavs (22-8, 9-7) might waste another exceptional game by Mike Scott, letting a game-long lead slip away and heading into overtime Sunday against the Terps.  But, Virginia held on for it’s 22nd win of the season -- the most regular season wins since the Ralph Samson era (25 in 1982-83).

Scott had a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Sammy Zeglinski scored 20 points.
Scott accounted for half of Virginia's 14 points in overtime. The 6-foot-8 senior had never scored more than 28 points in an ACC game.

LESLIE (Ethan Hyman/News & Observer)
The Cavaliers blew a 12-point lead over the final 8 minutes of regulation but survived the extra session to break a two-game skid.

N.C. STATE 70, VIRGINIA TECH 58  -- When Scott Wood scores, N.C. State is a different and better basketball team.  Last night, Wood scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack past Virginia Tech in Cassel Colliseum.

N.C. State (20-11, 9-7 ACC), which snapped a four-game skid to the Hokies and won 20 games in the regular season for the first time since 2005-06, also got 18 points from C.J. Leslie.

The Wolfpack clinched the No. 5 seed in the ACC tournament Thursday in Atlanta. Virginia Tech (15-16, 4-12) lost its fourth straight and will be the No. 10 seed in the conference tournament.

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