Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

THE GAME WINNER
(Andrew Shurtleff/AP Photo)
#22 FLORIDA STATE 63, #24 VIRGINIA 60 -- AP edited:  For a team that has made a habit out of hitting game-winning three-pointers, this was a new one for No. 22 Florida State.

Like the buzzer-beating wins over Duke and Virginia Tech, FSU's victory ended the same way with a clutch long-range jumper. But on a night when the Seminoles (20-9, 11-4 ACC) were looking to avoid their first three-game conference losing streak since 2008, it wasn't Michael Snaer that took the final shot and Bernard James wasn't there to set a well-timed screen or celebrate with his teammates.

Instead, Ian Miller played the role of hero this time as his three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left gave the 'Noles their fourth-consecutive 20-win season and capped off an impressive comeback after it seemed like the garnet-and-gold colored wheels had fallen off following James' ejection.

The Wahoos squandered a 12 point lead with 4:33 left to play and a brilliant senior night-effort by ACC Player of the Year candidate Mike Scott.  Scott played 38 minutes, scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.  

Every time the Seminoles looked like toast, Miller came to their rescue.  The sophomore from Charlotte, NC scored nine of his 18 points while FSU outscored Virginia 16-2 in the final four minutes. 
SMITH (Mark Crammer/Anderson Independent-Mail/AP Photo)
CLEMSON 58, VIRGINIA TECH 56 -- AP edited: Clemson won its eighth straight Senior Night game on Thursday as the Tigers overcame an early 10-point deficit to knock off Virginia Tech in front of 8,735 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Senior guard Tanner Smith made two free throws with 2:41 to play to give Clemson the two-point advantage, and the Tiger defense held Tech scoreless over that final stretch to secure the victory. The Tigers moved to 16-13 overall, 8-7 in the ACC with the win. The loss dropped Virginia Tech to 15-15, 4-11 in conference play. 

 Smith was Clemson's leading scorer with 14 points, and the Alpharetta, GA native also chipped in with six rebounds and four assists. Fellow senior Andre Young was also in double figures with 10 points, while junior Devin Booker scored 11 points off the bench. Milton Jennings had a game-high 12 rebounds as the Tigers out-rebounded the Hokies 36-30.

Clemson did not make a three-point basket for the first time since the dawn of time....OK, OK it was the first time since the game against in-state rival(?) Furman during the 2009-10 season, a stretch of 84 games. The Tigers shot 44 percent from the field, despite being 0-for-10 from three-point range, compared to the Hokies' 43 percent. 

Conversely, Virginia Tech was hot from behind the arc with an 8-for-16 clip on threes. Jarell Eddie led Virginia Tech with 15 points, while Cadarian Raines added 12.

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