Thursday, November 29, 2012

ACC/Big 10 Challenge Round 2: ACC 4, Big 10 2

MASON PLUMLEE (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

With four wins last night the ACC brought the annual challenge to a stalemate with an overall tally of 6-6 thus avoiding the dreaded MARYLAND vs. Maryland tie breaker game.

“That’s a relief,” said Terps coach Mark Sturgeon, “We don’t match up very well against ourselves and depth is really a problem.”

While it’s too early in the season to make a predictions, we predict the ACC media and coaches all missed the bus when they picked N.C. State to win the ACC.  By any measure, that now looks like a sure win for Duke after the Blue Devils have knocked off three top-five teams in their first seven wins.

Here are the summaries of last night’s action or ACCtion as likes to call it...

#2 DUKE 73, #4 Ohio State 68 - Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds as Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Rasheed Sulaimon scored 17 points and Ryan Kelly added 15 and hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips downcourt early during the 20-7 run that put the Blue Devils (7-0) ahead to stay and sent them to their third win over a top-five team this month.

Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points for Ohio State (4-1), while Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 11 apiece.

Shannon Scott pulled the Buckeyes within 66-64 with a free throw with 28.9 seconds left before Quinn Cook sealed it by hitting six free throws in the final 27.3 seconds.  Recap. 
ROBERT CARTER, JR. (Robert K. O'Daniell/AP)

MIAMI 67, #14 Michigan State 59 - Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points and the Miami Hurricanes (4-1) No. 13 Michigan State (5-2) without a field goal for a pivotal 51/2-minute stretch in the second half.

McKinney Jones went 5-for-7 from 3-point range, including a basket that capped a 14-2 run to start the second half that put them ahead 41-33.

The lead grew to 57-45, and they went 8-for-8 from the free throw line over the final 2:11 to seal the victory. Recap.

BOSTON COLLEGE 73, Penn State 61 - Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points and Boston College withstood a furious late-game rally to beat Penn State.

The Eagles (3-4)  led by 20 with 6:21 left before an 18-1 run got Penn State within 60-57 with 3:05 left, led by Jermaine Marshall (25 points) and D.J. Newbill (22).

Hanlan's three-point play on a jumper in the lane ended the spurt, and Andrew Van Nest's open layup gave Boston College a 65-59 lead with 1:52 left.  Recap.

Purdue 73, CLEMSON 61 - Purdue shot 57 percent in the first half while guard D.J. Byrd posted 20 of his 22 points as the Boilermakers outlasted Clemson (4-2). Purdue led by 20 at halftime and by as much as 23 in the second frame, the Tigers' largest deficit of the young season. 

Clemson was led by Devin Booker, who totaled 18 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Booker made it to the gym just after 6:00 after missing the last two days to be with an ailing family member. K.J. McDaniels added 15 points, six rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Recap.

JOE HARRIS (Andy Manis/AP Photo)
#22 Illinois 75, GEORGIA TECH 62 - Joseph Bertrand made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite No. 22 Illinois to a victory over Georgia Tech (4-2).

Illinois (8-0) took charge behind Bertrand, who also scored on a drives in the decisive surge to lift the Illini from a 58-54 deficit late in the second half.

The Illini finished the game on a 21-4 run. Recap.   

VIRGINIA 60, Wisconsin 54  - Joe Harris scored 22 points to lead Virginia (5-2) in a  win over Wisconsin (4-3) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Wednesday night.

Darion Arkins scored 14 for the Cavaliers, while Akil Mitchell added 11.

Ben Brust led Wisconsin with 15 points, while Jared Berggren added 12.

Harris was intentionally fouled with just less than a minute left and converted both free throws to put the Cavaliers up 57-50. Recap. Recap.   

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