Sunday, December 23, 2012

ACC Saturday Night Basketball

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Big post-exams, pre-Christmas schedule...

#25 N.C. STATE 92, St. Bonaventure 73 - C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points to lead No. 25 North Carolina State past St. Bonnie’s.

Scott Wood added a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Lorenzo Brown had a season-high 11 assists for the Wolfpack (9-2).

The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 57 percent, never trailed and now heads into its weeklong holiday break on a five-game winning streak.

Eric Mosley had 18 points for St. Bonaventure (7-4).  

#23 NORTH CAROLINA 97, McNeese State 63 - North Carolina coach Roy Williams liked what his players did. He didn't love the way they did it.

P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points and Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-3), who made 13 of 28 3-point attempts and never trailed. James Michael McAdoo scored 12 points, Leslie McDonald added 11 points, and Brice Johnson had 10 points for North Carolina.

BOSTON COLLEGE 71, Providence 68 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and freshman Olivier Hanlan recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds as Boston College defeated Providence.

Anderson reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row and the fifth time this season. He went 7-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-13 from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds. Hanlan went 6-for-10 from the charity stripe and hit three 3-pointers. Freshman Joe Rahon had six assists.

The game was tight the entire way as the largest lead of the day was six points. There were 12 ties and 14 lead changes.

(Chuck Burton/AP Photo)
FLORIDA STATE  79, UNC Charlotee 76 - Michael Snaer scored 30 points in his first game back from a one-game absence, and Aaron Thomas scored 17 as Florida State beat Charlotte.

Snaer, a senior guard who sat out a win over Louisiana-Monroe on Monday for disciplinary reasons, had 17 points at halftime and hit two free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining to help seal the win.

Thomas, a freshman guard, came off the bench and scored 15 of his points in the second half and hit one of two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Seminoles (7-4) their final margin.


GEORGIA TECH 73, The Citadel 41 - Kammeon Holsey scored 14 points, Robert Carter pulled down 10 rebounds and Georgia Tech's defense stifled The Citadel.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (8-2), who won their fourth straight and improved to 6-0 at home.

Matt Groselle and Lawrence Miller each had nine points for The Citadel (3-7), which shot 25.4 percent from the floor for the game. Stephen Elmore finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Carter had nine points and Julian Royal added eight for Georgia Tech, which shot 43.7 percent.

MIAMI 73, Hawaii 58 - Durand Scott scored 20 points and Julian Gamble added 16 points and 13 rebounds as Miami defeated Hawaii in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.

Shane Larkin had 12 points and Trey McKinney Jones 11 points for the Hurricanes (8-1), who face No. 4 Arizona (10-0) in Sunday's semifinals. Arizona beat East Tennessee State earlier Saturday.
The Hurricanes broke open a close game with a 14-5 run to start the second half.

VIRGINIA TECH 66, Bradley 65 - Virginia Tech fought back from a 13-point first half deficit and defeated Bradley in overtime in the semifinal of the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic in the Orleans Arena on Saturday night.

Tech, now 9-2 on the season, trailed the Braves, 35-25, at the intermission, but Tech roared back and took a 55-53 lead with 2:03 remaining in regulation on a lay-up by Erick Green. Walt Lemon, Jr., hit a lay-up with nine seconds remaining to tie the game at 55-55 for Bradley, now 8-3 overall. Green got a good look at a final shot, but missed and the game went into overtime.

(Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP Photo)

WAKE FOREST 84, UNCG 70 - Wake Forest closed the first half on a 12-2 run to fend off UNCG on Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Wake Forest (6-5) broke open what was a close game early on with its late run to end the half. The Demon Deacons trailed 27-26 at the 2:24 mark but followed with 10 straight points to take control of the game. C.J. Harris hit a running layup just before the buzzer to give Wake Forest a 38-29 halftime advantage.

The Spartans (2-8) closed to within six in the opening minutes of the second half but could not get closer than nine beyond that as Wake Forest maintained a steady advantage.

Old Dominion 63, VIRGINIA 61 - Dimitri Batten scored 14 of his career-best 23 points during a 21-4 second-half run Saturday night and Old Dominion stunned Virginia 63-61 in the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic.

The Monarchs (2-10) had lost nine in a row coming into the game at Richmond Coliseum, but became the third Colonial Athletic Association team to beat Virginia this season. The Cavaliers (9-3) have also lost at George Mason and at home against Delaware, but had won eight straight since that setback to the Blue Hens on Nov. 13.

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