Friday, January 27, 2012

Wolfpack's 80 Footer At The Half Buzzer

N.C. State’s Lorenzo Brown banked in an 80-foot heave to beat the halftime horn in last night’s game.

Thursday Night ACC Basketball

ZELLER (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
#7 NORTH CAROLINA 74, N.C. STATE 55 -- Tyler Zeller had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds to help UNC to their 11th straight victory in this series.

Reggie Bullock added 11 points in his first career start for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1 ACC), who dominated almost the entire night in their first game without injured starter Dexter Strickland. North Carolina’s defense shut down the Wolfpack (15-6, 4-2) with one of its better performances of the season, while the offense got plenty of chances around the rim.

North Carolina shot 48 percent and led by 31 points in the second half.

N.C. State was off to its best start in the league in six years under new coach Mark Gottfried and had lost just once since falling to then-No. 1 Syracuse on Dec. 17. But N.C. State never threatened to earn its first win over the Tar Heels since 2007 or its first win in Chapel Hill since 2003.

Wood scored 11 points to lead the Wolfpack, whose only real highlight came when Lorenzo Brown banked in an 80-foot heave to beat the halftime horn. By that point, however, the Tar Heels led by 14 points and were on the way to turning the entire second half into a crowd-pleasing romp.

ZEGLINSKI (Andrew Shurtleff/AP Photo)
#19 VIRGINIA 66, BOSTON COLLEGE 49 -- Sammy Zeglinski hit three-pointers 55 seconds apart in a 20-3 run late in the game and Mike Scott scored 18 points as the Cavaliers beat the Eagles for only the second time in seven tries.

Virginia (16-3, 3-2 ACC) matched it victory total of last season and rebounded from a home loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday night in which they managed just 45 points.

“Coming off the Virginia Tech game, I told our guys this is when you’ve got to step up,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, looking at a box score that showed several players made large contributions.

Akil Mitchell, who replaced Sene in the lineup but was a non-factor against the Hokies, scored a career-best 10 points and added five rebounds and two assists. Point guard Jontel Evans continued to heed Bennett’s advice to play aggressively at both ends and had 10 points, six assists and three steals. 

Zeglinski had four steals by halftime, and guard Malcolm Brogdon got seven rebounds.

Ryan Anderson had 12 points for Boston College (7-13, 2-4), which rallied from a 44-36 deficit to pull even on a 3-pointer by Danny Rubin with 10:25 to play. The Eagles hit seven 3-pointers in the game, but managed just one other field goal over the next 10 minutes as the Cavaliers pulled away.

Clemson’s Hall To Have Knee Repaired

Clemson safety Rashard Hall will miss spring practice after having surgery on a left knee that bothered him most of this past season.

Hall had 89 tackles last season to lead the Tigers as they won their first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years. The school said Hall had surgery earlier this week. He is expected back for his senior season.

Hall hurt the knee in Clemson's season opener against Troy. He missed the following week's game against Wofford before returning to play the final 12 games. He made at least eight tackles in each of the Tigers' final five games last season.

Hall has started 31 of his 40 games at Clemson.

Pictures Of The Day

John Henson #31 of the North Carolina Tar Heels winks after a dunk against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during play at the Dean Smith Center on January 26, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The North Carolina Tar Heels huddle just off of the court before a game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Dean Smith Center on January 26, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn of the USA during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super Combined on January 27, 2012 in St.Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts while playing against Andy Murray of Britain in their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 27, 2012. (Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)
Jockey Dwayne Dunn rides Rainbow Styling to win race 1 Catanach's Jewellers Handicap during Greater Dandenong Race Day at Caulfield Racecourse on January 26, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
A musher and his dogs negotiate a snowy hill duirng the Sedivackuv Long Dog Sled Race in the village of Destne in the Orlicke mountains of the Czech Republic.  (Photo by Petr Josek/Reuters)
Richard Johnson riding Arctic Ben on their way to winning The Contract Fire And Security Handicap Steeple Chase at Warwick racecourse on January 26, 2012 in Warwick, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

R.I.P. Dick Tufeld 1926-2012

Longtime radio and T.V. announcer Dick Tufeld has died at 85.

You would recognize his voice: “Danger, Will Robinson!” oft quoted from Lost In Space.

Ahhh...Some Things Never Change...

Rumor has it that those crazy kids in College Park don't care for Duke. Could have something to do with the Blue Devils constantly kicking their Terp rear ends. At least, based on last night's game, they gap may be closing up a bit...
(Flickr: Diamondback Photo)
To see more Maryland fan photos from last night's game, click here.

Wednesday Night ACC Basketball

MASON PLUMLEE (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
#8 DUKE 74, MARYLAND 61 -- Mason Plumlee scored 23 points and No. 8 Duke averted its first losing streak of the season by pulling away from Maryland in the second half on Wednesday night.

Seeking to rebound from a rare home loss, the Blue Devils trailed 47-46 with 12:54 left but outscored Maryland 28-14 the rest of the way.

Ryan Kelly had 14 points and Austin Rivers contributed 10 for Duke (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Blue Devils have dominated this rivalry of late, winning four straight and 10 of 11.

#23 FLORIDA STATE 75, Wake Forest 52 -- In this week's issue, the No. 23 Florida State men's basketball team is featured as one of the hot teams in the country in Sports Illustrated's "what's hot and what's not" list.

After walloping Wake Forest, 75-52, Wednesday night in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Seminoles are well on their way towards a repeat performance inside the magazine's pages.

Winners of five in a row - a streak that is the team's longest since 1993 - FSU (14-6, 5-1 ACC) has now scored at least 75 points in four consecutive games and has defeated Wake Forest (11-9, 2-4) four consecutive times - a feat that has not occurred since the 1993-94 season.

BYU (Cougars, 31,140 students, Provo, UT) 70, VIRGINIA TECH 68 -- Over the past three years, these are the type of losses that have kept the Hokies out of the big dance...Robert Brown's game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer glanced off the rim, and the Virginia Tech dropped a heartbreaker to Brigham Young in a non-conference game Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

With the loss, Tech fell to 12-8 overall on the season. BYU moved to 18-5.

The Hokies trailed 70-66 after BYU's Brock Zylstra buried a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left - his only basket of the game - and Noah Hartsock hit one of two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining. But Erick Green answered for Tech on a layup with 10 seconds remaining, and on the ensuing inbounds play, the Hokies forced a BYU turnover with 9.8 seconds to go, giving them a final attempt at a tie or win.

Pictures Of The Day

Mourners line the sidewalks of College Avenue on the campus of Penn State, as the procession carries former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno from the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to his burial site, January 25, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A mourner ducks his head after paying respect to former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno during the second public viewing at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the campus of Penn State on January 25, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Two wrestling camels fight at the Pamucak arena during the Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling Festival in the town of Selcuk, near the western Turkish coastal city of Izmir, on January 15.  Hundreds of wrestling camels competed in the annual event watched by thousands of enthusiasts in western Turkey.  
(Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2012.  Nadal won in four sets.  (Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images) 
A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed 'Suomi NPP' on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.
South squad defensive lineman Quinton Coples, left, of North Carolina, battles Cordy Glenn, of Georgia, during Senior Bowl South Squad NCAA college football practice at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo)
Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams waves to fans during a ceremony to dedicate the court in his name before an NCAA basketball game between Maryland and Duke in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Williams, who retired in May with more wins than anyone in the history of the program, led Maryland to the Final Four in 2001 and a national title in 2002. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photos)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday Night ACC Basketball

KADJI (Gregory Smith/AP Photo)
MIAMI 64, GEORGIA TECH 49 - Kenny Kadji scored 21 points, Malcolm Grant had 16 and Miami beat Georgia Tech on Tuesday night to leave the Yellow Jackets in last place in the ACC.

Miami (11-7, 2-3) has won two of three. The Hurricanes took only their second road win in seven tries.

Mfon Udofia had 14 points for Georgia Tech (8-12, 1-5). The Yellow Jackets have lost four straight and eight of nine.

Georgia Tech trailed 49-39 after a free throw by Glen Rice Jr. with 7:12 remaining. Back-to-back baskets by Kammeon Holsey cut Miami's lead to 54-45 with 4:26 remaining, but the Hurricanes answered with six straight points to push the lead to 15 points.

Kadji, who had 14 points in the second half, led Miami with eight rebounds.

Pictures Of The Day

Students leave notes on a cardboard cutout of former Penn StatFootball coach Joe Paterno in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries on the campus of Penn State on January 24, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Mourners pay respect to former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno during a public viewing at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the campus of Penn State on January 24, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photos by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Haiti Photo Diary

Here is the link to my photo diary with a complete description of my trip to Haiti.  In the future, I will be looking for all my friends to help me build a few wells… 

Clean water is a life saver in the remote villages of this country devastated by hundreds of years of  predatory and corrupt government, natural disasters, etc.  I realize we have plenty to do to help folks here at home (plug for Mr. Anderson’s Habitat For Humanity), but the children of Haiti are pretty irresistible… -- GP

Here is the public link to my Facebook photos again as some of you couldn’t get it open…who knows why? I blame Kim Dotcom…but that’s just me.

Sunday ACC Basketball

VIRGINIA TECH 47, #15 VIRGINIA 45 – The roundball version of the Commonwealth Cup was almost as hard to watch as the football version.  But this wasn’t lopsided like its pigskin cousin, it was just plain ugly.  The Wahoos came into the game with one of the best defenses in the country giving up 50.4 points per game, but their offense failed to fire scoring 45 points against a Hokie defense that gave up 48 points in the second half earlier in the week against North Carolina.

The Wahoos shot 25% in the first half and 33% for the game.  They were 1 for 14 from behind the arc.  That’s 7.1% for those of you keeping score at home.

Game over.

Now streaking Virginia Tech guard Dorenzo Hudson drained a three-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, and that turned out to be the game winner.

With the win, Tech snapped a four-game losing streak, moving to 12-7 overall, 1-4 in the ACC. Virginia, which swept the season series from Tech a year ago, fell to 15-3 overall, 2-2 in the league.

The win marked Tech's first over a ranked team on the road since beating No. 12 Clemson on Feb. 25, 2009.

In a nip-and-tuck affair, Erick Green gave the Hokies a 42-41 lead on two free throws with 1:52 remaining. UVa's Mike Scott then turned the ball over, and Tech capitalized, as Hudson hit a short shot with 1:11 left to give the Hokies a 44-41 lead.

GOTTFRIED AND WOOD (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. STATE 78, MIAMI 73 – Scott  Wood scored 21 points to lead North Carolina State to a  victory over Miami on Sunday.

The Wolfpack led 55-41 midway through the second half and withstood a late Miami rally. Kenny Kadji's dunk with 1:44 remaining got the Hurricanes to within 72-68.

N.C. State (15-5, 4-1 ACC) responded with five unanswered points, capped by Wood's two free throws with 18 seconds left.

"I thought it was a gutsy win for us; I'm proud of our team," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "They made a charge, we were able to withstand it and still found a way to win. I like that about our team."

Earlier in the game, Wood's second of three free throws set the ACC all-time consecutive free-throw record of 55 after he was fouled on an attempted 3-pointer with 5:21 remaining. He increased the mark to 58 by game's end. Duke's J.J. Redick set the previous record of 54 in 2003-04.

The Joe Pa Dilemma

(Mark/Centre Daily Times/ZUMA)
Thousands of people gathered for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno in State College, PA yesterday.

There are those who worship Joe Pa and those who are angry with him for not doing more to stop Jerry Sandusky.  It’s a slippery slope.  

We surmise any poor decisions Joe Pa made late in his career were more likely related to his age and unfamiliarity with the likes of sex crimes than his desire to protect his legacy.  The bottom line is that, while we remain advocates of the simple fact the extremely successful people should be allowed to orchestrate their own exit, there is a point where everybody is simply too old to perform effectively in such a complicated arena.

“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it, and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was,” Paterno told The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins when discussing the Sandusky scandal. “So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

“I should have said ‘Hey where are we with this thing?’ ” Paterno said. He described himself as paralyzed by the unthinkable subject matter. He had “backed away,” he said, and trusted his bosses to handle it.

“I didn’t know which way to go,” he said. “And rather than get in there and make a mistake . . .”

We wish Joe Pa had called it quits three or four-years ago…

To read an excellent obituary written by Len Shapiro for the Washington Post, click here.  The T.A.H. editorial staff spent some time with Len and his wife Vicky Moon last year at Saratoga and we thoroughly enjoyed his comprehensive view of the world of sports.

Pictures Of The Day

Tom Brady leaps over the goal line with the go ahead touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.  (Photo by Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated)
Lawrence Tynes #9 and Steve Weatherford #5 of the New York Giants celebrate after Tynes kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

R.I.P. Joe Pa 1926 - 2012

(AP file photo)

Saturday ACC Basketball

SNAER (Gerry Broome/AP Photos)
FLORIDA STATE 76, DUKE 73 – Behind Michael Snaer's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, the Florida State men's basketball team upset No. 4 Duke, 76-73, to snap the Blue Devils' 45-game winning steak at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The Noles have won three games in their Saturday-to-Saturday blitz defeating nationally ranked Duke and North Carolina as well as Maryland.

Nice, Florida State, NICE!

Ending such a stellar run by one of college basketball's premier programs is one thing. The manner in which the Seminoles accomplished that task is another.

After Duke's Seth Curry hit a lay-up to tie the game at 73-73 with less than five seconds left on the game clock and with no timeouts to use, Luke Loucks took FSU's inbounds pass hastily across mid court where Bernard James' well-placed screen gave him the necessary room to find the game's soon-to-be hero.

Snaer released the shot with .02 left on the game clock.  Ironically, it was a three-pointer.

C.J. HARRIS (Stephan Savoia/AP Photos)
WAKE FOREST 71, BOSTON COLLEGE 56 – Wake Forest's Travis McKie posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Ty Walker finished with 11 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Demon Deacons to a win at Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

McKie finished 9-for-18 from the floor and added three blocks, as the sophomore forward fueled an early run that gave the Deacons the advantage in the first half. Wake Forest (11-8, 2-3 ACC) never trailed in the game, led by as many as 17 and staved off a second-half BC rally to post the road conference victory.

Behind the play of Walker, the Deacons dominated the paint. Wake out-rebounded Boston College (7-12, 2-3 ACC), 42-37, and outscored the Eagles 40-24 in the paint. Carson Desrosiers was also solid inside, pulling down eight boards with a block off the bench.

Temple 73, MARYLAND 60 – Terrell Stoglin scored 20 points and Pe'Shon Howard had 15, but Maryland fell to Temple Saturday morning at the Palestra.

James Padgett added 10 points and Sean Mosley had a season-high 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome Temple's Khalif Wyatt and Ramone Moore, who scored 20 points each.

Juan Fernandez added 14 points and Aaron Brown had 12 for the Owls (13-5), who won for the seventh time in nine games. Temple had a 10-point lead sliced to one in the second half until Wyatt and Moore hit consecutive 3-pointers to give them some needed breathing room.

TANNER SMITH (Anderson Independent Mail/Mark Crammer/AP)
CLEMSON 64, GEORGIA TECH 62 – All Andre Young needed to end his three-game shooting slump was a power outage - a power outage at Littlejohn Coliseum to be more specific. But after a power surge on the Clemson campus turned off the lights at the 5:56 mark in the first half Saturday, Young's shooting was turned on.

After a 23-minute delay, Young came out red hot, as he scored 15 straight points for the Tigers on his way to career-high 29 points and a personal best seven three-pointers as Clemson beat Georgia Tech 64-62.

With the win, Clemson improved to 10-9 and 2-3 in the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets slipped to 8-11 and 1-4 in the ACC.

Joe Pa’s Condition Called “Serious”

Candles circle the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, outside of Beaver Stadium in the early hours of January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The community was reacting to news that Joe Paterno, who is suffering from lung cancer and who was fired in November in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against a former assistant, was in serious condition.

To make matters a little worse, A student-run news organization that covers Penn State has posted a letter online from its managing editor announcing his immediate resignation after the publication’s Twitter account sent messages saying former coach Joe Paterno had died.

Paterno’s sons disputed Onward State’s Saturday posts, and the publication recanted. But not before the erroneous information was reported and amplified by many media organizations across the country and retweeted uncounted times. The Associated Press did not publish the report.

Devon Edwards says in the letter that he takes responsibility and “never, in a million years, would have thought that Onward State would be cited by the national media.” He did not explain how the error occurred.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Pictures Of The Day

Missouri 's Kim English (24) looks on as teammates Phil Pressey (1) and Ricardo Ratliffe (10) celebrate after Baylor's Pierre Jackson (55) fouled Pressey in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Waco, Texas. Missouri won 89-88. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Cameron Crazies taunt Luke Loucks #3 of the Florida State Seminoles as he attempts to inbound the ball against the Duke Blue Devils during the final seconds of play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 21, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. Florida State won 76-73 to end Duke's 44-game home winning streak. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Austin Rivers of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a loss to the Florida State Seminoles at the buzzer at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 21, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils goes up for a dunk over Deividas Dulkys #4 of the Florida State Seminoles during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 21, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Coach Leonard Hamilton of the Florida State Seminoles huddles with his team against the Duke Blue Devils during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 21, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Notre Dame students rush the court following their 67-58 victory over Syracuse of an NCAA college basketball game Syracuse, Saturday Jan. 21, 2012, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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