Thursday, January 3, 2013

ACC Wednesday Night Basketball

KELLY (Lance King/Getty Images)
#1 DUKE 67, Davidson 50. - Brian Kelly scored 18 points to help top-ranked Duke remain unbeaten with a victory over Davidson on Wednesday night.

Quinn Cook scored 15 points and Mason Plumlee scored eight of his 10 in the second half for the Blue Devils (13-0), who are one of only four undefeated teams remaining in Division I.Tyler Thornton added 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second half to spark Duke.

"For our guys to go 13-0 with our nonconference schedule is just magnificent," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It's terrific."

The game was tied 29-all at halftime before Duke opened the second half with a 12-0 run. The Blue Devils, who led by as many as 19 in the second half, heated up from 3-point range after the break, going 3 for 4 in the early minutes of the period.

WAKE FOREST 66, Xavier 59 - Travis McKie scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Wake Forest responded to its only second-half deficit with a 12-0 run to defeat Xavier in the Skip Prosser Classic on Wednesday evening at the Joel Coliseum.

After Wake Forest (7-5) led by as many as 11 points early in the second half, Xavier (7-6) stormed back to take a 49-48 lead at the 6:58 mark. But the Demon Deacons responded immediately with a 12-0 run to push the lead back to 11 points with 2:34 remaining, and the Musketeers would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Wake Forest now leads the Skip Prosser Classic 2-1 after also winning the opening game of the series against Xavier in January of 2010.

Codi Miller-McIntyre and C.J. Harris joined McKie in double figures. Miller-McIntyre scored 16 points on an efficient 6-of-7 shooting and also led the Deacons with three assists. Harris notched 15 points, including a 5-of-6 mark from the free throw line.

Freshman Devin Thomas dominated the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds that shattered his previous career-high of eight boards.


MIAMI 76, La Salle 59 - Shane Larkin and Durand Scott scored 18 points each to lead Miami to a victory over La Salle Wednesday night.

The Hurricanes (9-3) broke the game open with a 16-2 run midway through the second half. Larkin hit consecutive 3-pointers during the surge. The second of those, with 8:32 remaining, gave the Hurricanes their first double-digit lead at 57-47.

Erik Swoope's basket with 7:02 remaining ended the surge and increased Miami's lead to 61-47.
Trey McKinney Jones and Kenny Kadji finished with 14 points each for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Miami lost the final two games of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii against Arizona and Indiana State on Dec. 24 and 25.

CARTER, Jr. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Curtis Compton)
GEORGIA TECH 74, UT Chattanooga 58 - Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 16 points, fellow freshman Robert Carter Jr. had his third double-double and Georgia Tech defeated Chattanooga for its sixth straight victory.

Carter had 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets (10-2) pulled away in the second half after a sluggish start. Mfon Udofia scored 14 points for Georgia Tech, which made 17 of 28 second-half shots and outrebounded Chattanooga 42-25 for the game.

The Yellow Jackets are 8-0 at their new McCamish Pavilion and open ACC play by hosting Miami on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets broke the game open with a 16-6 second-half run, expanding a 40-33 lead with 4:20 gone to 56-39 with 8:30 remaining.

Kammeon Holsey had 10 points, Jason Morris scored nine and Daniel Miller contributed seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.

Auburn 78, FLORIDA STATE 72 - Winners of four in a row before Wednesday night's game at Auburn, the Florida State men's basketball team won't be taking a handful of consecutive victories with them into conference play.

After falling to the Tigers, the Seminoles now begin their ACC schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. at Clemson.

The game at Auburn Arena saw Florida State (8-5) generate a 12-point first-half advantage but the Tigers (6-7) clawed back to within one at 36-35 by halftime and then grabbed their first lead since the 15:29 mark of the first period less than two minutes into the second half.

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