Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hump Night ACC Basketball: Nothing Weird Happened

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
#5 DUKE 75, WAKE FOREST 70 - Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points and No. 5 Duke held off Wake Forest on Wednesday night to avoid another ACC road upset.  

The main takeaway:  What a difference a Kelly makes -On Jan. 5, Ryan Kelly scored a season-high 22 points and hit 5 of 7 threes s as Duke dispatched the young Deacons 80-62.  Last night it was a completely different story albeit with the same outcome.

Seth Curry added 21 points, including a tiebreaking three-pointer in the final minutes for the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 ACC).

Duke shot nearly 52 percent - despite going just 2-for-14 from 3-point range - and got a huge night from their senior big man to earn their first road victory of the season.

Freshman Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5), who were denied their second upset of a nationally ranked state rival in eight nights.


#14 MIAMI 73, VIRGINIA TECH 64 - It was closer than the final score would indicate and just another example of how hard it is to win on the road this season in the ACC.

Shane Larkin scored 25 points and No. 14 Miami took command with a 13-2 second-half run t0 beat Virginia Tech for their eighth consecutive victory.

Kenny Kadji added 18 points and Trey McKinney-Jones had 12 for the Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0 ACC), who trailed by 12 in the first half before getting a 22-6 burst spanning halftime.

National scoring leader Erick Green led the Hokies (11-9, 2-5) with 30 points and Jarell Eddie had 14, but Virginia Tech's other scorers struggled after a fast start. The loss was the seventh in the last nine games for Virginia Tech.

THE GAME WINNER  (Mike Ewen/Tallahassee Democrat)
FLORIDA STATE 73, MARYLAND 71 - End-game situation: FSU needs a shot to win the game.  You MUST guard Michael Snaer.  You must.  Snaer is going to take that last shot and, as it has been for most of his career, he will make that shot...Defend accordingly.

Snaer made his second game-winning basket in a week, drilling a three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift Florida State to a win over Maryland on Wednesday.

It was the second last-gasp three-pointer in seven days for Snaer, who also lifted the Seminoles to a 60-57 win on Jan. 24 when he banked in a 25-footer at the buzzer to beat Clemson. (Did he call it?)

Snaer now has made four triples to win games in the past 13 months. He also had two buzzer-beating treys last season to give Florida State wins over Duke and Virginia Tech.

Do you sense a pattern here?

Snaer had 19 points and Okaro White added 14 points for Florida State (12-8, 4-3 ACC), which had lost three of its last four games.

Maryland's Dez Wells scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, shooting 8 of 12 from the floor. But the Terrapins fell short as Alex Len, who averages 13 points per game, scored a season-low four points.


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