Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend ACC Basketball Scoreboard

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#14 N.C. STATE 66, CLEMSON 62 - N.C. State never trailed Sunday in its 66-62 victory over Clemson at PNC Arena, but that doesn't mean the Tigers didn't give the Wolfpack a scare on head coach Mark Gottfried's birthday.

Scott Wood made three out of four free throws in the final minute and the Pack's press created two backcourt turnovers in the closing seconds to secure the victory after the Tigers twice tied the game in the latter part of the second half.

State (15-3 overall, 4-1 ACC) opened the game with a 10-0 run, thanks to three quick 3-pointers by freshman Rodney Purvis, and never let the Tigers take it away. Freshman T.J. Warren scored 10 straight at one point and 14 in the first half as the Pack took a 34-26 advantage into intermission.
But the Tigers, behind the scoring of senior center Devin Booker and sophomore guard Rod Hall, stayed within striking distance. Senior forward Milton Jennings twice hit 3-pointers to tie the game.

In the end, however, Wood's free-throw shooting saved the win, as the Pack won on its home court for the 11th consecutive game this season.

VIRGINIA TECH 66, WAKE FOREST 65 - Robert Brown's short jumper in front of the goal with 12.3 seconds remaining lifted Virginia Tech to an ACC victory over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

The win marked Tech's second in a row after the Hokies had dropped four straight. Tech is now 11-6 overall on the season, 2-2 in the ACC. Wake Forest, which lost to the Hokies for the sixth time in the past seven meetings, fell to 9-8 overall, 2-3 in the ACC.

Brown, who had made one of his previously 10 attempts, had the ball with the shot clock winding down before driving to the lane. He put up a short jumper in front of the rim and was fouled by Wake Forest's Devin Thomas. He missed the free throw.

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NORTH CAROLINA 62, MARYLAND 52 - Reggie Bullock kept burying shot after shot. The defense kept harassing Maryland's ballhandlers on every possession.

For a half, coach Roy Williams couldn't have asked for more from his up-and-down North Carolina team.  Then there was the second half that saw the sometimes anemic Tar Heel offense generate 20 points.

Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half, 
Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half, James Michael McAdoo added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who turned in a dominating first-half performance to build a 22-point lead at the break. 

Maryland (14-4, 2-3) never fully recovered from that mistake-filled first half and never got the lead below double figures after halftime, even after UNC slowed down.

VIRGINIA 56, FLORIDA STATE 36 - Joe Harris scored 17 points and Virginia used a 22-4 run late in the first half and stifling defense throughout to beat Florida State for the first time in eight tries, on Saturday.

Akil Mitchell added 13 points for the Cavaliers (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led 33-15 at halftime - the fifth time this season they have held an opponent under 20 first-half points. It was the first time they have done it in an ACC game since they led Clemson 28-14 on Feb. 10, 1996.

Michael Snaer scored nine points to lead the Seminoles (10-7, 2-2), who shot 37 percent, missed 14 of 15 3-point attempts and committed 18 turnovers that Virginia turned into 20 points.

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