Sunday, February 17, 2013

Saturday ACC Basketball: Terps Knock Off #2 Duke With Late Free Throws

ALLEN #4 (Patrick Semansk/AP Photo)

MARYLAND 83, #2 DUKE 81 - This time they didn’t swallow their whistles and Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to give Maryland a big win overNo. 2 Duke.  The win ended a six-game skid for the Terps against the Blue Devils.

As the final horn sounded, thousands of fans from the sellout crowd charged onto the court to celebrate the Terrapins' most significant victory of the season. Maryland had lost 12 of 13 against Duke, including a 20-point embarrassment last month.

The Terrapins (18-7, 6-6 ACC) did not trail after halftime but never could pull away from the weary Blue Devils, who were playing their third game in a seven-day span.

Duke (22-3, 9-3) trailed by 10 with 3:39 left but pulled even when Rasheed Sulaimon made three foul shots with 16.7 seconds to go. Quinn Cook then fouled Allen as the freshman guard drove through the lane, and Allen made both shots.

After a Duke timeout, Cook's desperation 30-footer bounced off the back rim. Chaos ensued as the fans immediately rushed the court.

Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, and Allen scored 16.

FLORIDA STATE 69, BOSTON COLLEGE 66 - Michael Snaer is on the team so Florida State is more than familiar with tense, final-seconds moments in conference games. Saturday's game against Boston College had the same happy outcome FSU has grown accustomed to thanks to Snaer's magical shooting touch but the manner in which it was achieved was much different.

Instead of their clutch senior shooting for the win, the 'Noles escaped with a 69-66 thanks to a shot by the Eagles -- a looked-good-when-it-left 3-pointer at the buzzer by Ryan Anderson that would have forced overtime but instead clanked off the front of the rim.

Crisis avoided, win-column regained.

HAIRSTON (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
NORTH CAROLINA 93, VIRGINIA 81 - P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 29 points in his second straight start to help North Carolina beat Virginia on Saturday.

Freshman Marcus Paige added 17 for the Tar Heels (17-8, 7-5 ACC), who snapped a two-game skid with one of their strongest offensive showings this season. North Carolina shot 49.2 percent (29 of 59) and hit 13 3-pointers for its best total in a league game while staying with the four-guard lineup it used in Wednesday night's loss at rival Duke.
The Tar Heels had lost by 26 points at third-ranked Miami and by five to the No. 2 Blue Devils in the past week, but they buried shot after shot from outside Saturday and tore through a defense that ranked second nationally by allowing just 52 points per game.

Virginia (18-7, 8-4) hadn't allowed more than 69 points, a total UNC passed with more than 9 minutes left.  

GEORGIA TECH 57, WAKE FOREST 56 - Robert Carter Jr. hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds left, and Georgia Tech held off a last-chance shot by Wake Forest for a 57-56 victory on Saturday.

Marcus Georges-Hunt finished with 16 points, Daniel Miller had 15 and Carter 10 for the Yellow Jackets (14-10, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed most of the second half after leading by three points at the halftime break.

C.J. Harris and Travis McKie scored 15 points each for the Demon Deacons, who overcame 29.2 percent shooting (14 of 48) to lead by as many as five points midway through the second half.

Despite the poor shooting, Wake Forest led 56-53 on a McKie 3-pointer with 1:19 left. But Georges-Hunt hit a 3 with 1 minute left to pull Georgia Tech within a point.

After McKie missed an open 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, Georges-Hunt missed a driving dunk attempt that would have put the Yellow Jackets ahead. But Carter came down with the rebound and was fouled going up for a follow, setting up his game winning free throws.

LEWIS #12 (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. STATE 90, VIRGINIA TECH 86 OT - Now the trend is beginning to turn. Now NC State is beginning to win the close ones. And now the season is looking more promising again.

On a snowy afternoon, the Wolfpack was able to reach down and come up with a 90-86 ACC overtime victory against a gritty Virginia Tech team that bore no resemblance to an 11-14 opponent.

After edging Clemson on a buzzer beater by Scott Wood last week, Wood (22 points) again hit big shots to lead a balanced Pack attack, and gutsy Lorenzo Brown made two key steals and four clutch free throws in the last minute of the extra period.

Bottom line, State also wrecked Tech at the foul line, outscoring the Hokies 31-5.

Through it all, the suspense, the bumping and grinding, the Pack (18-7, 7-5 ACC) exhibited a resilient spirit. Without it the close game might have slipped away.

Leading 78-75 with 8.1 seconds left, Tech tied the score when Eddie Jarell hit a follow shot after Tech star Erick Green (29 points) purposely missed a second free throw attempt to force the OT. Ethan Hyman

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