Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend ACC Basketball

(AP Photo)
#6 DUKE 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 68 - Young players don't often play well at Cameron Indoor Stadium - unless they're wearing Duke uniforms.

Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 27 points and fellow freshman Amile Jefferson added a personal-best 14 to lead Duke past Boston College 89-68 on Sunday.

Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3), who shot nearly 54 percent - 62 percent during the first half - and outscored one of the ACC's youngest teams 48-17 during the 15 1/2 minute span that put this one out of reach by halftime.

VIRGINIA 82, GEORGIA TECH 54 - Akil Mitchell scored 18 points, Joe Harris added 15 and Jontel Evans had eight assists as Virginia shook off a tough loss to Miami Tuesday with an 82-54 win over Georgia Tech Sunday.

Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-10 ACC) with 12 points. Daniel Miller added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

A Robert Carter Jr. 3-pointer cut Virginia's lead to 45-40, but the Cavaliers (19-8, 9-5) responded with a 16-1 run over the next 4-plus minutes to take a 61-41 lead.

Evans had two drives to the hoop during the surge and freshman Taylor Barnette capped it with back-to-back 3-pointers.

In the first half, Virginia shot 53 percent from the field (16 of 30), but allowed Georgia Tech to shoot 54 percent (13 of 24). The difference was the Yellow Jackets' 10 turnovers. The Cavaliers had only two. 

(AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)
VIRGINIA TECH 80, FLORIDA STATE 70 - Virginia Tech got 26 points from star guard Erick Green and some stellar free-throw shooting down the stretch to knock off the Seminoles 80-70 in an ACC game played Sunday evening at Cassell Coliseum.

The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Hokies, who moved to 12-15, 3-11 in the ACC. Florida State, which had a two-game winning streak against Tech, fell to 14-13 overall, 6-8 in league play.

WAKE FOREST 80, #2 MIAMI - C.J. Harris scored 23 points to lead Wake Forest to an 80-65 upset of No. 2-ranked Miami on Saturday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum. The Demon Deacons handed the Hurricanes their first ACC loss of the season, snapping Miami's 14-game winning streak.

Harris went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half, as Wake Forest (12-14, 5-9 ACC) built a 19-point lead in the period.

Miami (22-4, 13-1 ACC) fought back to within five in the second half, but the Deacons used a 12-0 run midway through the period to reclaim control. Harris sparked the run with a fastbreak dunk, and Madison Jones scored five points to lead the stretch.

Recap.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

NORTH CAROLINA 76, N.C. STATE 65 -  Reggie Bullock had 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State 76-65 on Saturday.

Freshman point guard Marcus Paige added 14 points and eight assists for the Tar Heels (19-8, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won three straight games to build momentum and climb the league standings.

North Carolina went ahead for good with an 18-2 run in the second half while holding the Wolfpack to a single basket during a nearly 5-minute stretch.

James Michael McAdoo also scored 14 for UNC, while P.J. Hairston added 12. The Tar Heels also scored 24 points off 17 turnovers to offset the Wolfpack's size advantage.

 (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)
MARYLAND 72, CLEMSON 59 - Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has implored sophomore Nick Faust to do a better job stepping into his shot as opposed to being too loose with his technique.
Faust took the advice and had a season-high 18 points and Maryland won its fourth consecutive game over Clemson, 72-59 on Saturday.

Freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Terrapins (19-8, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are 16-2 at home.

"Nick has put a lot of time into his jumper," Turgeon said. "I thought his floor game was good. He got us into our offense. I thought he defended better. I am on Nick all the time to be an elite defender and take on a challenge."

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