Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tuesday ACC Basketball: Duke Seniors Go Out WIth A Bang

CURRY (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
#3 DUKE 85, VIRGINIA TECH 57 - The last home game for Duke's three seniors unexpectedly was tight until they turned it into a rout by doing what they do best.

Seth Curry hit 3-pointers. Mason Plumlee battled in the paint.

And Ryan Kelly - well, he did a little bit of everything to help the third-ranked Blue Devils pull away and beat Virginia Tech 85-57 on Tuesday night.

Curry scored 20 points with five 3-pointers, and Kelly added 18 points with team bests of nine rebounds and five assists in his second straight strong performance since coming back from an injury.

Plumlee finished with 14 points for Duke (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot nearly 52 percent yet struggled for a while in a classic trap-game scenario before outscoring the Hokies 32-10 during the final 12-plus minutes to finish unbeaten at home for the 17th time in school history.

BOSTON COLLEGE 68, CLEMSON 61 - Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 24 points, including 21 in the second half, to lead Boston College past Clemson, 68-61, in Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Hanlan eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season shooting 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded his eighth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Eagles to their first-ever win in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Freshman Joe Rahon posted 10 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore Eddie Odio registered eight points and seven boards. 

Neither team held a lead larger than one possession in the second half until Clemson gained a 43-38 advantage with just under 12 minutes to play. Hanlan answered with five straight points to knot the score at 43-43 before the Tigers hit a 3-pointer to regain a 46-43 lead with 9:50 to play.

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