Friday, February 22, 2013

Video Of The Day

John Hurley is funny. You probably know that. This video which is ultimately a fundraiser for his charity golf tournament is very funny.
 Props to Dirt Callahan for sending it T.A.H.’s way.

ACC Thursday Night Hoops - Duke Bounces Back

SULAIMON (Lance King/Getty Images)

#6 DUKE 88, VIRGINIA TECH 56 - Anybody miss Seth Greenberg yet?

Seth Curry scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as No. 6 Duke opened a 20-point lead and sent Virginia Tech to its ninth consecutive loss on Thursday night.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 17 points and Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 ACC) as they moved coach Mike Krzyzewski into sole possession of third place on the career list for victories at one school with 877.

He was tied with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky and is now two behind North Carolina's Dean Smith. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim leads with 910 victories.

Three Ex-Coaches Want Charges Tossed

(Miami Hurricanes Gamedayr/Facebook
ESPN: Three former Miami assistant coaches filed a motion on Thursday with the NCAA asking that their infractions cases be dismissed because of the mistakes that governing body for college athletics made in their long investigation of the Hurricanes, according to The Associated Press.

Former football assistant Aubrey Hill and former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez had their motion delivered to the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, according to a person who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because neither side authorized the release of any information.

The motion, according to the person, says the three coaches believe the NCAA's alliance with the attorney for the former booster at the center of the Miami scandal has created a scenario where they cannot "get a fair and reasonable proceeding."

A conference call on the matter is scheduled for Friday with the NCAA.

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Quote Of The Day

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"When J.J. Redick is the biggest name involved in trades, deadline day is officially a non-event. However, Redick is a nice addition for Milwaukee and should make a potential first-round matchup with the Miami Heat a little more interesting."

-- Spencer Ryan Hall, Salt City Hoops.

The former ACC scoring champ and first round draft pick (11th overall) is in his seventh NBA season (all with Orlando ‘til now) where he has averaged 21.9 minutes, 1.9 assists and 9.2 points per game.

Redick reportedly has one year left on a contract that currently pays him $6.19 per year.  

Nice, J.J., NICE!

Pictures Of The Day

A fan adds his wishes to a wall near Staples Center in honor of the late Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, before the game against the Boston Celtics on February 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Mario Martinez #15 of the Seattle Sounders brings the ball up field while being defended by Connor Lade #16 of the New York Red Bulls at Kino Sports Complex on February 20, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. (Norm Hall/Getty Images North America)
Erick Green #11 of the Virginia Tech Hokies goes to the hoop against the Duke Blue Devils at Cassell Coliseum on February 21, 2013 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Duke defeated Virginia Tech 88-56. (Lance King/Getty Images)
Ever been inside Cassell Coliseum for a game? Now you have. Is that roof made of tin? (Lance King/Getty Images)
Orange shirts are seen on seats prior to a game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum. (Lance King/Getty Images)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Miami Coaches Misled NCAA Probe

IS THIS LEGAL????? (Joel Aurebach/Getty Images)
Blah, blah, blah...

Make it stop.


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The NCAA’s investigation is under fire from all directions and President Mark Emmert is catching mucho flak. 

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Quote Of The Day

EMMERT (The buck doesn't stop here) (AP Photo)

“They (the NCAA rules) are arbitrary, archaic regulations designed to protect a notion of amateurism that was designed as a tax dodge and then elevated to exalted status by true believers who conveniently forgot why it was created in the first place. The rules don't work now that the university presidents and conference commissioners who run college sports have decided football and men's basketball should bring in billions in television revenue over the next 15 years.”

-- Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated, in the article linked above. 

Blast From The Past

JORDAN and LOWE (Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer)

Pictures Of The Day

Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals poses for a portrait during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 20, 2013 in Viera, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tuesday Night ACC Basketball - Miami Stays Undereated

(Al Diaz/Miami Herald)
#2 MIAMI 54, VIRGINIA 50  - Virginia has been suffering some defensive lapses of late, but none worse than forgetting to guard 6’10” 292 lbs. center Reggie Johnson.  Left alone, Johnson made a tie-breaking layup with 5.7 seconds left and the No. 2-ranked Miami Hurricanes overcame a ragged offensive performance for the second game in a row to beat Virginia.

The Canes remain unbeaten in the ACC.

Durand Scott added two clinching free throws with four seconds to go for the Hurricanes, who earned their 14th consecutive victory. The win came two nights after they rallied late to beat Clemson 45-43.

The Hurricanes (22-3, 13-0 ACC) improved to 12-0 at home. They hold a 3 1/2-game edge over second-place Duke in the ACC as they chase their first league basketball championship.

Virginia (18-8, 8-5) fell to 0-6 in Miami. The Cavaliers led only once, at 29-28, but Evan Nolte tied the game at 50 by sinking a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

NORTH CAROLINA 70, GEORGIA TECH 58 - James Michael McAdoo scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to end a three-game scoring slump and North Carolina took control with a 12-0 second-half run to beat Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.

McAdoo scored in double figures in 21 of the first 22 games for North Carolina before battling a sore back and scoring in single figures in each of his last three games.

The sophomore forward was sharp against the Yellow Jackets. He had 15 points in the first half and scored the final basket in the 12-0 run that gave North Carolina (18-8, 8-5 ACC) a 59-41 lead with 8:47 remaining. The Tar Heels stretched the lead to 22 points at 66-44. 

Leslie McDonald, who had four 3-pointers, had 15 points.

Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden scored 12 points apiece for Georgia Tech (14-11, 4-9).

WARREN (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. STATE 84, FLORIDA STATE 66 - Freshman T.J. Warren, making his third start in NC State's last six games, had career highs in points and rebounds to lead the Wolfpack to a victory over Florida State on Tuesday night at PNC Arena.

C.J. Leslie added 19 points for the Wolfpack (19-7, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led the entire night to snap a three-game losing streak against the Seminoles. The win also snapped a four-game losing skid against Florida State (14-12, 6-7) on N.C. State's homecourt in Raleigh.

The Wolfpack dominated the boards and got plenty of second-chance baskets to stay in control of this one, earning a third straight win overall heading into this weekend's trip to rival North Carolina.

Michael Snaer scored 20 to lead the Seminoles, who have lost three of four since beating Georgia Tech on his last-second basket two weeks ago.

Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward, earned just his fifth start. He finished 12-for-15 from the field and hit two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

BOSTON COLLEGE 69, MARYLAND 58 - After beating Duke on Saturday, the Terps looked poised to make a run at returning to the NCAA Tournament.  That lasted all of three days as Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored a career-high 26 points to lead Boston College past Maryland, at Conte Forum on Tuesday night.

The Eagles (12-14, 4-9) used two separate 17-5 runs in the second half to pull away from the Terps (18-8, 6-7) after trailing 33-26 at the half. BC went 16-for-16 from the line in the last 5:04 and made 21 of 22 from the stripe overall. It was the best performance from the charity stripe since 2004.

Over a nine-plus minute stretch in the second half, Hanlan scored 14 of BC's 22 points and made all of the Eagles' five field goals. Hanlan shot 9 of 14 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds.
Sophomore Eddie Odio recorded career highs with 11 rebounds and six blocks to go with eight points. Classmate Lonnie Jackson scored 13 points.

Where We Stand

Quote Of The Day

“Many of the charges brought forth are based on the word of a man who made a fortune by lying. The NCAA enforcement staff acknowledged to the university that if Nevin Shapiro, a convicted con man, said something more than once, it considered the allegation 'corroborated' -- an argument which is both ludicrous and counter to legal practice.”

- Miami president Donna Shalala.

Just a day after canning an enforcement VP over irregularities in the Suits From Indianapolis’ (Formerly Kansas) investigation of Miami, the NCAA formally accused the Canes of the dreaded “lack of institutional control” charge.

The institutional-control charge is typically one of the most severe the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations.

To read more, click here. 

Football Links

By Heather Dinich |

The NCAA plans on moving forward with its investigation, but is that fair?

Miami president Donna Shalala certainly doesn't seem to think so.

Virginia Tech's staff changes didn't require a huge change in the budget.

Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof is now one of the highest-paid assistants in the ACC.

Former Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has gotten into some trouble.

Syracuse fans want to know if Ashton Broyld will ever live up to the hype.

One of Clemson's tasks this spring -- become more physical.

Pitt didn't have to look far to find its next defensive coordinator, but expect a few changes.

UNC's Holden Thorp is leaving behind plenty of headaches.

A North Carolina judge has refused to dismiss the ACC’s lawsuit against Maryland.

There is a hangup with Pitt opening against FSU.

How did Syracuse fare in its first offseason recruiting against the ACC?

Is it way too early to say Clemson is a top-five team? Yup.

North Carolina has a chance to make a splash in 2013.

Sorry to see Michael Cole's career come to an end.

Good luck to former FSU quarterback EJ Manuel in the "Gruden QB Camp" on ESPN.

Pictures Of The Day

Horses clear a hurdle during 'The Family Fun Day Meeting 4th April Handicap Hurdle Race' at Taunton Racecourse on February 19, 2013 in Taunton, England. (Harry Engels/Getty Images Europe)
Joseph Trappitt and Tufi Sele of Central compete in the Men's Premier 2- heat during the New Zealand Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha on February 19, 2013 in Twizel, New Zealand. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Notre Dame's Matt Miller checks Duke's Jordan Wolf during a snowy battle between the two lacrosse teams in Durham, N.C. The Fighting Irish scored the first six goals of the game to cruise to a 13-5 season-opening victory.  (Lance King/Getty Images)  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ACC Players Of The Week

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston and NC State’s Scott Wood have been named co-ACC Players of the Week, and Maryland’s Seth Allen has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Hairston set career scoring highs in consecutive games this past week, scoring 23 at Duke Wednesday and 29 in Saturday’s win over Virginia. The Greensboro, N.C., sophomore also tied his career high with eight rebounds against the Blue Devils and added seven more rebounds against Virginia. 

Hairston was 16-of-32 from the floor, including 7-of-19 from 3-point range and 13-of-16 from the free throw line.

In Saturday’s 90-86 win over Virginia Tech in overtime, Wood led the Wolfpack in scoring with 22 points, marking the first time this season that he has led the team in scoring. The Marion, Ind., senior knocked down a season-high six 3-pointers, while establishing a career mark for minutes played with 43 and tying his career-high with three blocked shots.

Allen provided the winning points in Saturday’s 83-81 victory over No. 2 Duke when he broke a tie with a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining. The Woodbridge, Va., freshman scored all 16 of his points in the second half, and had five of Maryland’s last six points down the stretch. Allen made 7-of-8 free throws in the game while adding two steals, a block and an assist.

Miami #2

Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) Admit Missteps In Miami Investigation

Here's how it works. When an assistant coach breaks the rules, the head coach is fired and the team penalized regardless of whether or not the head coach knew about the infractions. Evidently, that's not how it works at the NCAA where VP's get canned while president Mark Emmert glides blissfully along...

ESPN: The NCAA named Jonathan Duncan as interim vice president of enforcement on Monday in the wake of admitted "missteps" and "insufficient oversight" in its investigation of Miami's athletics department.

Duncan will replace Julie Roe Lach, whose firing was reported earlier by Yahoo! Sports.
"Obviously, this is an outcome that nobody wants to see on their watch or anyone else's," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "This is something that's an embarrassment to the association and our staff."

Despite an earlier report that a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that managing director of enforcement Tom Hosty was also fired, Emmert told USA Today that Hosty will remain with the organization.

On Monday, the NCAA released the results of an external probe of how it investigated the Hurricanes, nearly a month after revealing what it called "a very severe issue of improper conduct." That issue was that the attorney for former booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro was used to improperly obtain information.

Despite admitting that missteps were made, the NCAA said the case against Miami will proceed "with information properly obtained by the enforcement staff."

Firing back for the first time at the long investigation, Miami president Donna Shalala released a statement Monday night saying the Hurricanes "have been wronged" by what she called a flawed probe.

Shalala says Miami wants a swift resolution -- with no additional penalties other than the ones the Hurricanes have already self-imposed, such as two missed bowl games, a missed Atlantic Coast Conference football championship game and scholarship reductions.
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R.I.P. Phil Henderson 1969-2013

According to various media outlets, Duke says former star Phil Henderson has died at his home in the Philippines at the age of 44. No cause of death was given.

Henderson was a senior captain and the leading scorer on the 1989-90 Duke team that lost to UNLV in the national championship game. He averaged 18.5 points that year and scored 22.3 points in tournament play during that postseason.

Krzyzewski says the Duke basketball family was "deeply saddened" to hear of Henderson's death and called him "a talented player and a good man with a gentle soul."

Henderson was taken by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1990 NBA draft but played internationally as a pro.

Henderson was the director of the Filipino Basketball Academy and is Henderson is survived by five children: Genesis, 21; Harrison, 15; Adonia, 6; Athalia, 5; and Azriel, 4.

Former N.C. State Player/Coach Arrested On Tax Charges

(Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Former N.C. State basketball coach Sidney Lowe was arrested Monday in Wake County and charged with failure to file and pay state income tax in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Bail was set at $10,000 but Lowe, 53, was released on Monday, according to court documents.
Lowe was the point guard on N.C. State’s national championship team in 1983 and returned to his alma mater in 2006 to be the head coach.

He resigned in March 2011 after compiling an 86-78 record and returned to the pro game as an assistant with the Utah Jazz last season.

A spokesman for the Jazz said the team was aware of Lowe’s arrest.

Lowe’s base salary with N.C. State was about $210,000 and his total  compensation was about $900,000 annually. He was owed another $900,000 from N.C. State when he resigned after the 2010-11 season. 

R.I.P. Jerry Buss 1933-2013


Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday. He was 80.

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Pictures Of The Day

Twenty-three in a row: Jockey Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar wins race 7 the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes during Lightning Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse on February 16, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. it was Black Caviar's 23rd consecutive win. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images for the VRC)
Former Tar Heels (l-r) John Henson, Kendall Marshall, and Tyler Hansbrough applaud as Tyler Zeller has his #44 jersey honored during halftime on Saturday February 16, 2013 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Miami Stays Undefeated In The ACC

THE GAME WINNER (Ranier Ehrhardt/Miami Herald)
#3 MIAMI 45, CLEMSON 43 - Kenny Kadji scored 12 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to keep No. 3 Miami perfect in ACC play after a narrow victory over Clemson on Sunday night.

The Hurricanes (21-3, 12-0) finished with their fewest points of the season, and their high-scoring guard duo of Durand Scott and Shane Larkin were a combined 3-of-16 shooting for 10 points. Still, Miami pulled it out on Kadji's wide-open 3.

Clemson (13-12, 5-8) had three chances to answer back, but Rod Hall was called for an offensive foul on one trip and, after Trey McKinney Jones made a foul shot, Hall missed a layup and K.J. McDaniels failed on a tip.

The Hurricanes hugged each other when the horn sounded, grateful to escape on the road and continue the league's longest undefeated start since Duke went 16-0 in 1998-99. They'll likely supplant the Blue Devils, who lost Saturday 83-81 at Maryland, as the country's No. 2 team when the new rankings come out Monday.

ACC Hockey?

Look for BC and ND to do all the heavy lifting...
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

Here, members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish battle with members of the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks during the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field on February 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Things That Make You Go...

(Martin Doyle/Getty Images Europe)
A model poses at the 'World's Toughest Vehicle Gets Couture Fashion Makeover By Paramount Group' at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on February 17, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The world's toughest vehicle, Paramount Group's 16 tonne Marauder, has received a couture fashion makeover in response to growing public interest for a consumer friendly version. 

The vehicle was covered in Swarovski crystals and gold, chrome and bronze camouflage, and accompanied by model in matching ballgown. The makeover was undertaken by Gavin Rajah, couture designer to the stars including Beyonce and Cameron Diaz. 

Pictures Of The Day

Go Danni! Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Patrick is the first woman to win the pole. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)
A detailed shot of the shoes worn by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for breast cancer awareness during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on February 16, 2013 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Robert Carter #4 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets shoots the game winning free throw to defeat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 57-56 during their game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on February 16, 2013 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake broke out the pink unis. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Miyo Ichikawa of Japan watches her stone during the Pacific Asia 2012 Curling Championship at the Naseby Indoor Curling Arena on November 23, 2012 in Naseby, New Zealand. (Rob Jefferies/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Katharina Heinz of Germany launches herself down the track during the Women's Skeleton Viessman FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup at the Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnya Polyana on February 16, 2013 in Sochi, Russia. Sochi is preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics with test events across the venues. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe)
Chris Paul (Wake Forest) of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Western Conference celebrates after winning MVP in the 2013 NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center on February 17, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
Antron Brown walked away from a scary and fiery crash as his Top Fuel dragster crossed the finish line in Sunday's first NHRA race of the season at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA. As Brown crossed the finish line his car's engine exploded with so much force that it sent his dragster onto its side and into the far wall. After hitting the wall, it then skidded down the track, into another wall and into the sand pit at the end of the strip before coming to a stop. Brown was treated and released from the care center. Brown's car was equipped with a safety canopy to enclose the cockpit -- a measure that was approved in August of last year. 

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

Pictures Of The Day

Happy belated 50th Mr. Jordan. Neither of these two requires an introduction. (1984 Raleigh News & Observer)

Duke guard Tyler Thornton gets a little of his own medicine. The Crazies at Comcast are a little older than their rivals at Cameron.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland students celebrate outside of the University of Maryland. To everyone's GREAT SHOCK, there was a fire. (Sarcasm) (Craig Hudson/Washington Post)

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