Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 1

Jan. 1, 2011

Boston College Stays Hot, Tops South Carolina 85-70

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Joe Trapani had a season-high 23 points as Boston College won for the eighth time in nine games with an 85-70 victory at South Carolina on Saturday.

Trapani had three of his team's 13 3-pointers. The 6-foot-8 senior also had his way underneath with the Gamecocks' young lineup, continually outracing them for easy buckets.

Boston College (11-3) came South prepped for a sturdy test against a Southeastern Conference opponent. Instead, the Eagles' experienced lineup was no match for South Carolina (8-3), which started three freshman and a sophomore.

Biko Paris added 18 points and Corey Raji had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Boston College.

Bruce Ellington had 21 points to lead South Carolina, which has lost three of its past four games.

The Eagles were picked 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference, yet already own a conference win at Maryland and figure to carry a lot of momentum into league play when it resumes next week.

Pack's Smith Returns in Style Against San Diego

RALEIGH, N.C. - Tracy Smith was so anxious to return to the NC State lineup in Saturday afternoon's 76-54 victory over San Diego, he had to be restrained by a game official.

Technically, Smith's return was delayed at the 15:12 mark of the first half because San Diego's Darian Norris had to attempt the first of his two free throws before Smith, who was waiting impatiently at the scorer's table, could be signaled into the game.

But you get the idea: He was ready to play.

"I was anxious to get in there," Smith said. "I kind of forgot that you have to wait until he shoots the first free throw. I just wanted to get in."

Smith's Wolfpack teammates were just as eager to get the ball in his hands, as Richard Howell quickly passed the ball to Smith in the lane on the Pack's first possession with Smith in the lineup. The preseason first-team All-ACC pick uncharacteristically pumped his fist in excitement as he was fouled while making a short jumper in the lane.