Men's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 2

Jan. 2, 2011

Clemson Tops The Citadel, 69-54

CLEMSON, SC (AP) - Demontez Stitt scored 16 points and Clemson defeated The Citadel 69-54 on Sunday.

Jerai Grant and Devin Booker added 13 points apiece for the Tigers (11-4). Grant also had seven blocks.

Clemson won its sixth straight, despite shooting just 12 of 24 from the free-throw line, including 7 of 8 down the stretch.

Zach Urbanus scored 17 points and Mike Groselle added 14 points and 10 rebounds for The Citadel (5-9), which made 6 of 7 3-pointers before missing five straight in the final 3 minutes.

The Tigers led by as many as 17 points in the opening half and held a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Smith Leads No. 1 Duke to 74-63 Win Over Miami

DURHAM, N.C. – Nolan Smith scored a season-high 28 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Miami 74-63 on Sunday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 16 points for the Blue Devils (13-0, 1-0), who have won 23 straight games dating to last season's run to the ACC and NCAA tournament championships. Kyle Singler added 14 points on a night when the Blue Devils didn't shoot all that well but still maintained a comfortable lead for much of the game.

Smith had a run of 13 straight points in the first half that gave Duke its double-digit lead, though the Hurricanes (11-4, 0-1) played the reigning national champions basically even the rest of the way.

Reggie Johnson tied his career high with 22 points despite battling foul trouble much of the game for Miami, which shot 37 percent and missed 14 of 17 3-point attempts.

North Carolina Routs St. Francis, Pa. 103-54

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - John Henson scored 13 points, one of eight North Carolina players in double figures in a 103-54 rout of St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday.

Leslie McDonald and Reggie Bullock added 12 points apiece for the Tar Heels (10-4). They won their third straight and wrapped up the nonconference schedule by hitting the 100-point mark for the second time this season.

Tyler Zeller and Dexter Strickland scored 11 points each while Henson also had six of North Carolina's season-high-tying 10 blocked shots. The Tar Heels shot 59 percent (39 of 66).

Cavaliers Open 2011 with 64-50 Win Over LSU

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - KT Harrell scored 15 points and sparked a big second-half run Sunday night and Virginia beat LSU 64-50 to end its two-game losing streak.

Harrell and Mustapha Farrakhan each had six points in the 18-3 run for Virginia (9-5). It spanned 6 1/2 minutes and came after the Tigers had taken their first lead at 29-28. When Will Regan finished the burst with a tip-in, Virginia led 46-32 with 10:37 to play.

The Tigers (8-7) scored 10 of the next 12 to get within 48-42, but Harrell's two free throws and a layup by Akil Mitchell made it 52-42. Two 3-pointers by Will Sherrill gave the Cavaliers a 58-47 lead, and LSU never recovered in its fourth loss in five games.

Record-setting victory for Virginia Tech on Sunday

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Five Hokies scored in double figures led by Erick Green’s game-high 17 points to help Virginia Tech dismantle visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 99-34, Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum in its final game before continuing ACC play this upcoming weekend.

The Hokies shot a school-record 69.2 percent from the floor as all 10 players that saw the court for Tech scored. They also registered their second-greatest margin of victory (81, vs. Washington & Lee, 1/9/59) and greatest margin at Cassell, while they also held the Mountaineers to just 17 percent shooting, the lowest ever for a Tech opponent.

Jackets Drop Double-OT Heartbreaker to Charlotte, 86-83

ATLANTA (AP) - Derrio Green scored 21 points, including a key 3-point basket during a 9-0 run in the second overtime to lead the Charlotte 49ers to an 86-83 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.

Green also had a pair of free throws in overtime and four straight foul shots late in regulation to tie it at 66 for Charlotte (8-6), which won its fourth straight come-from-behind victory late in a game.

Demon Deacons Fall To Gonzaga 73-63

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Three Demon Deacons scored in double-figures but it wasn't enough as a hot-shooting Gonzaga team held on for a 73-63 victory Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.

The win was the sixth-straight for the Bulldogs who improve to 10-5 on the season while the loss drops the Demon Deacons to 6-8 on year.