Men's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 3

Jan. 3, 2010

Duke Beats Clemson, 74-53, in ACC Opener

Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith each scored 22 points to help seventh-ranked Duke beat No. 21 Clemson 74-53 Sunday night, extending the Tigers' misery in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Kyle Singler added 16 points for the Blue Devils (12-1), who opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a dominating defensive performance that shut down Trevor Booker and the Tigers from the start. Duke held Clemson (12-3, 0-1 ACC) to just 12 points in the opening half and led by 18 at the break, avenging last year's lopsided loss while handing the Tigers their 13th straight defeat at college basketball's notoriously hostile arena.

Demontez Stitt scored 17 points to lead Clemson, which managed an 11-point run to start the second half and briefly get back in the game. But the Blue Devils remained in control thanks to their perimeter pressure, which made the Tigers work for everything and struggle to get the ball inside to Booker - a preseason all-ACC pick.

Wake Forest Downs Xavier, 96-92, in Double Overtime

Senior Ishmael Smith scored a career-high 28 points, including nine in the two overtime periods, to lead Wake Forest to a 96-92 win against Xavier in the inaugural Skip Prosser Classic on Sunday at the Joel Coliseum.

Wake Forest needed extra time to decide the result for the second straight game. It marked the first back to back overtime contests for the Deacs since January 27 and 31, 2001. It was also the first double overtime game for Wake Forest since March 8, 2007, a 114-112 win against Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament.

Wake Forest placed four players in double figures, led by Smith's career high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-3 shooting from the three-point line. Smith also added a game-high nine assists, four rebounds and three blocks. Al-Farouq Aminu notched his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 26 points and bringing down 18 rebounds. Harris tallied 15 points and L.D. Williams added 10.

Miami Takes Down Pepperdine, 86-63

James Dews scored 21 points and sank five 3-pointers to lead Miami to its sixth straight win, an 86-63 victory over Pepperdine on Sunday.

The Hurricanes (14-1) never trailed and used a double-digit scoring run in both halves to pull away in their first visit to Pepperdine (4-12) since December 1969.

Adrian Thomas, who scored 15 points on a career-high five 3-pointers off the bench, began and ended a 10-0 run with 3-pointers to help Miami to a 21-10 lead with 12 minutes to go in the first half. The Hurricanes led 45-36 at halftime.

Maryland Routs UNC Greensboro, 97-63

Greivis Vasquez had 24 points and Landon Milbourne added 22 to help Maryland run away from UNC Greensboro 97-63 on Sunday.

Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory each finished with 11 points for the Terrapins (9-4), who made nine of their first 10 shots and were never threatened.

Maryland shot 54.5 percent for the game (36-for-66) and put it away with a 21-7 spurt to open the second half. That run put the Terps up 73-41, and the Spartans (2-11) couldn't recover.

Florida Tops Pack In Overtime on Miracle Shot

Florida's Chandler Parsons grabbed a missed free throw by NC State senior Farnold Degand with 2.6 seconds remaining, took two dribbles, and drained a desperation 75-foot heave to give the visiting Gators a 62-61 overtime victory Sunday afternoon at the RBC Center.

The Wolfpack (10-4) was in control throughout the overtime period, after junior Javi Gonzalez scored the first five points of the extra period. The Pack led 57-52 after Tracy Smith hit a free throw with less than a minute to play.