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Jan. 6, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - Nolan Smith is making everything look easy these days, from knocking down his own shots to directing the offense for top-ranked Duke while its star freshman point guard sits with an injury.
The senior scored a career-high 33 points to help the Blue Devils beat Alabama-Birmingham 85-64 on Wednesday night, giving Duke its 24th straight victory dating to last season's run to the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournament championships.
Kyle Singler added 15 points, including his 2,000th career point during a game-opening 26-4 run that took the drama out of this one early. The Blue Devils (14-0) never let the Blazers (10-3) closer than 14 points after that in a performance that pleased coach Mike Krzyzewski considering it came in a nonconference game crammed between Duke's first two ACC contests.
GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Led by C.J. Leslie's 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting, NC State shook off a hot-starting Elon squad to win 87-72 at the Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday night.
Freshman Ryan Harrow followed Leslie with 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line, alongside four assists and three steals.
Tracy Smith's 15 points, Scott Wood's 13, and Richard Howell's 10 gave NC State five players in double figures on the night, the third time pulling the feat this season.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest used a 20-5 run midway through the second half and connected on 22-of-26 attempts from the free throw line to defeat High Point, 79-63, Wednesday evening at the Joel Coliseum. The win for the Demon Deacons snaps a four-game skid and improves their record to 7-8 on the year, while the Panthers fall to 5-8.
Along with shooting 84.6 percent from the free throw line, Wake Forest was also efficient from the field as well by shooting 49.1 percent (26-for-53). Many of the good looks for the Deacons were a result of a team-high 17 assists on the night.
Freshman J.T. Terrell had a very nice all-around game for Wake Forest, scoring a team-high 18 points while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists. Terrell was 6-for-12 from the field and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Joe Trapani scored 21 points and junior Reggie Jackson netted 18 points to lead Boston College in a 78-69 loss to Harvard before 4,129 fans in Conte Forum.
Harvard, which had five players score in double figures, shot 23-of-24 from the foul line. Freshman Laurent Rivard came off the bench to pace the Crimson with a game-high 23 points.
The Crimson then outscored BC 18-5 in the final 10 minutes of the half to claim a 33-29 advantage at the break. BC shot 57.1 percent (12-for-21) in the opening half, while limiting Harvard to 36.5 percent shooting (9-for-24). Harvard, though, sank 13-of-14 free throws to gain the lead.