Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 7

Wake Forest Takes 58-55 Win Over Virginia Tech in 2012 ACC Opener

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior guard C.J. Harris hit two three-pointers in the last 1:05 and the Wake Forest men's basketball team dug deep late to hold off Virginia Tech, 58-55, after leading for most of the game in its 2012 ACC opener on Saturday, January 7 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Harris' clutch play helped Wake to its first ACC victory since January 29, 2011 versus Virginia and also snapped a five-game losing streak against the Hokies dating back to December 23, 2007.

Sophomore forward Travis McKie pitched in with a double-double of 12 points and tied his career-high with 15 rebounds, while Redshirt senior Nikita Mescheriakov added nine points and pulled down a career-high 10 boards. Freshman Chase Fischer also added eight points of 2-of-5 shooting from the three-point line.

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  • No. 5 Duke Holds Off Georgia Tech for 81-74 Win

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    ATLANTA, Ga. - Ryan Kelly scored 21 points, Seth Curry added 15 and No. 5 Duke beat Georgia Tech 81-74 on Saturday.

    Duke (13-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided consecutive defeats for the first time since Feb. 11 and Feb. 15, 2009.

    Glen Rice Jr. scored a season-high 28 points and Mfon Udofia finished with 19 points for Georgia Tech (7-8, 0-1 ACC). The Yellow Jackets, who never led, have lost four straight.

    Kelly was 14 of 14 from the free-throw line, including eight in the final 40 seconds to help seal the victory.

    No. 3 Tar Heels Roll Past Boston College in ACC Opener, 83-60

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and No. 3 North Carolina opened Atlantic Coast Conference play by pulling away to beat Boston College 83-60 on Saturday for its eighth straight win.

    Tyler Zeller added 20 points for the Tar Heels (14-2, 1-0). The preseason league favorites shot 47 percent, took control with a big first-half run and used an even bigger spurt late to claim its 27th straight win at the Smith Center.

    Matt Humphrey scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson added 13 for BC (5-10, 0-1), which started five freshmen and had 20 turnovers in losing its third straight.

    The Eagles briefly made things interesting in the second half, cutting a 21-point deficit to nine on Patrick Heckmann's 3-pointer with 9:18 left. Barnes answered two possessions later with a slashing drive that started the 22-8 run that pushed the lead back into the 20s.

    Tigers Win Conference Opener, 79-59, vs. Florida State

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    CLEMSON -- Brad Brownell came into Saturday's Florida State game quietly optimistic. He left it very pleased.

    Clemson used 18 points from Andre Young and 15 points from Milton Jennings to beat Florida State 79-59 to open the Atlantic Coast Conference part of its schedule. Thanks to outstanding hustle, which led to a 20-0 first half run, the Tigers were never in any real serious danger to lose the game.

    Ian Miller led the Seminoles with 16 points, while Bernard James had 10 points. Clemson improves to 9-6 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, while the Seminoles fall to 9-6 and 0-1 in the ACC.

    The Tigers did, especially on defense where at one point in the first half they made 11 straight stops.

    Cavaliers Top Miami 52-51 in ACC Opener

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Mike Scott scored 23 points and No. 21 Virginia held off a rally to beat Miami 52-51 Saturday night for the Cavaliers' 12th consecutive win.

    The victory wasn't secured until the final second when Miami's Durand Scott missed on a driving layup and grabbed the rebound, but Sammy Zeglinski grabbed the ball before he could go back up with it, tying him up without fouling as the shot clock expired.

    Zeglinski added six points, making a 3-pointer with 3:42 to play just after Miami had taken its first lead since early in the game. The Cavaliers (14-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) continued their best start since the 1981-82 team opened 27-1.