Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 9

Jan. 9, 2010


Cavaliers Down NC State 70-62 in ACC Opener

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Sylven Landesberg scored 23 points to help Virginia rally past North Carolina State 70-62 on Saturday in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Mike Scott added 14 for the Cavaliers (9-4, 1-0), who trailed by 10 points midway through the second half before taking over down the stretch to win their league opener for just the third time in 15 years. It was also the first ACC win for first-year coach Tony Bennett, who left Washington State to rebuild the struggling Virginia program.

Tracy Smith scored 18 points for the Wolfpack (11-5, 0-2), who managed just one field goal during the decisive 5-minute stretch that saw the Cavaliers take control. N.C. State led 42-32 with about 13 1/2 minutes left and 53-49 with 5:30 left before Virginia pushed ahead for good on Scott's tip-in with 3:53 left.

Yellow Jackets Upset No. 5 Duke, 71-67

Gani Lawal scored 21 points, including a crucial shot with just over a minute remaining, and No. 20 Georgia Tech bounced back from a dismal loss with a 71-67 upset of the fifth-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets avoided an 0-2 start in conference play and made up for Tuesday's 73-66 loss to state rival Georgia, a team that doesn't have nearly as much as talent.

Lawal worked the boards hard, putting back two straight misses during one pivotal stretch, and Georgia Tech (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead for good on yet another hustle play. Zachery Peacock grabbed an airball under the basket and flipped in a shot that put Georgia Tech ahead 62-60 with 1:52 remaining.

After Kyle Singler missed again for Duke (13-2, 1-1) on a 3-pointer - the junior forward was 2 for 13 from the field - Lawal knocked down an awkward turnaround jumper from about 10 feet to give the Yellow Jackets some breathing room.

Clemson Cruises To Win Over Boston College, 72-56

Trevor Booker scored 19 points and Clemson bounced back from a loss at Duke to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference game this season, 72-56, over Boston College on Saturday.

Clemson discovered its shooting touch - the Tigers hit nearly 60 percent of their shots in the opening half - to win its fourth straight against the Eagles (10-6, 1-1), who have lost two of their past three.

Joe Trapani led Boston College with 13 points.

Miami Downs Wake Forest for Seventh-Straight Win

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - James Dews sank a follow with 30 seconds left to put the Miami Hurricanes ahead to stay Saturday, then grabbed a defensive rebound as time ran out to seal a seesaw victory over Wake Forest, 67-66.

Dwayne Collins had 11 rebounds and a season-high 23 points for the Hurricanes (15-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), off to their best start in 50 years. Malcolm Grant added 14 points and six assists, while Durand Scott contributed 10 points in the winning effort.

Wake Forest (11-3, 1-1) had won seven games in a row, the past two in overtime. But the Demon Deacons couldn't get Miami into OT, missing two of four free throws in the final 1:26.

After Dews put Miami ahead for good with the ninth lead change of the night, Ishmael Smith missed a jumper under heavy pressure with three seconds left. L.D. Williams tried to tip the ball in, but instead Dews grabbed the rebound.