Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, January 13

Jan. 13, 2010

Smith Shines as Duke Beats Boston College, 79-59

DURHAM, N.C. - This time, eighth-ranked Duke figured out a way to win without its trusty long-range shot.

Nolan Smith scored 24 points to help the Blue Devils pull away in the second half and beat Boston College 79-59 on Wednesday night, helping Duke regroup from a weekend loss at Georgia Tech.

Kyle Singler added 15 points for the Blue Devils (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who pushed ahead for good late in the first half and pulled away in the opening minutes after the break. More impressively, they carried their 3-point shooting struggles from Atlanta back to Cameron Indoor Stadium and knocked down just one 3, yet still won convincingly with defense and a group of big men who are giving Duke some steadier production in the paint.

Tigers Stomp Tar Heels, 83-64

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Trevor Booker scored 21 points, Demontez Stitt added 20 and No. 24 Clemson broke a 10-game losing streak to No. 12 North Carolina with a 83-64 victory Wednesday night.

The Tigers (14-3, 2-1 ACC) hadn't beaten the Tar Heels (12-5, 1-1) in nearly six years, but used a first-half blitz to lead by 23 points and held on against one of their toughest Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Stitt hit Clemson's first two baskets during and Booker had a three-point play to close a 17-6 opening run less than five minutes in.

Cavaliers Improve to 2-0 in ACC With 82-75 Win Over #20 Georgia Tech

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - In outlining what he hoped his team would play like when he came to Virginia, coach Tony Bennett talked of playing hard, scrappy defense, rebounding the ball and taking good shots that were the product of a mostly patient offense.

Now, the first-year coach can just show a tape of the Cavaliers' 82-75 victory against No. 20 Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, a game when it all seemed to come together.

Sylven Landesberg scored 22 points and Virginia used a 16-4 run late in the second half to take command. They also held Georgia Tech to 6-for-17 shooting in the final 9 1/2 minutes after the Yellow Jackets hurt them by making 27 of their first 47 attempts from the field.

Huge first half lifts Hokies past No. 23 Miami

BLACKSBURG - Malcolm Delaney had 28 points and nine assists, and Terrell Bell tied a career high with 13 points - all in the first half - as Virginia Tech jumped out to a huge lead and rolled to an 81-66 victory over No. 23 Miami in an ACC game on Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

With the win, the Hokies moved to 13-2 overall on the season, 1-1 in the ACC. Tech also knocked off Miami for the fourth straight time.

Virginia Tech sprinted out to an 11-2 lead and then put the game away with a 35-8 run that spanned nearly 13 minutes of the first half. Bell hit a 3-pointer with 2:43 to go and added a basket with 2:16 remaining to give the Hokies their biggest lead, 48-13. The Hokies shot 62 percent (18 of 29) in the first half, making of their first 9 3-point attempts, and led 50-23 at the break.