Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 15

Jan. 15, 2011

Noles Top Wolfpack, 84-71

Bernard James hit all eight of his field goal attempts to score a career-high 16 points Saturday as Florida State captured an 84-71 win over North Carolina State.

The Seminoles (13-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 28-19 at the half and never looked back as they followed up Wednesday's 66-61 win over top-ranked Duke with no sign of a letdown.

Florida State shot 54.5 percent (30 of 55) from the floor and all five starters scored in double figures. Michael Snaer added 13 points and Terrance Shannon 12 along with a career-best nine rebounds for the Seminoles, who led by as many as 22 in the second half.

Tracy Smith scored 19 points and Ryan Harrow 17 for North Carolina State (11-6, 1-2), which shot just 38.7 percent (24 of 62).

The Seminoles never trailed and led comfortably throughout the second half on their way to a third straight ACC home victory.

Dawkins Helps Fuel Second Half Comeback

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski seemingly has the blueprint on how to rebound after a road loss.

It might have taken a half to get rolling but the Blue Devils 76-60 win over Virginia from Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday afternoon gave Krzyzewski his 12th straight win at home following his team's first loss road loss of the season.

Krzyzewski has trained his teams over the years to not let a road loss affect the squad's confidence once returning home, winning them by an average of 27.5 points.

Saturday's win though required a comeback. The Blue Devils trailed by as many as 10 in the first half and nine with 16:01 remaining in the second.

For Duke, the comeback started with defense.

Dawkins finished with 14 points as the sophomore guard heated up in the second half, shooting 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from three to help fuel the comeback.

It was Dawkins and senior Nolan Smith's defense that created the most electric play of the game, as the pair forced a turnover from Joe Harris, resulting in a steal for Smith, an assist for Dawkins and a one-handed dunk for Smith to put the Blue Devils up three and the sellout crowd to its feet.

Hurricanes Edge BC, 72-71, for First ACC Win

Durand Scott scored 19 points to lead Miami to its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season, beating Boston College 72-71 on Saturday night.

Miami (12-5, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak after dropping ACC road games at Duke and Clemson. Miami improved to 8-0 at home this season in the win against Boston College (13-5, 3-1).

Trailing 68-67 with 20.9 seconds left, Boston College had a chance to take the lead. But Miami backup center Julian Gamble blocked Reggie Jackson's drive. Miami's Garrius Adams then made two free throws for a 70-67 lead.

To avoid a potential tying 3-pointer, Miami put Jackson on the line with 4.1 seconds left. He made one of two, and Miami's Reggie Johnson grabbed the rebound and made two free throws to make it 72-68.

Jackson made a largely inconsequential 3-pointer at the buzzer to close the scoring.

Adrian Thomas had 13 points for Miami, and Adams added 12.

For BC, Jackson led the way with 19, and Joe Trapani had 14. Corey Raji and Josh Southern each added 13.

Virginia Tech rolls past Wake Forest 94-65

The Virginia Tech Hokies used two big first-half runs and shot a season-high 58.6 percent from the floor to roll past Wake Forest 94-65 in an ACC game played Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum, handing the Demon Deacons their worst loss of the season.

Wake Forest led 9-6 in the early going, but the Hokies used a 14-2 run – with six players scoring baskets – to take a lead they never would relinquish. Jarell Eddie’s 3-pointer with 10:04 remaining in the first half ended the run and gave Tech a 20-11 lead.

Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris scored with 8:09 left in the first to make the score 24-16, but the Hokies embarked on another big run, scoring the next 11 straight points. Manny Atkins’ 3-pointer with 4:57 remaining in the half expanded Tech’s lead to 35-16 and the Hokies never looked back.

Tech made seven 3-pointers in the first half and shot 53.1 percent from the floor. For the game, the Hokies hit eight 3-pointers.

Six players scored in double figures for the Hokies, but the story was the production they got from their bench, which chipped in 39 points. Atkins, a sophomore from Stone Mountain, Ga., led Tech with a career-high 16 points, while Eddie, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., scored a career-high 12 points.

Terps Fall at No. 7 Villanova, 74-66

Corey Fisher scored eight of his 17 points during a stunning 19-0 run that helped No. 7 Villanova avoid an upset and win its 11th straight game, 74-66 over Maryland on Saturday.

The Wildcats (16-1) trailed by 12 midway through the second half and could not make a shot against one of the top defensive teams in the nation.

Led by Jordan Williams, the Terps (11-6) were 9 minutes from the signature win against a Top 25 team they've been craving.