Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 16

Jan. 16, 2010


Tigers Top NC State, 73-70

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Clemson again had a letdown late. This time, the Tigers had just enough left to overcome it.

Trevor Booker scored 20 points and No. 24 Clemson held on to beat North Carolina State 73-70 on Saturday.

Tanner Smith added 11 points, including two late free throws, to help the Tigers (15-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) claim what center Jerai Grant called "maybe the most important win of the year for us."

Clemson never trailed but blew nearly all of a 21-point lead before making two defensive stops in the final minute to snap a pesky streak of post-victory letdowns that dated to 1997-98.

Julius Mays had a season-high 17 points for the Wolfpack (12-6, 1-3), who trailed 71-70 and had the ball when Grant appeared seemingly out of nowhere to block Richard Howell's open layup with about 35 seconds left.

Yellow Jackets Down Tar Heels, 73-71

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Georgia Tech overcame everything--a blown 20-point lead, the ear-ringing screams of North Carolina's blue-clad crowd and a second-half scoring barrage from Will Graves--to prove it has plenty of fight to go with all that talent.

Zachery Peacock made the go-ahead shot with 25.7 seconds left to rescue the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets, who shook off that blown big lead and held off the 12th-ranked Tar Heels 73-71 on Saturday.

Iman Shumpert finished with a career-high 30 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who figured out a way to pull out a win after falling behind in the wild final minutes. Peacock managed just six points with one second-half field goal, but that shot in the lane rolled around the rim before dropping through to give Georgia Tech its first win in Chapel Hill since 1996.

North Carolina's comeback seemed perfectly tailored for the program's storied history, but the Yellow Jackets regrouped and kept the pressure on the Tar Heels (12-6, 1-2), refusing to let the game slip away.

Vasquez Leads Terps Past Boston College

BOSTON (AP) -- Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points and dished out nine assists on his 23rd birthday to lead Maryland to an easy 73-57 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Adrain Bowie scored 15 points, Cliff Tucker had 14 and Landon Milbourne added 13 for the Terrapins (11-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Corey Raji finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston College (10-8, 1-3). Reggie Jackson added 11 points and Joe Trapani had nine points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, who lost their third straight conference game.

No. 25 Noles Edge Hokies, 63-58

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Solomon Alabi and Deividas Dulkys scored 13 points apiece Saturday night as 25th-ranked Florida State survived a furious last-minute Virginia Tech finish for a 63-58 victory that snapped a two-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak.

Florida State (14-4, 2-2) led by 10 points before Dorenzo Hudson's layup with 37 seconds left cut the Seminoles' lead to 57-49.

Hudson, Terrell Bell and Malcolm Delaney then hit 3-pointers in a 21 second span that brought the Hokies (13-3, 1-2) within one point with four seconds left before Michael Snaer's two free throws put the Seminoles up 61-58.

Florida State's Chris Singleton was held to only two points, but he grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots as the Seminoles limited Virginia Tech to 34.5 percent shooting in claiming their third straight win over the Hokies.

Cavs Remain Unbeaten in ACC with 75-57 Win Over #23 Miami

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Sylven Landesberg scored 18 points and surprising Virginia won its seventh straight game and remained the only unbeaten team in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 75-57 victory against No. 23 Miami on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers (11-4, 3-0 ACC) improved to 3-0 against ranked teams, holding the Hurricanes to 31.5 percent shooting and finally pulling them away in the final minutes.

The Cavaliers did nothing to disappoint an energized, near-sellout crowd, taking a 33-21 halftime lead and never letting Miami get closer than nine in the closing 20 minutes.

Mustapha Farrakhan scored 13 points and Zeglinski and Mike Scott each had 10 for Virginia, while the 6-foot Zeglinski and 5-11 Jontel Evans shared the Cavaliers' rebounding lead with seven. Virginia shot 52 percent and is 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1994-95.

James Dews led Miami with 13 points and Dwayne Collins had 11 points and nine rebounds.