Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 22

Jan. 22, 2011

Virginia Downs Georgia Tech 72-64

Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan scored a game-high 23 points and freshman guard KT Harrell scored 17 points to lead Virginia to a 72-64 victory over Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday (Jan. 22).

The 23 points are Farrakhan’s career high in an ACC game and he tied his overall career high with five assists.

The victory broke a three-game losing streak for the Cavaliers and improved their overall record to 11-8. UVa is 2-3 in the ACC. The loss snapped Georgia Tech’s two-game winning streak and dropped the Yellow Jackets’ overall record to 9-9. Georgia Tech is 2-3 in the ACC.

Virginia has won four of its last five games against Georgia Tech.

Freshman guard Joe Harris scored 11 points, had a team-high eight rebounds and two assists for Virginia.

Junior guard Iman Shumpert scored 19 points, had a game-high nine rebounds and four assists to lead Georgia Tech. Sophomore forward Brian Oliver added 13 points and freshman center Daniel Miller scored 12 points and had six rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Williams' Record-Setting Double-Double Lifts Maryland Past Clemson, 79-77

The enjoyment Jordan Williams derived from his record-setting performance was enhanced immeasurably by the fact that it helped Maryland escape with a much-needed victory.

Williams set a school record with his 13th consecutive double-double, getting 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Terrapins over Clemson 79-77 on Saturday.

Williams surpassed the mark held by Len Elmore, who had 12 straight double-doubles for Maryland in 1974.

Cliff Tucker scored 15 for Maryland, and Adrian Bowie and Terrell Stoglin each had 13. Playing their second game in three days, the Terrapins (12-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed after an early 21-3 run made it 26-13.

Demontez Stitt led Clemson (13-6, 2-3) with 20 points, Jerai Grant had 15 and Andre Young added 14. The Tigers have lost two in a row following an eight-game winning streak.

After a 3-pointer by Stitt got Clemson to 76-75 with 14.7 seconds to go, Sean Mosley made two foul shots for the Terrapins. The Tigers then inexplicably went inside and got a dunk from Devin Booker off a pass from Young with 2.1 seconds remaining, and Tucker sank one of two at the line for the final margin.

A final shot by Stitt from around midcourt banged off the backboard.

Duke Tames Wake Forest 83-59

Kyle Singler scored 24 points and keyed the run that helped No. 4 Duke pull away from pesky Wake Forest in an 83-59 victory Saturday. Ryan Kelly added a career-high 20 points on perfect shooting and Nolan Smith shook off a slow start and finished with 19 on 6-of-22 shooting for the Blue Devils (18-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The league's highest-ranked team took care of its worst down the stretch, using two big runs to outscore Wake Forest 42-27 in the second half. Duke won its fourth straight and claimed its second victory of the week on an instate rival's home floor.

Travis McKie scored 12 points for the Demon Deacons (7-13, 0-5). They had separate droughts of 9 1/2 minutes without a field goal and 7 minutes without any points, and lost their fifth straight and 10th in 12 games.

C.J. Harris pulled Wake Forest to 44-40 with a 3-pointer with 17 1/2 minutes left. Singler took over after that, reeling off nine consecutive points for Duke to start the 17-4 run that pushed the lead into double figures to stay.

Mason Plumlee finished with 10 rebounds, his fourth straight game in double figures in that statistic. Kelly was 6 of 6 from the field, 4 for 4 from the free throw line and hit four 3s for Duke, which beat North Carolina State by 14 three nights earlier in Raleigh.

Harris and Gary Clark added 11 points apiece for the Demon Deacons.

Florida State Turns Back Boston College, 67-51

Derwin Kitchen's 16 points led a balanced Florida State scoring attack as the Seminoles blew open a close game in the second half and defeated Boston College 67-51 Saturday night.

Four players finished in double figures for the Seminoles (15-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who share the league lead with fourth-ranked Duke (18-1, 5-1).

Joe Trapani's 19 points led Boston College (14-6, 4-2), which was held to its lowest scoring total of the season.

BC's Reggie Jackson, the ACC's second leading scorer, was scoreless until the final second of the half when sank three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. The free throws pulled the Eagles to within 29-27 at the break. He finished with 13 points.

Michael Snaer scored 13 points, Bernard James 12 and freshman Okaro White 11 for Florida State.

 Virginia Tech Downs Longwood, 70-52

Malcolm Delaney scored 23 points to lift the Virginia Tech Hokies past Longwood 70-52 in a non-conference game at Cassell Coliseum on Saturday night.

The win marked the Hokies’ ninth in their past 10 games and moved them to 13-5 overall on the season. Longwood fell to 7-15.

The Hokies (13-5) trailed for most of the first 10 minutes, but they closed the first half with a 19-4 run, erasing a five-point deficit to take a 29-19 lead at halftime. The Lancers missed 10 of their final 11 attempts from the floor in the first half.

Delaney led Virginia Tech, connecting on just 6 of 14 from the floor, but hitting 10 of 12 from the free-throw line. He needs just 42 points to eclipse the 2,000-point mark for his career.

Erick Green added 14 points and five assists for Virginia Tech, who shot 44.6 percent from the floor (25 of 56). Jeff Allen scored just six points, but grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Hokies out-rebounded Longwood 36-29.