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Jan. 26, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alone atop the Atlantic Coast Conference and riding a four-game winning streak, Maryland is gathering momentum and leaving believers in its wake.
The Terrapins made a huge impression on Miami coach Frank Haith during an 81-59 rout Tuesday night.
"There's no question they have the ability. The one thing about Maryland that I appreciate as a coach is that they play very well together as a team," Haith said. "They're a very cohesive unit right now. If they can keep that up, they very well could be one of the better teams in our league. There's no doubt about that."
Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne each scored 16 points, and Maryland pounced on Miami at the outset. The Terrapins (14-5, 4-1) scored the game's first six points, increased the margin to 21 just before halftime and cruised to the finish.
Durand Scott scored 13 for the Hurricanes, who trailed by as many as 32 points in the second half.
The victory pushed the surprising Terrapins a half-game ahead of Virginia in the ACC.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Reggie Jackson scored 18 points, including six clutch free throws in the final minute, to lead Boston College to a 75-69 ACC win over Clemson before 6,238 fans in Conte Forum.
Jackson, who shot 10-for-10 from the foul line in the contest, also led the Eagles with seven assists. Juniors Corey Raji (14 points) and Rakim Sanders (11 points - all in the first half) rounded out BC's list of double-figure scorers.
Boston College (12-9, 3-4 ACC) overcame a slow start to quickly assume control. Clemson (15-6, 3-4 ACC) led 8-3 four minutes into the game, before the host Eagles used a 19-2 run to gain a 22-10 lead with 8:52 left in the first half. In that rally, seven different BC players posted at least one point with Jackson and junior Joe Trapani leading the way with four points apiece.
BC carried the momentum further, extending the margin to as many as 19 points - 37-18 - with 2:51 to play in the first half. The Eagles finished the half with a 42-25 advantage.
The visiting Tigers began the second session with a 13-3 run to trim the BC margin to seven points - 45-38 - just four minutes into the half. Sophomore Dallas Elmore and junior Cortney Dunn answered with timely field goals to give BC a double-digit lead at 49-38.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Deon Thompson scored 20 points and North Carolina ended its longest losing streak in six years by beating North Carolina State 77-63 on Tuesday night.
Larry Drew II scored 18 points for the Tar Heels (13-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped their first three-game losing streak under coach Roy Williams. They also finally earned their first road win, something they desperately needed to do if they had any hopes of regrouping in the final month of the regular season.
Tracy Smith scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (13-8, 2-5), who couldn't follow up last week's upset of Duke with another win against a nearby rival.