Men's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 27

Jan. 27, 2011

No. 3 Duke Tops Boston College, 84-68

Seth Curry scored a season-high 20 points in his return to Duke’s starting lineup, leading the third-ranked Blue Devils past Boston College 84-68 on Thursday night.

Nolan Smith finished with 28 points while Kyle Singler had 14 for the Blue Devils (19-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 50 percent from the field, hit 10 3-pointers and used a huge Curry-led run early in the second half to claim their fourth straight win.

The expected duel between the ACC’s top two scorers never materialized. Reggie Jackson, who entered second to Smith in the league scoring race, finished with a season-low seven points—13 fewer than his average.

Corey Raji scored 18 points and Joe Trapani added 14 for BC (14-7, 4-3), which has lost two straight and four of seven overall, and fell to 0-6 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, each loss by double figures.

Ryan Kelly added 14 points for Duke, but his streak of consecutive shots made ended at 18 when he missed a follow-up early in the second half—his first miss in nearly two weeks, since the first half against Virginia.

Smith, who entered averaging 22.5 points and is bidding to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league in both scoring and assists, had eight assists while hitting the 20-point mark for the ACC-best 10th time this season. He helped the Blue Devils win their 31st straight at Cameron, a string that includes 14 ACC games.

With Smith guarding him for much of the game, Jackson couldn’t come close to matching him.

Biko Paris scored 11 points and Elmore matched a career high with 10 points for the Eagles.

Terps Trump Virginia, 66-42

Adrian Bowie scored a season-high 22 points and keyed two critical early runs Thursday night, leading Maryland to a 66-42 victory at Virginia.

The Terrapins (13-7, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won despite a rare off night for Jordan Williams. He was harassed by 7-foot Assane Sene and double teamed with the ball all night, and had just four points and six rebounds, ending his string of 13 double-doubles.

Virginia (11-9, 2-4), which has won often this season because of solid 3-point shooting, instead got burned by it. Maryland was 7 for 15 from behind the arc, Virginia 4 for 17.

Mustapha Farrakhan and Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with eight points each.

Sene grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, but also turned the ball over six times.