Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 29

Jan. 29, 2011

Tigers Pull Off Upset Over No. 22 Florida State, 62-44

Florida State found out from Clemson what it's like to play against a stifling defense.

Jerai Grant had 14 points, Demontez Stitt added 12 and the Tigers used their defense to upset No. 22 Florida State 62-44 on Saturday.

Clemson (15-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) forced 22 turnovers and held the Seminoles (15-6, 5-2) to less than 33 percent shooting from the field, numbers Florida State's opponents have typically put up this season.

Clemson rushed to a 22-6 lead and the Seminoles never got closer than eight the rest of the way. It was the first victory against a ranked opponent for first-year Tigers coach Brad Brownell.

The Seminoles had no answers for Clemson, with no player reaching double-figure scoring. Leading scorer Chris Singleton managed just two points the first 35 minutes. He hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, but those came with Florida State well behind.

Singleton finished with eight points, nearly seven fewer than his average. Bernard James also had eight points to lead Florida State.

Barnes Leads Heels over Wolfpack, 84-64

Freshman Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 25 points to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State 84-64 on Saturday.

John Henson added 16 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks for the Tar Heels (15-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who ran out to a double-digit lead in the first 3 minutes and never looked back to continue their domination of their nearby rival. North Carolina has won nine straight meetings and turned this one into an ugly blowout in the final 6 1/2 minutes.

Barnes had struggled with his shot for most of the season since becoming the first freshman voted to The Associated Press preseason All-America team since voting began before the 1986-87 season. But Barnes picked up where he left off after hitting the winning 3-pointer in the final seconds at Miami, following that with a breakout offensive performance.

Barnes made 10 of 16 shots to go with six rebounds in 26 minutes. He knocked down a 3 from just in front of the North Carolina bench for his 20th point to make it 66-45 with 6:52 left, then had a wide grin as he ran back on defense.

Freshman Lorenzo Brown scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Wolfpack, while fellow rookie C.J. Leslie had 14 points.

Wake Forest Rallies Past Virginia, 76-71

C.J. Harris scored six of his 15 points in the final two minutes and Wake Forest rallied to beat Virginia 76-71 on Saturday for its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory.

Six players scored in double figures, including Ty Walker (11 points), who had scored eight points in his entire ACC career coming in. Gary Clark added 10, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:44 left.

Assane Sene had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds and Joe Harris scored 14 points for the Cavaliers (11-10, 2-5), who led 48-38 with 12:57 left. Virginia, which has lost five of six, has dropped nine straight games at Wake Forest.

Harris' driving layup with 1:55 left made it 68-65, and he later hit four straight free throws, the last two giving Wake Forest 74-68 lead 36 seconds left.

It was enough to hold on as the Demon Deacons snapped a five-game losing streak with numerous contributors. Travis McKie had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ari Stewart scored 12 points and J.T. Terrell had 11.

Mustapha Farrakhan had 13 points, Sammy Zeglinski added 11 and Jontel Evans scored 10 for Virginia.