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Jan. 29, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The little things that Virginia coach Tony Bennett preaches about doing are starting to add up to regular victories, and the fact that his freshman-heavy team is starting to find its comfort zone is helping a great deal, too.
Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and Virginia's nationally ranked defense slowed No. 19 North Carolina State's ACC-best offense just enough in a 58-55 victory Tuesday night, the Cavaliers' fourth straight victory.
One game after freshman Justin Anderson led the way for Virginia, fellow freshman Mike Tobey had a huge hand in the victory with 13 points and, more importantly against the long, athletic Wolfpack, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
Akil Mitchell added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), including an 18-foot jumper that put them ahead to stay with 3:53 remaining, before the nation's No. 2 scoring defense (51.1) closed it out.
CLEMSON, S.C. - K.J. McDaniels nailed a pair of free throws with 17.2 seconds left and Clemson forced a missed three-pointer on the other end to preserve a 63-60 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 7,059 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers moved to 12-8 overall and 4-4 in the ACC, while Tech dropped to 11-8 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
McDaniels posted a team-high 15 points on a night where Clemson overcame its largest deficit of the season, 10 points. The Tigers last overcame a deficit of 10 or more points and won on Mar. 1, 2012 against Virginia Tech on Senior Day.
Clemson shot 45.6 percent Tuesday, making 26 of 57 shots. The Tigers struggled to just 5-of-16 from three, while leading scorer Devin Booker was held to 3-of-10 shooting as well. Nonetheless, the Tigers prevailed as they got nine points from Milton Jennings, eight from both Booker and Damarcus Harrison, and a season-high seven off the bench from Bernard Sullivan.
BOSTON (AP) -- P.J. Hairston ignited a first-half run and scored 14 points before he was taken off the court on a stretcher after a scary fall late in the opening half of North Carolina's 82-70 win over Boston College on Tuesday night.
Hairston banged the back of his head on the floor after colliding with teammate Dexter Strickland. A North Carolina spokesman said he suffered a concussion, but was not going to be taken to the hospital.
James Michael McAdoo led North Carolina (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 17 points and 10 boards. Strickland added 14 points.
Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points, Ryan Anderson 16 and Patrick Heckmann 12 for the Eagles (9-11, 1-6).
Boston College lost its fifth straight game.
North Carolina, which entered its sixth straight week out of The AP Top 25 after spending 33 consecutive weeks ranked, opened a double-digit lead midway into the first half and coasted to the win despite losing Hairston.