Men's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, January 31

Jan. 31, 2012

Zeller's 18 and 18 Help No. 5 Tar Heels Beat Wake Forest 68-53

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Zeller had 18 points and a career-best 18 rebounds to help No. 5 North Carolina beat Wake Forest 68-53 on Tuesday night.

John Henson added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shook off a miserable shooting performance to win their fourth straight game. North Carolina shot 31 percent, including a 1-for-13 stretch to start the second half before running off a 12-0 spurt to finally pull away.

Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels and played most of the second half despite rolling his left ankle midway through the first half.

C.J. Harris scored 19 points to lead the Demon Deacons (11-11, 2-6), who struggled just as badly as the Tar Heels with their shooting. Wake Forest shot just 30 percent, including 2 for 18 from 3-point range.

Cavaliers Top Clemson 65-61 For Third Consecutive Win

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior forward Mike Scott had game-high totals of 23 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard Joe Harris scored 19 points to lead the Virginia men's basketball team to a 65-61 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Clemson Tuesday night (Jan. 31) at John Paul Jones Arena.

The game was the 100th men's basketball game played at JPJA where the Cavaliers have a record of 71-29.

The victory improves UVa's overall record to 18-3 and the Cavaliers are now 5-2 in the ACC. It was the third ACC win in the last six days for the Cavaliers.

Virginia's 18-3 start is its best since going 27-3 to open the 1982-83 season.

In this week's national rankings, Virginia is ranked 16th in The Associated Press poll and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.