Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, February 2

Feb. 2, 2011

Singler & Smith Lead No. 5 Duke Past Maryland, 80-62

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Kyle Singler scored 22 points, Nolan Smith had 21 and No. 5 Duke defeated Maryland 80-62 on Wednesday night to avoid its first losing streak in nearly two years.

Playing in front of a boisterous sellout crowd against one of their biggest rivals, the Blue Devils relied on their two best players to dispatch the Terrapins. Singler and Smith combined to score Duke’s first 16 points of the second half to make it 56-43 with 12 minutes left, which proved to be too much a deficit for the cold-shooting Terrapins to overcome.

The victory gave Duke (20-2, 7-1 ACC) a season sweep of Maryland (14-8, 4-4). Duke has won eight of the last nine games between the teams and four of the last six at Comcast Center.

Jordan Williams had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins, who remain in search of a signature victory in their quest to return to the NCAA tournament. Maryland shot 40 percent and went 2 for 9 from 3-point range.

Maryland provided its fans some hope with an 8-0 run that cut the deficit to 56-51, but Duke answered with a 10-3 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Andre Dawkins.

That gave the Blue Devils enough of a cushion to provide coach Mike Krzyzewski with his 50th career win against the Terrapins (50-21).

Cavaliers Score 49-47 Win Over Clemson

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Mustapha Farrakhan hit a go-ahead jumper with 35.8 seconds to play and four free throws in the final 23.9 seconds Wednesday night, rescuing Virginia after a brutal second half and giving the Cavaliers a 49-47 victory against Clemson.

The Cavaliers (12-10, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the second time in seven games despite being outscored 19-4 over an 11-minute stretch into the game's final minute.

Clemson (15-7, 4-4) scored just 13 points in the first half and shot no better than 25 percent for most of the night. The Tigers missed a chance to pull even for a second time in the final minute when Demontez Stitt missed the first of a one-and-one with 26.7 seconds left.

Farrakhan hit two free throws with 23.9 seconds to go, and two more with 11.4 seconds to play, after Devin Booker scored for the Tigers. Farrakhan was fouled again with 2.8 seconds left, but was injured, and Assane Sene, a 56-percent free-throw shooter, made 1 of 2.

Clemson inbounded the ball, but threw it away before getting a final shot.

Farrakhan led Virginia with 21 points and Sammy Zeglinski had 12 on four 3-pointers, all in the first 7 minutes of the game. Andre Young led the Tigers with 13 points.

Hokies down Wolfpack, 77-69

RALEIGH, N.C. - Virginia Tech ended the first half of the ACC schedule with a 77-69 victory over NC State at the RBC Center in Raleigh on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Hokies improve to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in ACC action, while NC State falls to 12-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

The Hokies jumped out to a 34-18 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first half on a three-pointer by Malcolm Delaney. Tech took a 39-26 lead into intermission. The Hokies never trailed in the second half, but NC State was able to cut the lead to single digits several times after the break. State cut the Tech lead to six points with 20 seconds remaining, but Delaney hit a pair of free throws to secure the win.

Delaney reached two major milestones in the contest, as he registered his 2,000th career point and 500th career assist in the game. Teammate Jeff Allen recorded his 1,500th career point in the win. Delaney becomes just the fourth person in Virginia Tech history to score 2,000 points.

Delaney led all scorers with 22 points. Allen recorded his third straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Terrell Bell and Erick Green each scored 13 points and Victor Davila grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.

The victory is the fourth straight for the Hokies over the Wolfpack and second straight in the RBC Center. The Hokies dominated the boards, out rebounding the Wolfpack, 46-35, including 19 offensive rebounds for Tech. The Hokies committed a season-low six turnovers on the night and hit 19 of 25 free throw attempts.