Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 4

Feb. 4, 2012

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Florida State Beats Virginia, Extends Streak

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A capacity crowd at the Donald L. Tucker got exactly what it expected Saturday afternoon from No. 16 Virginia and No. 21 Florida State.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's two best defensive teams combined to force 39 turnovers - 19 by the Seminoles and 20 by the Cavaliers - and the game needed every bit of its 40 minutes to determine a winner.

When the final buzzer did sound, FSU emerged victorious over UVa, 58-55, thanks to its ability to withstand a second-half rally that had erased a 13-point 'Noles (16-6, 7-1 ACC) lead. By beating Virginia (18-4, 5-3), FSU not only upset another top-20 opponent but it extended its school-record streak of conference victories to seven.

Wood Catches Fire as Pack Torches Wake, 87-76

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Scott Wood scored a season-high 23 points on a stellar 6-of-10 shooting performance from three-point range, launched NC State to a 87-76 win and a season sweep of Wake Forest Saturday at the RBC Center.

"Scott Wood was pretty good in just about every facet," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "He defended well, gave up a couple of looks here and there, but mostly it was great to see him get in the groove where everybody in the gym started to think that every shot he took was going in."

The Wolfpack boasted four double-digit scorers, highlighted by Wood. C.J. Williams and C.J. Leslie each poured in 18, Williams on 8-of-13 shooting and Leslie on 6-of-13 including 5-of-7 from the line. Leslie bounced back in a big way after being held scoreless in the Pack's first meeting with Wake.

Georgia Tech Beats Boston College in Final Minute, 51-47

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ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Glen Rice Jr. scored three points in the final minute, Brandon Reed hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds and Georgia Tech snapped a six-game losing streak with a 51-47 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

In a matchup of two struggling teams, Rice finished with 11 points and Kammeon Holsey and Daniel Miller each added 10 for the Yellow Jackets (9-14, 2-7 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Matt Humphrey scored 15 points and Lonnie Jackson had 10 for the Eagles (7-16, 2-7 ACC), who have dropped six straight and nine of 11.

No. 5 Tar Heels Hold Off Maryland, 83-74

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Tyler Zeller scored 22 points, John Henson had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 North Carolina rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to squeeze past Maryland 83-74 Saturday.

The Tar Heels (20-3, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got all they could handle from the upstart Terrapins, who didn't lead over the final nine minutes but never let North Carolina get comfortable down the stretch.

UNC star Harrison Barnes, who sprained his left ankle Tuesday against Wake Forest, scored 18 points on 5-for-15 shooting. He started slowly but was instrumental after Zeller picked up his fourth foul with 11:44 to go.

Hokies Hold On Down the Stretch to Knock Off Clemson

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's Jarell Eddie scored 15 points, and the Hokies withstood a furious Clemson rally down the stretch, holding off the Tigers 67-65 in an ACC game played Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

With the win, Tech moved to 13-10 overall, 2-6 in the ACC. Clemson fell to 11-11, 3-5 in the league.

Tech seemed to have the game in control, leading 64-50 following a Dorian Finney-Smith 3-pointer from the corner with 5:57 remaining. But the Tigers used pressure defense to get back in the game, going on a 15-3 run and cutting the Tech lead to 67-65 on a jumper by Tanner Smith with 27 seconds left in the game.