Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 12

Feb. 12, 2011

Jackson Lifts Men's Basketball Over Maryland, 76-72

Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Boston College to a 76-72 win over Maryland on Saturday.

Corey Raji added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (16-9, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). BC had dropped five of its last seven league games after starting 3-0.

Dino Gregory scored 15 points, and Pe'Shon Howard and Terrell Stoglin each had 14 for Maryland (16-9, 5-5). The Terrapins lost for just the second time in seven games.

Maryland forward Jordan Williams, who had a double-double in each of the last three conference games, was held to 12 points and eight rebounds.

After Maryland opened a five-point edge at the start of the second half on two free throws by Williams, neither team led by more than three until Jackson's 3-point play gave Boston College a 56-52 lead with 9:26 to play. He drove the lane, hit a spinning reverse layup while being fouled on the play, then made the free throw.

Following a media timeout, Raji had a putback and Jackson another twisting drive, pushing the lead to 60-52 with 7:35 left.

Maryland called time out to try to stem the momentum, but Jackson followed a Terrapins miss with a 3 from the top of the key, his fourth in the game from beyond the arc.

No. 20 Tar Heels Hold Off Clemson, 64-62

Freshman Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, John Henson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and No. 20 North Carolina beat Clemson 64-62 on Saturday.

Barnes dunked with 3:01 left to put the Tar Heels (18-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead to stay, 53-51. Freshman Kendall Marshall followed with a steal of Clemson senior Demontez Stitt and made an easy layup to extend the lead.

Clemson (17-8, 6-5) cut a 61-53 lead to the final margin in the last 10 seconds with 3-pointers by Bryan Narcisse and Stitt.

Stitt led the Tigers with 17 points, 13 in the second half.

Along with Barnes' play, freshman Marshall, the Tar Heels' new point guard, ended with 18 points, including going 10 of 11 from the free throw line.

The Tar Heels threatened to blow this one out with a 15-4 start and were still ahead 28-22 at halftime. However, Clemson got back into it with an 8-0 run to start the second half and lead 30-28. Neither team was up by more than four points until the final minute as the Tar Heels built the 61-53 lead from the foul line.

Noles Hold Off Virginia, 63-56

Michael Snaer scored 16 points, including four straight free throws in the final 20 seconds, and Florida State repelled a late Virginia rally to defeat the Cavaliers 63-56 Saturday.

But it was a costly victory for the Seminoles (18-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who lost top scorer and rebounder Chris Singleton with a fractured right foot that will require surgery, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said afterward.

Singleton was hurt 10 minutes into the game, but had already scored 11 points with Virginia leading 19-15.

Sammy Zeglinsky scored 19 points and Joe Harris 17 for Virginia, which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Virginia (12-12, 3-7 ACC) fought back from a 16-point deficit in the second half and pulled to within 56-53 with 1:11 left on Harris' short running jumper.