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Feb. 13, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Nolan Smith scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Seth Curry added 16 and No. 5 Duke extended its Atlantic Coast Conference lead by holding off Miami 81-71 on Sunday night. Kyle Singler scored 14 and Mason Plumlee 12 for the Blue Devils (23-2, 10-1). Duke's record after 25 games matches its best since the 2005-06 season.
Reggie Johnson scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Miami (15-10, 4-7), which was bidding for its first four-game ACC winning streak since February 2008. The Hurricanes fell to 1-17 since 2000 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, the lone win coming against Duke three seasons ago.
The Blue Devils didn't let that happen again, building a double-digit lead midway through the second half and controlling the game from there.
Miami got within six points twice in the final minute, only to have Tyler Thornton hit two free throws on ensuing Duke possessions to keep the Hurricanes out of reach.
Malcolm Grant also scored 16 and Durand Scott added 10 points and a game-high eight assists for the Hurricanes, who play four of their last six regular-season games on the road.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- Tracy Smith poured in 20, while C.J. Leslie matched his career conference-high with 19 points to lead NC State past Wake Forest 80-55 Sunday.
The 25-point margin of victory marks the Pack's third-largest ACC road win of all-time. NC State's last ACC road win of more than 25 points came in 1954, when the Wolfpack pulled the feat twice.
Smith's afternoon included 9-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds. Leslie also added eight rebounds to tie for the game-high.
Lorenzo Brown equaled his career-high with seven assists, matching his total against North Carolina on January 29. Over the last four games, Brown is averaging a team-high 5.8 assists.
BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney scored 22 of his season-high 33 points in the first half to lead Virginia Tech past Georgia Tech 102-77 in an ACC game played at Cassell Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The Hokies (16-7, 6-4 ACC) now have won 12 of their past 15 games and are alone in fourth place in the ACC. They avenged a 72-57 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Jan. 25 - a game in which Delaney scored eight points and turned the ball over eight times.
Delaney hit 9 of 14 from the floor for the game, including three 3-pointers, and he connected on 12 of 14 from the free-throw line. He missed his career high in points by just four.
Behind him, Virginia Tech scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed. He hit the game's opening basket and added a 3-pointer in that run.
Georgia Tech (10-14, 3-8), which has lost five straight, cut the lead to 9-6 on a basket by Iman Shumpert, but the Hokies embarked on a 33-11 run over the next eight minutes to blow open the game. Virginia Tech hit 14 of its first 17 shots from the floor.