Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, February 16

Feb. 16, 2011

Smith & No. 5 Duke Down Virginia, 56-41

Nolan Smith had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as No. 5 Duke overcame a sluggish start to beat Virginia 56-41 on Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils (24-2, 11-1) won their fifth straight, despite getting just two points from second-leading scorer Kyle Singler. The senior was in foul trouble for much of the game and didn't score his first bucket until the 16-minute mark of the second half.

Duke held Virginia to 15 second-half points and beat the Cavaliers for the seventh straight time.

Mustapha Farrakhan led Virginia with 11 points.

The teams combined for seven turnovers before the first television timeout and Virginia took a 12-7 lead on Farrakhan's fast-break layup. Duke answered with a 15-5 run over the next six minutes.

Just before the half, Smith raced out in transition and converted a layup as he was being fouled by Sammy Zeglinski. While standing over Zeglinski, Smith did a little dance. Duke was in control the rest of the way.

Duke led 34-26 lead at the break and clamped down on the Cavaliers in the second half.

Yellow Jackets Hold Off Chattanooga, 63-52 

Glen Rice Jr. scored 27 points, Iman Shumpert added 19 and Georgia Tech snapped a five-game losing streak a 62-53 victory over Chattanooga on Wednesday night.

Shumpert pulled down 11 of Georgia Tech's 34 rebounds. Rice now has scored at least 20 points six times since Dec. 25.

The Yellow Jackets' biggest lead was 11 points at the 7:30 mark of the first half.

With 10 turnovers in each half, Chattanooga allowed 24 points off their miscues. Deantre Jefferson finished with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds, but he also led the Mocs with six turnovers.