Men's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 16

Feb. 17, 2012

Curry Leads Duke Past NC State, 78-73

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Seth Curry scored 21 of his season-high 26 points in the second half, and Duke (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) rallied from 20 points down with 11:33 to play and beat North Carolina State 78-73 on Thursday night.

Freshman Austin Rivers added 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting for the Blue Devils (22-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). They used late rallies of 13-0 and 20-3 to erase that huge deficit and keep pace with North Carolina (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) and Florida State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) atop the league standings.

Lorenzo Brown scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack (18-8, 7-4), who trailed 76-73 with the ball in the final seconds with a chance to force overtime.

But Brown missed a contested 3-pointer from the corner with about 7 seconds left, and Curry hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds to go to seal NC State's 14th straight loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Snaer's 3-Pointer With 2.6 Seconds Left Lifts Florida State Past Virginia Tech, 48-47

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It goes by many names.

The Donald L. Tucker Center. The Civic Center. And even the T-L-C-Double-C.

But perhaps the most fitting name -- and the one most appropriate considering what happened tonight at the home of the No. 20 Florida State men's basketball team -- is the one that started simply as a nickname by FSU Assistant Director of Marketing Drew Longenecker because of a recent history of struggles by the Seminoles' visiting opponents.

Just call it the "Snakepit" because Atlantic Coast Conference teams keep getting bit.

Virginia Tech experienced the dangers of coming into the Seminoles' lair Thursday night as Michael Snaer's game-winning 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left gave FSU an improbable 48-47 come-from-behind victory.

Maryland Cruises Past BC, 81-65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Terrell Stoglin scored 19 of his 24 points in the decisive first half, and Maryland cruised to an 81-65 victory over struggling Boston College on Thursday night.

Stoglin went 7 for 10 from the field before halftime and put the Terrapins in front for good by scoring 14 consecutive points over a three-minute span. The Atlantic Coast Conference scoring leader finished 5 for 8 from beyond the arc in his 18th game with at least 20 points.

Stoglin has 68 3-pointers this season, breaking the school record for a sophomore (Greivis Vasquez had 64 in 2007-08).

Maryland (15-10, 5-6) led by 19 with 13 minutes elapsed and 41-27 at halftime. After Boston College scored the first six points of the second half, three-point plays by Nick Faust and James Padgett ignited a 9-2 spree that made it 50-35.

The Eagles (8-18, 3-9) closed to 63-56 with three minutes left but could not complete the comeback.