Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, February 17

Feb. 18, 2010

Duke Pushes Past Miami 81-74

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Mike Krzyzewski claimed his halftime pep talk had nothing to do with Duke's dramatic turnaround Wednesday night.

At the time, there was little to praise. The No. 6-ranked Blue Devils dug a 12-point halftime hole, then used smothering defense to rally and beat the Miami Hurricanes 81-74.

Jon Scheyer missed his first nine shots and Nolan Smith missed his first six for the Blue Devils, who shot 31 percent in the opening half to fall behind 37-25. But 22 turnovers doomed the Hurricanes, who attempted only 45 shots to 60 for the Blue Devils.

Better shooting helped, too. Scheyer, Smith and Kyle Singler combined for 49 points in the second half after totaling nine in the first half. Despite starting poorly, Smith finished with 21 points, and Scheyer scored 15 while shooting 3 for 15. Singler scored 22, had 11 rebounds and played all 40 minutes.

Dwayne Collins had 21 points and nine rebounds for Miami, and Durand Scott scored 19 points.

FSU Victorious at Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Chris Singleton scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Florida State to a 69-50 victory over Virginia on Wednesday night.

Luke Louks had 11 points and Xavier Gibson added 10 for the Seminoles (19-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who held Virginia to its second-lowest scoring output of the season.

Solomon Alabi, who came in averaging 12.5 points per game, scored eight points for Florida State. The Seminoles' leading scorer this season left the game at the 18:46 mark with an arm injury, but returned to score six first-half points.

The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the floor compared to Virginia (14-10, 5-6), which shot 38 percent.

Florida State led by nine points at halftime, but went on an 11-2 run to start the second half

Maryland Defeats NC State 67-58

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Greivis Vasquez scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half to help Maryland rally from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat North Carolina State 67-58 on Wednesday night.

Freshman Jordan Williams matched his season-high of 19 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (18-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who pushed ahead for good midway through the second half for their seventh straight win in the series. Maryland shot 56 percent after halftime to move into a second-place tie with Virginia Tech in the ACC standings, just behind league-leading Duke.

Dennis Horner had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (14-13, 2-10), who have lost five straight games to fall into the ACC basement. N.C. State led 37-27 at halftime, but went nearly 9 minutes without a field goal after the break as Maryland made its push to the lead.