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Mustapha Farrakhan scored 16 points and Joe Harris added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Virginia to a 61-54 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon (Feb. 19) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Sammy Zeglinski also scored in double figures for Virginia with 10 points and he had five assists.
Malcolm Delaney scored a game-high 22 points to lead Virginia Tech. Erick Green added 12 points for the Hokies and Jeff Allen had a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Virginia led by five points (28-23) at the half and used a 16-6 run at the beginning of the second half to open a 44-29 lead with 11:59 left in the game. Five different UVa players scored in the run that included four three-point field goals, two by Zeglinski.
Virginia Tech then went on a 13-1 run to cut the Cavaliers' lead to 45-42 with 7:46 remaining to play. Delaney had two three-point field goals during that stretch.
The Hokies were within four points at 48-44 with 5:55 remaining, but baskets by Farrakhan and Jontel Evans expanded the Virginia lead to eight points at 52-44 with 2:01 to play. Virginia Tech got within four (56-52) with 19 seconds remaining, but the Cavaliers then made five of six free throws to hold off the Hokies.
Bernard James scored 15 points while Florida State pulled away in the second half to beat Wake Forest 84-66 on Saturday.
Freshman Ian Miller and Deividas Dulkys each added 14 for the Seminoles (19-7, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who stayed in sole possession of third place in the league by dominating the last-place Demon Deacons (8-19, 1-11) after the break.
Florida State trailed by two at halftime before using a 13-2 run to push ahead by double figures, then the Seminoles steadily increased the margin by attacking the rim while Wake Forest seemed to grow steadily more passive.
McKie had 20 points to lead Wake Forest, which shot just 33 percent. The Demon Deacons - the ACC's best free-throw shooting team - managed to offset that early by making 14 of 15 from the line to lead for much of the first half. That included a bizarre final sequence of the opening half in which Florida State's Terrance Shannon fouled J.T. Terrell on a hurried 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left.
Terrell made all three free throws for a 33-31 lead, but the freshman followed that by trying to steal the Seminoles' fullcourt heave and fouling Dulkys as he tried his own desperation shot with 0.1 left on the clock. But Dulkys missed the first two shots before making the third, sending the Demon Deacons into the locker room with a 33-31 lead.
But the Seminoles, who opened the game by missing 10 of 12 shots to give the Demon Deacons some early confidence, quickly asserted themselves in the second half to take back control.
Tyler Zeller scored 16 points and No. 19 North Carolina held off a late rally to beat Boston College 48-46 on Saturday.
Freshmen Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes had 10 points each for the Tar Heels (20-6, 10-2 ACC), who held Boston College to season lows of 26.9 percent shooting and total points.
Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson scored 13 points apiece for the Eagles (16-10, 6-6), who made it a two-point game on Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:10 left.
After Marshall missed on a drive with about 35 seconds left, Dallas Elmore rebounded and the Eagles called timeout with 17.6 seconds left to set up their final play. With about 5 seconds left, Jackson pulled up for a 3-pointer over 6-foot-10 John Henson - the ACC's leading shot-blocker - and it rimmed out.
The Tar Heels led 21-20 at the break, and both teams were held to first-half scoring lows. North Carolina's matched their single-half low during the Williams era, a mark first established last season at Georgia Tech.