Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 20

Feb. 20, 2010


BC Men's Basketball Defeats North Carolina, 71-67

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Inserted into the starting line-up for the first time in 10 games, sophomore Reggie Jackson responded with 17 points, including 14 in the second half, to lead Boston College to a 71-67 ACC win over North Carolina before 8,128 fans in Conte Forum.

Junior Corey Raji totaled 16 points and five rebounds, while classmate Rakim Sanders tallied 14 points and six rebounds. Junior Joe Trapani finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

Sophomore Evan Ravenel provided a big spark off the bench, notching eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes.

Trailing by seven points just more than two minutes into the second half, BC used two big runs to secure the victory. After North Carolina began the half with a 10-2 run to gain a 46-39 advantage, the host Eagles ran off 10 straight points to claim a 49-46 lead. Jackson scored five points and Raji netted four points in this stretch.

BC held a 55-53 lead midway through the half before scoring eight consecutive points to boost its advantage to double digits - 63-53 - with 7:28 to play. Raji scored four points in this rally.

UNC's Larry Drew II converted a three-point play with 1:38 left to trim the margin to two points - 67-65, but a Sanders driving hoop and two Jackson free throws raised the BC lead to six points - 71-65 - with 31.0 seconds left.

Wolfpack Grabs 3rd Win over Ranked ACC Foe

Saturday afternoon, Sidney Lowe's team beat No. 23 Wake Forest 68-54 at the RBC Center.

Five Wolfpack players scored in double figures, pushing their team to its fifth consecutive win over the Demon Deacons in Raleigh and ending the Pack's seven-game ACC losing streak. Junior Tracy Smith led the team with 14 points, followed by senior Farnold Degand with 13.

Sophomore C.J. Williams had 12, junior Javi Gonzalez had 11 and Horner had 10 for the Wolfpack (15-13 overall, 3-10 ACC). Horner also had his third game of more than 10 rebounds in the last four games, with 12. Prior to his 13-point, 16-rebound effort against Virginia Tech, Horner had never had a double-double in his college career.

The Wolfpack's defense shut out Wake Forest's outside shooting, holding the Demon Deacons (18-7, 8-5) to a scoreless 0-for-12 from beyond the 3-point line. It was the first time a State opponent has failed to hit at least one 3-pointer in 633 consecutive games, dating back to a Jan. 27, 1990 contest against Maryland. State held Wake to 34.8 percent overall shooting from the field and forced 23 turnovers.

Sophomore Farouq Aminu led Wake Forest with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Smith and L.D. Williams had 12 points apiece. But the Deacons' two freshmen, C.J. Harris and Ari Steward were a combined 1-for-15 from the field.

Tucker 3-Pointer Lifts Terps Over Georgia Tech

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland trailed Georgia Tech by two points with 1.5 seconds left when coach Gary Williams called for a play that is a staple of every practice. The ball ended up in the hands of Cliff Tucker. Problem is, the backup guard had never before taken that shot.

Tucker buried a 3-pointer as time expired, and Maryland pulled out a 76-74 victory Saturday to remain unbeaten at home in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After Derrick Favors gave Georgia Tech the lead with a follow-up basket with 3 seconds left, Maryland got the ball to midcourt before calling a timeout. The Terrapins got the ball to Tucker, whose shot from the left corner found the bottom of the net, setting off a celebration at the sold out Comcast Center.

The wild finish overshadowed a milestone performance by Maryland senior Greivis Vasquez, who scored 18 to become the sixth player in school history to reach the 2,000-point mark.

Vasquez is the first ACC player to have at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds. He now has 2,013 points to trail only Juan Dixon, Len Bias, Albert King, Adrian Branch and John Lucas on Maryland's career list.

Eric Hayes scored 15 for Maryland and Jordan Williams had nine points and 12 rebounds. The victory gave the Terrapins (19-7, 9-3) sole possession of second place in the ACC.

Favors had 21 points and 18 rebounds, both season highs, and Iman Shumpert scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets (18-9, 6-7). Georgia Tech is 1-6 on the road in the ACC and has lost nine straight to Maryland since February 2004.

Grant Leads Clemson past Virginia

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -Jerai Grant tied a career best with 18 points on 8 of 9 shooting as Clemson beat Virginia 72-49 on Saturday.

The Tigers (19-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed in this one, finishing a three-game homestand perfect to state their case for an NCAA bid and move back into the top half of the ACC.

Clemson shot 51.9 percent and made 12 of 13 free throws.

The freefall continues for Virginia (14-11, 5-7), who lost its fourth game in seven days and is 2-6 since first-year coach Tony Bennett opened with three ACC wins in a row.

The Cavaliers shot just 35 percent from the field, were 2 of 13 on 3-pointers and put up at least five airballs. It was the fourth straight game they've shot under 38 percent overall.