Men's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, February 21

Feb. 21, 2012

Defensive Effort Leads to 56-37 Victory over Georgia Tech

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ATLANTA - Clemson allowed its fewest points ever in an ACC regular season game in a 56-37 win Tuesday at Philips Arena over Georgia Tech. The win improved Clemson's record to 14-13 on the season, 6-7 in the ACC. With the loss, Tech dropped to 9-18, 2-11 in conference play.

Clemson was led in scoring by junior forward Milton Jennings, who produced 13 of his 15 points in the first 20 minutes of play. Jennings made 6-of-11 shots, including 2-of-5 from three. Tanner Smith scored eight and added six rebounds and six assists. The Yellow Jackets were led by Kammeon Holsey's 12 points and 11 from guard Brandon Reed.

Georgia Tech jumped in front 4-3 after a media timeout, but the Tigers responded with a 12-3 run. Clemson got threes from Young and Jennings during the run. Tech pulled to within three at 16-13, but a miss on a jumper and long rebound to Smith led to a break where he found freshman Bernard Sullivan inside for a layup.

Marshall's Career-High Leads Tar Heels Past NC State 86-74

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists to help No. 7 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Tuesday night.

Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended their domination of their nearby rivals. North Carolina has won 12 straight meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6) in five years.

The Tar Heels shot 51 percent, including 10 for 19 from 3-point range. And Marshall was a big reason for that success, whether he was knocking down outside shots against sagging defenders or finding teammates for baskets.

Terps Rally, Down Miami, 75-70

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - James Padgett scored 16 points, including a pivotal three-point play in the final minute, and Maryland held Miami without a basket over a nine-minute stretch in a 75-70 victory Tuesday night.

Maryland (16-11, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 66-61 before rallying with a 10-0 run during the final two minutes. A 3-point shot by Sean Mosley and a three-point play by Padgett preceded two three throws by Mosley and two more by Terrell Stoglin.

Stoglin finished with 20 points on 6-for-17 shooting and Mosley contributed 15 points.

Cavaliers Down Hokies 61-59 in Blacksburg

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Mike Scott scored 20 points and Sammy Zeglinski had 13, all in the second half, and No. 25 Virginia hung on to beat Virginia Tech 61-59 on Tuesday night.

For the second game in a row, the Cavaliers (21-6, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) held an opponent scoreless for more than eight minutes in the second half to rally. They did it to Maryland for 8:18 on Saturday, and to the Hokies for 8:25 - starting at the 13-minute mark.

Virginia Tech (15-13, 4-9), which came in having played three consecutive games decided by a point, led 49-44 after Erick Green's floater with 13 minutes to play. When Robert Brown finally broke the drought with two free throws with 4:35 left, the Cavaliers had built a 56-51 lead.