Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, February 23

Feb. 23, 2011

Hurricanes Hold Off Boston College, 73-64

Reggie Johnson scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to help Miami hold off a Boston College charge in a 73-64 win Wednesday night, sweeping the season series.

The Hurricanes (17-11, 5-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by as many as 22 points in the first half. They were up by 18 before Reggie Jackson and Joe Trapani led a pair of Eagles comebacks to get within six points on three occasions, the last time with 22.7 seconds left.

Johnson converted back-to-back three-point plays when BC (16-11, 6-7), which got as close as five points, at 61-56 with 3:38 left, made its first run. He hit two more baskets and two free throws later in the half.

Malcolm Grant added 15 points for Miami, including a bomb with 3 minutes left.

For the Eagles, Trapani scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, and Jackson had 13 of his 15 after the break. Trapani also had 11 rebounds.

Virginia Wins at Georgia Tech 62-56

Mustapha Farrakhan scored 17 points, including five straight to give Virginia the lead in the final 5 minutes, and the Cavaliers beat Georgia Tech 62-56 on Wednesday night.

Farrakhan hit two free throws to snap a tie and added a 3-pointer for a 51-46 lead with 4:05 remaining.

Farrakhan's points were part of a 12-0 run for Virginia (14-13, 5-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) after Georgia Tech led 46-43.

Maurice Miller answered with a basket and a three-point play for Georgia Tech, cutting the Cavaliers' lead to 55-51 with 1:39 remaining.

Joe Harris, who had 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to help Virginia protect its lead. Jontel Evans and Assane Sene each had nine points.

North Carolina Holds Off NC State, 75-63

Harrison Barnes scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help No. 19 North Carolina pull away late to beat North Carolina State 75-63 on Wednesday night.

Fellow freshman Kendall Marshall added 14 points for the Tar Heels (21-6, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were in a tough fight against their nearby rival before Barnes got rolling. The freshman missed all six shots in the first half, including an airballed jumper that had the rowdy Wolfpack fans on his case.

But Barnes roared back in the second half, hitting a key jumper to ignite a clinching 17-7 run that sent the red-clad crowd heading for the exits. He also stuffed home a pair of misses from teammates in transition, then calmly buried a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and give North Carolina a 67-59 lead with 1:52 left.

C.J. Leslie had 13 points to lead N.C. State (14-13, 4-9), which lost to the Tar Heels for the 10th straight meeting.

This time, North Carolina rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half and led by as many as nine in the second half before N.C. State staged its own rally to tie the game with about 10 1/2 minutes left. But Barnes knocked down a jumper to make it 56-52, then Tyler Zeller tipped in a miss from Barnes on the next possession. Dexter Strickland followed that with a pullup jumper in transition to push the margin to 60-52 with 6:16 left.

Terps Pick Up Key ACC Win Over FSU, 78-62

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Freshman Terrell Stoglin scored 17 points, and Maryland used a strong second half to beat Florida State 78-62 Wednesday night and severely damage the Seminoles' pursuit of their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.

The Terrapins (18-10, 7-6) had five players score in double figures. Jordan Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Dino Gregory scored 14 and Adrian Bowie added 12 in Maryland's eighth straight home win over Florida State.

Derwin Kitchen scored 16 and Deividas Dulkys had 14 for the Seminoles (19-8, 9-4). The loss dropped Florida State three games behind first-place Duke with three games to play

Singler Guides No. 1 Duke to 78-61 Win Over No. 24 Temple

Kyle Singler broke out of a slump by scoring 28 points, and Duke marked its return to the top spot in the national rankings by beating No. 24 Temple 78-61 on Wednesday night.

Nolan Smith finished with 15 points and Mason Plumlee added 13 rebounds to help the ACC-leading Blue Devils (26-2) dodge a late-season non-conference letdown and pick up a significant victory in their return to the top spot in the polls. Duke used a huge run that bridged the halves to win its eighth straight overall and extend a pair of notable winning streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Singler equaled a career high for field goals while going 10 of 19 in his most productive game since matching a career high with 30 points at Oregon on Nov. 27. This time, he helped Duke win its 35th straight game at Cameron and its 86th in a row there against non-conference teams—both NCAA bests.

Lavoy Allen finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but Temple (21-6) had its eight-game winning streak snapped.