Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 26

Feb. 26, 2011

Hokies rally to topple No. 1 Duke

Jeff Allen scored 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Virginia Tech ended the game with a 17-7 run to stun No. 1 Duke 64-60 in an ACC game on Saturday night in front of a packed audience at Casse! ll Coliseum.

The win marked Tech’s fourth over a No. 1 team in school history – three since joining the ACC. Tech moved to 19-8 overall, 9-5 in the ACC, and the Hokies have now won 15 of their past 19 games. Duke, which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped, fell to 26-3, 12-2.

Then the basketball team polished off the day by rallying in the final seven minutes to beat the Blue Devils. Following the game, Tech fans stormed the floor, much as they did in the 2007 victory over then-No.1 North Carolina. Things looked bleak for the Hokies, who scored just two baskets in an eight-minute span in the second half and found themselves trailing 53-47 after two free throws by Duke’s Kyle Singler with 7:44 remaining in the game.

But Tech dominated the game the rest of the way. An Allen 3-pointer with 6:30 to go started the Hokies’ game-ending run. Terrell Bell’s 3-pointer with 4:40 remaining tied the game at 55, and his two free throws with 4:19 left gave the Hokies a 57-55 lead. Allen added another basket with 2:39 to go to give Tech a 59-55 bulge. Singler’s basket cut the Tech lead to two with 2:27 left, but Tech answered when Delaney connected on arguably the biggest basket of the game. Without a 3-pointer to this point, he buried a 3 from the right wing with 2:01 remaining to push Tech’s lead back to five, 62-57.

Bell and Green added 12 points each for Tech, while Delaney and Victor Davila finished with 11. Davila grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Singler, who made just 6 of 19 from the floor, paced the Blue Devils with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Nolan Smith added 18 rebounds. Duke shot just 39.7 percent from the floor and got out-rebounded by the smaller Hokies 44-38

Noles Hold Off Miami, 65-59

Okaro White and Deividas Dulkys scored 17 points apiece and Florida State held off a furious Miami finish to escape with a 65-59 victory Saturday for its 20th win of the season. White, a freshman starting in place of injured Chris Singleton, knocked down a 10-foot jumper with 31 seconds remaining that gave Florida State a 64-59 lead after Malcolm Grant's 3-point shot 25 seconds earlier moved the Hurricanes to within 62-59.

White hit 6 of 11 shots and grabbed seven rebounds while Dulkys connected of 4 of 8 attempts from 3-point range.

Grant led Miami with 19 points and 6-foot-10, 300-pound center Reggie Johnson added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Miami shot just 31.7 percent (20 of 63).

Miami (17-12, 5-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) fought back from a 22-point, first-half deficit.

Clemson Conquers Wake Forest, 63-49

Demontez Stitt and Jerai Grant scored 14 points each and Clemson extended Wake Forest's losing streak to eight games with a 63-49 victory Saturday.

The Tigers used a 14-2 first-half run to take control, then Stitt hit three 3-pointers in the second half to maintain the double-digit lead.

Wake Forest also had no answers for Clemson's inside game. Forward Devin Booker added 10 points and 10 rebounds while Grant had four blocks.

Nikita Mescheriakov's 11 points led the Demon Deacons, who shot 33 percent and were held to their second-fewest points this season.

Pack Takes 79-74 Win over Yellow Jackets

Sophomore Scott Wood scored a season-high 20 points and senior Tracy Smith ignited an 11-point run midway through the second half as NC State held off Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at the RBC Center.

Freshmen Lorenzo Brown added 13 points and Ryan Harrow 10 for the Wolfpack, which won for the third time in its last five games.

NC State built as much as a 12-point lead late in the first half, but allowed the Yellow Jackets to retake the lead early in the second. The game was tied at 54 with 10:49 remaining on the clock when sophomore Richard Howell made a free throw to kick off an 11-0 run.

Georgia Tech was led by Iman Shumpert’s game-high 21 points, while Mfon Udofia added 13 and Rice added 12.

BC Men's Basketball Downs Virginia, 63-44

Junior Reggie Jackson scored 25 points, and senior Corey Raji recorded 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Boston College to a 63-44 ACC win before 10,747 fans in John Paul Jones Arena.

Jackson scored five of his game-high point total in a crucial 10-0 run to end the first half, while Raji registered 10 of his points in a decisive 16-4 rally in the first nine minutes of the second half.

Senior Joe Trapani tallied 12 points to round out BC's list of double-digit scorers.

The host Cavaliers scored the game's first seven points and twice extended their lead to eight points - 13-5 and 18-10 -in the opening half. After Virginia took a 28-21 lead on a KT Harrell jumper with 2:20 left, the visitors ran off 10 straight points to close the half with a 31-28 cushion.

The Eagles continued their surge as the second half began. Led by four treys - two from Raji and one each from Jackson and Trapani - BC extended its margin to 15 points - 47-32 - with 11:30 remaining.