Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, March 6

March 6, 2010


Duke Cruises Past North Carolina, 82-50, for Share of Regular-Season Crown and the ACC Tournament's Top Seed

DURHAM, N.C. - Kyle Singler scored 19 of his 25 points in the decisive first half and No. 4 Duke routed North Carolina 82-50 on Saturday night.

Jon Scheyer had 20 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Blue Devils (26-5, 13-3), who earned their most lopsided home win over their fiercest rival.

They shot nearly 46 percent - 51 percent in a dominant first half - and made eight 3-pointers in beating North Carolina at home for the first time since 2005. Duke clinched a share of its 12th Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and wrapped up the No. 1 seed in next week's league tournament.

Freshman John Henson matched a season high with 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-15, 5-11). They endured their worst loss in seven years and had their lowest point total under coach Roy Williams.

Nolan Smith scored 20 points and Brian Zoubek added 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils. They took command with an early 31-8 run, led by 30 in the first half and showed no mercy in polishing off their first sweep of North Carolina since 2004.

Thompson finished with 11 points for the Tar Heels, who were serenaded by chants of "NIT" throughout and played without freshman guard Leslie McDonald after team officials said he strained his right hamstring during Friday's practice.


No. 22 Terps Claim Share of ACC Crown With 74-68 Win Over Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -Locked in a spirited battle with undermanned Virginia, No. 22 Maryland got help from the most unexpected place in the final minute on Saturday afternoon.

With the Terrapins leading by a point, a blocking foul on Jerome Meyinsse sent Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett into a momentary rage. The first-year coach peeled his jacket off and threw it, and was called for a technical foul that essentially rescued the Terps.

Greivis Vasquez finished with 23 points, including both free throws on the technical with 38.6 seconds to play, and Sean Mosley added two more right after as Maryland held on, 74-68.

The Terrapins (23-7, 13-3 ACC) clinched at least a tie for the conference regular season title with their seventh victory in a row, but let a Cavaliers team playing without suspended scoring leader Sylven Landesberg cut an 11-point deficit to one in the final minute.

Meyinsse led Virginia (14-15, 5-11) with 17 points in his final home game. Jeff Jones hit 4 of 6 3-point attempts and scored 16 points, and Sammy Zeglinski had 14 with four 3s.


Hokies lock up ACC bye in 88-82 win at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, Ga. – Virginia Tech completed the regular season with an 88-82 victory at Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta. With the win, the Hokies improve to 23-7 and 10-6 in ACC action, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 19-11 overall and 7-9 in conference play.

The Hokies played without second leading scorer Dorenzo Hudson, who missed the game do to a bone bruise in his right foot. Freshman Manny Atkins made his first career start in his hometown and contributed five points and career highs of five assists and seven rebounds in a career-high 38 minutes of action.

Delaney’s 32 points led for Hokies in double figures. Jeff Allen added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Bell, who along with Atkins are natives of nearby Stone Mountain, Ga., recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 13 points. Victor Davila added 10 points for the Hokies. Yellow Jacket post players Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors each scored 18 points in the loss.


Seminoles Down Miami, 61-60

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -Luke Loucks' 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining put Florida State ahead as his basket was the final margin in the Seminoles' 61-60 victory over the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon.

The Hurricanes had three opportunities to retake the lead, including Scott's missed jumper at the buzzer.

Loucks and Deividas Dulkys each scored 13 points to lead the Seminoles (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Scott was the high scorer for Miami (18-15, 4-12) with 14 points.

Behind four 3-pointers, Florida State built a 14-point lead in the opening 9:05 of the first half. The Seminoles ran off 10 unanswered points during their early advantage, capped by Xavier Gibson's 3-pointer with 10:55 remaining for a 19-5 Florida State lead.

But the Hurricanes responded and outscored the Seminoles 14-4 in the next 6:13. Reggie Johnson's two free throws with 4:42 cut Florida State's lead to 23-19.