Men's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, November 12

Nov. 12, 2012

Clemson Opens Regular Season With 77-44 Victory Over Presbyterian College

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Milton Jennings produced a team-high 15 points to lead Clemson to a 77-44 victory over Presbyterian College at Littlejohn Coliseum in the season opener for both teams on Monday. The Tigers, who won their 28th consecutive season opener, played all 12 active players on their roster and received scoring contributions from 10 of them.

Jennings was efficient from the field, hitting 6-of-7 shots, including several from long range. He added six rebounds, also a team-high, and two steals in just 20 minutes of action. Fellow senior Devin Booker added 11 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes. Freshman guard Jordan Roper was a third Tiger in double figures, as he bagged 11 in his first career game. Roper hit 5-of-7 field goals in 16 minutes. Damarcus Harrison and K.J. McDaniels added eight points apiece.

FSU Beats Buffalo, 95-68, For First Win of Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Three nights after a stunning season-opening loss to visiting South Alabama, the Florida State men's basketball team answered with a 95-68 win over Buffalo Monday evening at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles will now continue the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament that started with Friday's loss with a Thursday game at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y against BYU at 7 p.m. FSU will then play Notre Dame or St. Joseph's Friday with all games airing live on truTV.

Against the Bulls, FSU pulled away with an 8-0 run in the early moments to lead 18-6 and never trailed in the ballgame. But after taking a 47-30 lead into halftime, Buffalo wouldn't quite go away.

The Bulls pulled to within a 66-58 score midway through the second half before a Kiel Turpin free throw and Montay Brandon dunk put the 'Noles back on top by double digits. The Seminoles closed out the game on a 31-12 run.

Terrapins Take Down Morehead State, 67-45

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Nick Faust scored 12 points, Alex Len had 11, and Maryland plodded past Morehead State 67-45 Monday night.

The Terrapins seemed to lack the same intensity they showed in a narrow season-opening loss to defending NCAA champion Kentucky. But Maryland still had enough talent, height and depth to beat the cold-shooting Eagles.

The Terrapins finished with a 40-32 rebounding advantage and outscored Morehead State 17-6 at the foul line. James Padgett scored nine points, and Dez Wells and Shaquille Cleare had eight apiece for Maryland.

After letting a 16-point halftime lead dwindle to 10 with 13 minutes left, Maryland used an 11-1 run to pull away.

Virginia Downs Fairfield, 54-45

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Joe Harris scored nine of his 15 points in the opening minutes of the second half Monday night and Virginia rallied to beat Fairfield 54-45 in the NIT Season Tip-off.

Akil Mitchell and freshman Evan Nolte added 11 points each for the Cavaliers, who will play in the second round Tuesday night.

Josip Mikulic scored 13 points and Derek Needham and Desmond Wade had 10 each for Fairfield. The Stags scored only 15 points in the second half, making just 5 of 25 shots. In the first half, they were 12 for 23 with six 3-pointers, including three in as many tries by the 7-foot Mikulic.

Harris scored nine of the Cavaliers' first 11 points in the second half, including a 15-foot jumper with 17 minutes left that gave them their first lead at 33-32.

Virginia stretched its margin to 42-37 as the Stags went 5 1/2 minutes without a point, but Desmond Wade made a pair of free throws for Fairfield and Colin Nickerson followed several Cavaliers' misses with a layup at the other end, making it a one-point game with 8:45 to go. Fairfield added just two field goals the rest of the way.

Green Ties a Career High to Lift Tech Past Rhode Island

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Erick Green tied his career high with 25 points to lift the Hokies past Rhode Island 69-50 in a nonconference game played Monday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Green scored 17 of his 25 in the first half, as Tech jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed. The Rams missed their first seven shots from the floor and didn't score in the first 5:08 of the game.

Rhode Island cut the lead to 28-24 on a basket by Xavier Munford with 1:59 left in the first half. But the Hokies scored the last eight points of the half - six of those coming on two Green 3-pointers - to take a 36-24 lead at halftime.

Rhode Island got no closer than 11 the rest of the game. The Rams had a chance to cut the lead to nine with 10:02 remaining, but Nikola Malesevic missed a layup, and Green responded for the Hokies by making two free throws with 9:46 left to push the lead back to 13.