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Nov. 12, 2010
Senior Joe Trapani totaled 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Corey Raji recorded 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College to a 79-49 season-opening victory over St. Francis (NY) before 3,740 fans in Conte Forum.
The game marked Steve Donahue's first regular-season game at Boston College. Donahue accepted the BC job on April 7, 2010 after serving the previous 10 seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Junior Reggie Jackson added 17 points and four assists for the Eagles.
BC led 38-15 at halftime. Leading 3-2 three minutes into the contest, the host Eagles then ran off 21 straight points while holding the Terriers scoreless for just more than 10 minutes. Raji tallied 10 points, Jackson scored six points and Trapani tallied five points in this decisive rally.
During preseason, the talk was mostly about potential and promise. Friday night, it was about production.
Yes, freshman C.J. Leslie came to contribute -- sooner rather than later -- and so did rookies Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown.
Subbing early, the lanky Leslie sallied forth without trepidation, scored 21 points and flashed all-round skills while leading NC State to a season opening, 82-69, victory over pesky Tennessee Tech.
Using his length and athleticism, Leslie scored first on a dunk, later added crowd-pleasing alley-oop baskets, snatched six rebounds and blocked six shots.
As debuts go, it was impressive.
Freshman guard Billy Baron scored a game-high 19 points and senior forward Mike Scott scored 18 points and had a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Virginia men's basketball team to a 76-52 season-opening victory over William & Mary at John Paul Jones Arena on Friday night (Nov. 12). UVa won its season opener for the 13th consecutive season.
Freshman guard KT Harrell scored 13 points for the Cavaliers and senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan added 10 points.
Junior guard/forward Quinn McDowell led William & Mary with 16 points and junior forward JohnMark Ludwick had 13 points and six rebounds for the Tribe. Sophomore forward Kyle Gaillard and senior forward Marcus Kitts each scored 10 points for William & Mary.
Harrison Barnes scored 14 points in his debut to help No. 8 North Carolina beat Lipscomb 80-66 in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
Tyler Zeller scored 15 points to lead the Tar Heels, who didn't have the easiest time with the Bisons before winning their opener for the 78th time in 80 years. North Carolina led by eight points at halftime and by 14 early in the second half, but didn't put the game away until the final five minutes.
Barnes finished 6 for 12 from the field in 27 minutes. Last week, he became the first freshman named to The Associated Press preseason All-America team since voting began before the 1986-87 season.
Sophomore John Henson had a huge game, finishing with 10 points to go with career-highs of 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Malcolm Delaney scored 20 points and Jeff Allen recorded a double-double as the No. 21-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies got the season started on a good note with a 70-60 non-conference victory over Campbell University at Cassell Coliseum on Friday night.
The Hokies, who entered a season ranked for the first time since 1995, are now 8-0 in openers under head coach Seth Greenberg.
Delaney, the ACC's leading scorer a year ago at better than 20 points per game, hit just 3-of-9 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc against Campbell's zone defense. But he made all 11 of his free-throw attempts.
Terrell Bell scored a career-high 17 points, while Allen recorded his 28th career double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Starting guards Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott combined for 43 points to lead Miami past Jacksonville, 89-77, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at the BankUnited Center.
Grant scored a career-high 23 points -- including a career-high four three-pointers -- and Scott finished with 20 as the Hurricanes shook off a tough first-half challenge from the Dolphins, who advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2010.
Miami took the lead for good with a 12-0 run midway through the second half. Adrian Thomas' second of two 3-pointers during the spurt capped the run with 6:47 remaining and gave the Hurricanes a 76-64 lead.
Grant converted on 7 of 12 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Scott finished 8 of 14 from the field, while Reggie Johnson finished with 13 points and Thomas added 12.
Georgia Tech won its season opener Friday night, 52-39 victory over Charleston Southern as Mfon Udofia scored a team-high 12 points, Brian Oliver and Glen Rice Jr. added 11 each and redshirt freshman center Daniel Miller pitched in five points, six rebounds, seven blocked shots and three steals..
The home team shot 28.8 percent (17 of 59), made but three of 22 3-pointers (13.6 percent), and was good on a modest 15 of 28 free throws. It was the first time Tech shot under 30 percent since losing on Feb. 28, 2001, to Florida State.
Tech opened with an 11-0 run in Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and started the second half with a 10-1 burst. Otherwise the Bucs outscored the Jackets 38-31, and the Big South Conference team outrebounded the Jackets 51-39.
Thanks to Charleston Southern's 29 turnovers, the Jackets are 1-0. The Bucs were the more scarred team of two who struggled to score. They made 14 of 52 shots, four of 24 from beyond the stripe. Jonathan Brooks of Rutland High in Macon led the Bucs with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Devin Booker had a career-high 16 points and Clemson made coach Brad Brownell's debut a success with an easy, 87-64 victory over Western Carolina on Friday night.
The Tigers won their 26th straight season opener as Brownell became the fourth consecutive men's basketball coach to start his Clemson tenure 1-0.
Booker surpassed his previous high of 14 points set last season against Florida State. He also added seven rebounds. Booker led four Tigers in double-figure scoring. Milton Jennings had 14 points, Tanner Smith 12 and Andre Young 10.
Junior-college transfer Bernard James had a double-double - 15 points and 10 rebounds - and Deividas Dulkys added 12 points as Florida State cruised to a 75-55 victory over North Florida in the season opener for both teams at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State has won its opener in each of coach Leonard Hamilton's nine seasons.
Florida State certainly has athleticism and depth - four players scored in double figures. Derwin Kitchen and Chris Singleton each added 11 points for the Seminoles, while Xavier Gibson and Luke Loucks each added seven points.
Stetson used a late run in the first half and then put the game away early in the second to send Wake Forest to an 89-79 season-opening loss on Friday evening at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Sophomore Ari Stewart led the way for Wake Forest, posting his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman J.T. Terrell led the Deacons in scoring with 26 points, setting a Wake Forest freshman record for points in a season opener. Terrell went 8-for-17 from the field, including a 4-for-9 mark from three-point range. Fellow freshman Travis McKie was also in double figures with 10 points.