Men's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, November 14

Nov. 14, 2011

Hokies roll past Monmouth in first round of NIT Season Tip-off

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Robert Brown scored a game-high 19 points to pace five Virginia Tech players in double figures, and the Hokies cruised to an easy 91-46 victory over Monmouth in an opening-round NIT Season Tip-off game played Monday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Tech (2-0) advanced to play in the second round Tuesday night at Cassell Coliseum against the winner of the Florida International-George Mason game held later Monday evening. Monmouth (0-2) will take on the loser of that game also on Tuesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Tech never trailed, shooting 64 percent from the floor in the first half and holding Monmouth without a field goal for an eight-minute stretch. In the second half, the Hokies blew things open by using a 19-2 run to start the half and taking a 25-point lead, 61-26, on a basket by Brown with 12:17 remaining. The Hawks missed 10 of their first 11 shots in the second half.

The Hokies led by as many as 49 in this game. They shot 62.5 percent from the floor and made 10 of their 15 3-point attempts (66.7 percent).

James Shakes Injury, Leads FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It may have been a bit delayed but Monday night the new and improved Bernard James made his highly anticipated debut for the Florida State men's basketball team.

After an ankle injury limited him to just one point in the Seminoles' victorious season-opener last Friday, a healthy James' career evening guided FSU to a 73-50 win over in-state foe UCF at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

James, who spent the offseason working on developing his right hand and improving his free-throw shooting in anticipation of his second and final year in the garnet and gold, registered a career-best 18 points against the Knights (1-1) and added a career-high 11 rebounds.

And he wasn't alone in filling up the box score.

FSU (2-0) benefitted offensively from three starters in double figures -- including James -- as Xavier Gibson added 12 points and seven rebounds and Michael Snaer bounced back after shooting just 1-for-7 in the first half to score 15 points.

Jackets Cruise Past Delaware State, 70-52

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Daniel Miller matched his career high with 14 points and set a new high with 15 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to a 70-52 win over Delaware State on Monday night.

Miller posted his first career double-double and Kammeon Holsey had a career-high 21 points for Georgia Tech (2-0). Jason Morris had 11 points.

Tahj Tate and Brandon Oliver each had 14 points for Delaware State (1-1).

Miller has scored in double figures in two straight games for first-year coach Brian Gregory, including 12 points and 7 rebounds in the opening win over Florida A&M.

Gregory has Miller, who had a career-high six assists against Delaware State, playing a bigger role in setting up points for other players.

Men's Basketball Slips Past New Hampshire, 67-64

BOSTON (AP) - Patrick Heckmann hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer from just inside midcourt as Boston College scored 14 of the last 15 points in the first to take the lead for good and beat New Hampshire 67-64 Monday night.

Heckmann scored 19 points with eight rebounds, and Ryan Anderson had 13 and 10 in the season opener for BC, which was picked to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference after losing 10 lettermen from last season. In their place are nine freshmen - 11 newcomers in all - including Heckmann, a 6-foot-5 guard from Germany.

Chandler Rhoads scored 20 and Brian Benson had 12 rebounds for New Hampshire (1-1), which hasn't beaten Boston College in 12 tries since 1986.

The Wildcats cut it to one point three times in the second half, the third when Rhoads was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 1:24 left. But he missed the middle free throw, and John Cahill made a 3-pointer from the right baseline.