Men's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 19

Nov. 19, 2010

Clemson Improves to 3-0 With Win Over Long Beach State

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) - Tanner Smith matched his career high with 17 points and Clemson never trailed in a 69-55 win over Long Beach State on Friday in the Paradise Jam.

The Tigers (3-0) will play Old Dominion in the second round and the 49ers (1-2) will play Saint Peter's.

Clemson, which hit 24 of 48 field goals, has shot 50 percent or better in three straight games to open the season.

The Tigers also shot a season-best 59 percent from 3-point range (10 of 17), with six different players hitting 3-pointers.

Clemson took a 13-point lead in the first half, but Long Beach State closed to 28-24 with 3:50 to go. The Tigers finished the half on a 9-0 run and led by as many as 20 in the second half.

Pack Runs Past George Mason

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Five Wolfpack players scored in double figures, and for the second straight game NC State used a strong second-half defensive performance, as the Pack downed George Mason, 78-65, to advance to the championship game of the Charleston Classic.

The Patriots had wiped out a 10-point first-half lead and led 56-55 with 12 minutes to go. But NC State responded with a 19-2 run to regain the lead for good at 61-59 with 9:14 left. Over the final 10 minutes of the game, George Mason scored just six points.

"It was a good run for us," said NC State head coach Sidney Lowe. "We got stops on defense, and we were able to get out and run and put pressure on their transition defense. Both of our runs in this tournament started with defense, and that is the way we have to continue to play.

Brown Leads `Canes Past North Carolina Central

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Freshman Rion Brown scored 17 points as Miami took an 88-65 victory over North Carolina Central on Friday night.

The Hurricanes (2-1), who rebounded from their first loss of the season at No. 19 Memphis on Monday, never trailed and broke the game open with 12 unanswered points early in the second half.

Brown, Garrius Adams and Adrian Thomas each hit 3-pointers during the run and Raphael Akpejiori's three-point play with 12:43 remaining capped the run for a 64-39 Miami lead.

Miami shot 10 of 22 from 3-point range.

Brown picked up the scoring load for the Hurricanes' leading scorers, guards Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott, who were averaging 20 points per game. Grant had eight points and Scott scored three, while playing intentionally limited minutes on Friday after averaging more than 30 minutes apiece over the opening two games.

Yellow Jackets Knock Off Niagara, 77-51

ATLANTA (AP) - Brian Oliver scored 15 of his 17 points in the opening half to lead Georgia Tech to a 77-51 rout of outmanned Niagara on Friday night.

Oliver added a basket early in the second half then he, along with the rest of the starters, sat out much of the rest of the game as the Yellow Jackets improved to 3-1.

Mfon Udofia had 13 points, Iman Shumpert had 12 and Glen Rice added 10 for Tech.

Antoine Mason led the Purple Eagles (0-2) with 20 points and Kashief Edwards added 14 points.

Georgia Tech led 48-24 at the half and went on a 16-3 run at the start of the second half for a 37-point lead at 64-27 on a basket by Mo Miller after 5:49 had elapsed.

Oliver made 6 of 9 shots, including 3 of 6 3-pointers, for his 15 first-half points.

Duke Clobbers Colgate, 110-58

DURHAM, N.C. - Nolan Smith scored 18 points, Kyle Singler added 16 and No. 1 Duke routed Colgate 110-58 on Friday night.

Andre Dawkins had 16 points and freshman Kyrie Irving finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (3-0).

They never trailed, outscored the Raiders 27-9 during a 9½-minute span, held them to one field goal in 6½ minutes of the first half and extended their decade-long nonconference winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 80.

Yaw Gyawu scored nine points to lead Colgate (0-3), which was held to 31 percent shooting and turned it over 26 times.

Mike Krzyzewski earned victory No. 798 with the Blue Devils. They hit the 100-point mark for the first time this season and had little trouble winning their 13th straight game and 22nd in a row at Cameron.

Terps' Comeback Falls Short Against No. 13 Illinois, 80-76

NEW YORK (AP) - Illinois was thinking about last season and the Illini didn't want the same thing to happen to them that might have cost them a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The Illini rebounded from an overtime semifinal loss to Texas with an 80-76 victory over Maryland in the third-place game Friday in the 2K Sports Classic.

Unlike last year when the Illini allowed one loss in an early season tournament turn into two, they were more patient on offense and more effective from long range.

"A year ago we were in this situation, losing a disappointing game in Vegas, and don't respond well the next night," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "We had a very, very short turnaround. We didn't get back to the hotel until 1 last night. ... It was a mental toughness thing. They responded."

Demetri McCamey, D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey all hit three 3-pointers and the Illini, who came into the game shooting 34.5 percent from 3-point range, finished 10 for 19 (52.6 percent) from behind the arc.

Minnesota Slips Past No. 8 Tar Heels

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points, Ralph Sampson III and Trevor Mbakwe created havoc all over the court and Minnesota beat No. 8 North Carolina 72-67 on Friday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

The Golden Gophers (3-0) mobbed each other in front of the bench and danced around in a circle to celebrate the win - and their trip to Sunday's final against West Virginia.

Beating a top-10 team in the Tar Heels (2-1) and a 2010 Final Four team in the Mountaineers would put the Gophers in a strong position to enter The Associated Press Top 25 and stamp themselves as a serious contender in the Big Ten.

Coach Tubby Smith had called North Carolina just "another game," but it sure looked like more while Hoffarber was silencing the pro-Tar Heels crowd with 3s. When the early upset was over, it looked as if Smith might have his best team yet in four seasons in Minnesota.

Smith also got the better of North Carolina's Roy Williams in a matchup of national championship-winning coaches. Smith won his in 1996 in his first year at Kentucky and Williams has won two since he took over at North Carolina.