Men's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, November 23

Nov. 23, 2010

Coach K Chalks Up 800th Duke Win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Freshman guard Kyrie Irving and senior guard Nolan Smith both had 17 points and led No. 1 Duke's outstanding defensive effort on Kansas State's Jacob Pullen as the Blue Devils beat the fourth-ranked Wildcats 82-68 on Tuesday night to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

Duke (5-0) made sure the sellout crowd of 18,696 at the Sprint Center, most wearing something purple, was never a factor, taking the lead for good 7½ minutes into the game and then going on to lead by 17 points midway through the second half on the way to their 15th straight win.

The win was No. 800 at Duke for Mike Krzyzewski, making him the fifth coach to reach that figure at one school. His overall win total is 873, three behind Adolph Rupp for third place on the career list.

And it was another November win for Duke. The Blue Devils have won 27 straight games in the 11th month of the year and under Krzyzewski they are 107-10 in November.

This was the fourth straight year Duke won an inseason tournament and the Blue Devils won the one that comes after the season last April, their fourth national title under Krzyzewski.

Cavaliers Rebound in Maui With 74-56 Win Over Oklahoma

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Senior forward Mike Scott scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Virginia to a 74-56 victory over Oklahoma in a consolation round game at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Tuesday (Nov. 23). The double-double was the second of the season and the 20th of his UVa career for Scott.

The victory ended a two-game slide for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 3-2 on the season. Oklahoma also has a record of 3-2.

With the win Virginia now plays Wichita State on Wednesday (Nov. 24) in a game that will determine fifth place in the tournament. The Shockers defeated Chaminade 79-58 in another consolation round game on Tuesday. It will be the first meeting between UVa and Wichita State (2-1).

The Virginia-Wichita State game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday and will be televised by ESPNU.

Joining Scott in double figures in scoring for the Cavaliers against Oklahoma were senior forward Will Sherrill with 11 points and senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan with 10 points. Sherrill also had five rebounds while sophomore guard Jontel Evans scored five points, had five rebounds, six assists, three steals and no turnovers against the Sooners.

Tar Heels Hold Off UNC Asheville, 80-69

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 23 points to help the 25th-ranked Tar Heels beat UNC Asheville 80-69 on Tuesday night.

Freshman Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels (3-2). But on what appeared to be an easy night, North Carolina couldn't put away the Bulldogs (2-2) and instead found itself protecting a six-point lead with 5 minutes to play.

The Tar Heels held on to improve to 7-0 in the series against the instate program from the Big South Conference.

"If I live through this team, I think we're going to be a heck of a lot better at the end of the year," coach Roy Williams said after a longer-than-usual postgame talk with his team in the locker room. "And there is a big question if I'm going to live through it."

Zeller provided some good news by setting his career high in scoring for the second straight game. The junior 7-footer made his first seven shots and finished 8 for 11 from the field and 7 for 9 from the foul line to go with seven rebounds. He had 20 points in Sunday's loss to Vanderbilt.

Seminoles Race Past Mercer, 79-55

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Xavier Gibson tied his career high with 17 points and Derwin Kitchen added 16 points as Florida State cruised to a 79-55 win over Mercer on Tuesday night.

Chris Singleton had 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Florida State (5-0).

Singleton has had a triple-double and three double-doubles in his last four games.

The Seminoles, who have scored at least 75 points in each game this season, led 19-12 with 10:15 left in the first half and went on a 20-10 run to grab a 39-22 halftime lead.

Florida State was 15 of 30 (50 percent) from the floor in the first half, improving to 13 of 21 (61.9 percent) in the second half.

Brandon Moore scored 14 points for Mercer (1-3), which shot 19 of 76 (25 percent) from the floor.

Wake Forest Swats Away Marist, 81-59

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Ty Walker had a school-record 11 blocks, and Travis McKie posted his second double-double to lead Wake Forest past Marist, 81-59, in the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

With the win, the Demon Deacons even their record at 3-3. The Red Foxes drop to 0-5 on the season with the loss.

With his performance on Tuesday, Walker broke Tim Duncan's 14-year old school record for blocks in a single game. Duncan had 10 blocks against Maryland on Jan. 13, 1996. Walker had five blocks in the first half and then posted six in the second to set the record.

Walker tied Duncan's mark with 5:59 remaining in the second half and broke it a minute later when he batted away Rob Johnson's layup attempt. He came within two of the ACC record, which is held by Boston College's Sean Williams.

McKie finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. He extended his season-opening double-figure scoring streak to six games, getting 12 of his 16 points in the first half. McKie went 10-for-13 from the free throw line.

J.T. Terrell also had 16 points on the night, going 3-for-5 from the field and 7-for-10 from the four line. Terrell added four assists and three steals.

Terps Cruise Past Delaware State, 72-54

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Cliff Tucker scored 15 points, Dino Gregory added 14, and Maryland halted a two-game skid by defeating Delaware State 72-54 Tuesday night.

The victory followed successive defeats against Pittsburgh and Illinois last week at Madison Square Garden. Adrian Bowie scored 11 for the Terrapins (4-2), who finished with a 40-21 rebounding advantage and outscored the Hornets 14-7 at the foul line.

Maryland took the lead for good with just over two minutes elapsed, expanded the margin to 19 at halftime and led by 27 with eight minutes remaining.

Jay Threatt scored 15 for the Hornets (1-1), Desi Washington had 14 and Casey Walker chipped in with 11.

Delaware State trailed by 21 early in the second half before Washington and Walker drilled 3-pointers in a 9-2 spurt that made it 44-30. Maryland's next six points came at the foul line before Sean Mosley hit a runner for a 52-32 lead.

Soon after that, baskets by Jordan Williams and Tucker sparked a 12-2 surge that put the Terrapins up 64-37. Delaware State went more than four minutes without scoring until Threatt hit a jumper with 6:50 remaining to begin a 10-0 run that whittled the deficit down to 19 points.