Men's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 25

Tar Heels Down South Carolina, 87-62

LAS VEGAS - North Carolina's Kendall Marshall keeps contributing in other ways.

Marshall scored just four points, but had 14 assists and six steals with, with only one turnover to help top-ranked North Carolina beat South Carolina 87-62 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational Friday night.

Marshall is averaging 11 assists per game and came in with two 15-assist games already this season.

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Harrison Barnes had 21 points and five rebounds, and P.J. Hairston had 19 to lead North Carolina (5-0), who will face will face UNLV (6-0) in the championship game Saturday night.

John Henson had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Tyler Zeller added 12 points and five rebounds for the Tar Heels, who outscored the Gamecocks in fast-break points, 16-0.

Hokies down Oklahoma State, 59-57

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Virginia Tech held off a strong Oklahoma State rally and defeated the Cowboys, 59-57, to claim third place in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on Friday afternoon. With the victory, the Hokies improve to 4-1 on the season, while OSU falls to 3-2.

Tech fell behind 8-0 before the first media timeout, but ran out to a 30-19 lead with 2:31 remaining in the first half on a lay-up and free throw by C.J. Barksdale. The Hokies took a 32-23 lead into intermission.

In the second half, Tech held a 53-44 lead with 5:27 remaining, but OSU made a run in the final minutes to close the lead to a single possession. Jarell Eddie and Dorenzo Hudson each made two free throws in the final 17 seconds to help secure the win for Tech.

Erick Green led the Hokies with 18 points and Dorian Finney-Smith recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Cadarian Raines grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in just 12 minutes of action. Markel Brown led all scorers with 19 points for the Cowboys.

Tech shot just 25 percent from the floor in the second half, but out rebounded OSU, 45-37, including a 21-14 advantage on the offensive boards. Tech's bench outscored OSU's reserves, 18-7.

Men's Basketball Beats UC Riverside In Overtime, 66-62

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Freshman Patrick Heckmann scored 32 points to lead Boston College to a 66-62 overtime win against UC Riverside Friday afternoon in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Heckmann went 9-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. His 32-point performance was tied for the second most in 76 Classic history. Arizona State's James Harden holds the record with 40 and also had a 32-point game in 2008.

Heckmann's point total is also tied for the eighth-most all-time in the ACC by a freshman.

Twenty-one of Heckmann's points came in the second half and overtime. He also added five rebounds. Junior Matt Humphrey scored nine of his 11 points after the first half. Freshman Dennis Clifford had eight points and four rebounds off the bench.

The Eagles were 22-for-25 from the foul line in the game.

Jennings' Career Night Lifts Clemson Over Furman, 59-49

CLEMSON, S.C. - Milton Jennings is going to do everything he can to help the Clemson Tigers win basketball games. The junior from Charleston, S.C., definitely did that Friday night, as he scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in leading Clemson (3-2) to a 59-49 victory over Furman (3-2) in front of at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Jennings went, indeed. Fourteen of his 22 points came in the opening 20 minutes as he helped Clemson rally from a 9-0 deficit the start the game. By the end of the half, the Tigers tied the game at 24-24 as they scored eight of the half's final nine points. Jennings finished the first half 4-6 from the field and 4-5 from the foul line, while also grabbing six rebounds.

Jennings' confidence got the Tigers' going in the second half. With the game tied at 28-28, Clemson used a 9-0 run to grab control of the game for the first time. Young contributed to with a couple of three-pointers and then a leaner in the lane by Smith to make the score 37-28.

After getting little production from Smith and Booker in the first half, the two finished the night with eight points apiece to go along with four rebounds by Booker and three from Smith.

Booker spent most of the first half in foul trouble after picking up two early fouls. About that same time is when Jennings decided it was time for him to step up. In addition to his 22 points and 14 rebounds, he also finished the night with only one turnover, while producing two steals.

Terps Outlast FGCU, 73-67

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Terrell Stoglin scored 24 points, James Padgett fueled a decisive second-half run, and Maryland squeezed out a 73-67 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night.

Back home after losing two of three in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the Terrapins (3-2) overcame a slow start to hand the Eagles (2-4) their third straight loss.

Florida Gulf Coast trailed 36-30 shortly after halftime before Padgett scored five successive points in a 16-6 spree that made it 52-36 with 13 minutes left. Stoglin had two free throws and a 3-pointer during the surge, and Berend Weijs capped it with a tip-in and jumper in the lane.

After Florida Gulf Coast closed to 62-55, Padgett hit a short jumper and Nick Faust scored off his own steal to push the lead back to double-digits. The Eagles cut the gap to 70-66 with 47.6 seconds left but could not complete the comeback, even though Stoglin went 2 for 8 from the foul line in the final 75 seconds.

Florida Gulf Coast went 2 for 19 from 3-point range and was 13 for 23 at the foul line.

Brett Comer scored 16 points for Florida Gulf Coast, playing in its fifth season as a Division I school. The Eagles, an Atlantic Sun Conference team, previously lost by one point at TCU and Southern Methodist and were coming off a 10-point defeat at Miami.

Padgett scored 11 points to help the Terrapins notch their 13th straight nonconference win at home.

Brown Leads Pack To 82-67 Win Over Elon

RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore Lorenzo Brown scored a career-high 21 points on Friday night to lead NC State's men's basketball team to an 82-67 victory over Elon at Reynolds Coliseum.

In the first of three games this season at the Wolfpack's previous home for men's basketball, State grabbed the lead with a 20-2 scoring burst in the opening minutes of the game and never took its foot off the gas pedal, to the delight of the 7,315 spectators in attendance.

Not only did Brown perform well while running the offense with his game-high six assists, the Wolfpack (5-1 overall) had three other players with double-figure points to continue its streak of at least three players with 10 or more points in every game this season.

Junior Scott Wood, after missing one game and being hobbled in another with an ankle injury suffered against Princeton, came back strong for the second straight outing, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 15 points on the night. Wood had 16 in the Wolfpack's come-from-behind victory against Texas earlier in the week at the Legends Classic consolation finals at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Sophomore C.J. Leslie scored 13 points and had eight rebounds on the night, while senior C.J. Williams had 10 points. Junior DeShawn Painter had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Wolfpack.

UVa Cruises to Thanksgiving Weekend Victory Over Green Bay, 68-42

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Senior forward Mike Scott scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard KT Harrell added 14 points to lead Virginia to a 68-42 victory over Green Bay Friday night (Nov. 25) at John Paul Jones Arena.

The victory was the third in a row for the Cavaliers who are now 5-1 on the season. The loss dropped Green Bay's record to 2-4.

Scott's double-double was his second of the season and the 26th of his career. He is tied for fourth on Virginia's career list for double-doubles.

After senior guard Steve Baker hit a three-pointer for Green Bay for the first basket of the game, the Cavaliers scored 14 consecutive points to lead 14-3 with 13:51 left in the first half. Scott had five points for Virginia in that run.

UVa led by as many as 20 points in the first half, the last time with 8:12 remaining before halftime. Green Bay rallied to cut the deficit to 33-23 at halftime.

The Cavaliers scored the first 10 points of the second half and Green Bay never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Senior center Assane Sene had six points in that Virginia run and Scott scored four points.

UVa led by as many as 28 points in the second half.

Grant Scores 21 in Canes' 64-61 OT Loss at Ole Miss

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Dundrecous Nelson scored 17 points, while Murphy Holloway added 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds Friday night as Mississippi defeated Miami 64-61 in overtime.

The Rebels (5-1) took the lead for good, 60-58, on a dunk by Holloway with 3:06 left in overtime and survived potential game-winning and game-tying shots by Malcolm Grant at the end of regulation and in overtime.

Jarvis Summers had 13 points and Terrance Henry added 12 for Ole Miss. The Rebels played without starting forward Reginald Buckner, who sat out due to a knee injury suffered in practice Thursday. He is expected to return in December.

Ole Miss raced to a 17-0 lead in the opening 8 minutes and led 46-41 with 8 minutes left in regulation before Miami rallied to force overtime.

Grant led the Hurricanes (4-1) with 22 points, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range. Grant's final 3-point shot pulled Miami within 62-61 with 21 seconds remaining in overtime.

No. 20 FSU Upset By Harvard

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - The No. 20/22 Florida State men's basketball team missed its first 15 shots and never recovered Friday evening in a 46-41 loss to a talented Harvard team in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

FSU's poor start from the field was a common theme in the opening 20 minutes that didn't get much better in the second half as the Seminoles and Crimson went into the halftime break tied at just 14-14.

In what was their first loss of the season, the Seminoles (5-1) shot 36.2 percent from the field -- a mark that typically would have still been OK for a team that plays such strong defense on a daily basis. The Crimson (5-0) shot even worse at 27.3 percent but went to the free-throw line 24 times and made 17.

In striking contrast, the 'Noles got to the line just 10 times and only made four of those freebie shots.

Junior guard Michael Snaer led Florida State in scoring for the second game in a row with 10 points. Luke Loucks had eight points and four assists and Xavier Gibson posted six points to go along with his six rebounds and four steals.

Bernard James and Deividas Dulkys scored five points apiece with James also tacking on six rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

Arizona State's Fast Start Dooms Wake Forest in 84-56 Loss to Sun Devils

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Arizona State raced out to a fast start and never looked back, sending Wake Forest to an 84-56 loss in the consolation bracket of the Old Spice Classic on Friday evening at the HP Field House.

The Sun Devils (2-3) jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the game's first four minutes and eventually built their advantage to as many as 21 in the first half to take control of the game early.

The Demon Deacons (3-2) struggled out of the gate, missing nine of their first 12 field goal attempts. Wake Forest went just 7-for-25 (28 percent) from the field in the first half. Arizona State, on the other hand, seemingly could not miss as the Sun Devils went 16-for-27 (59.3 percent) in the first half.

For the game, Wake shot 34.6 percent (18-for-52) while ASU finished at 59.3 percent (32-for-54) after matching its first-half performance in the second.

C.J. Harris led the Deacons with 17 points and five rebounds. Tony Chennault followed with nine points, while Carson Desrosiers and Travis McKie chipped in eight points apiece.