#B1GACC Challenge ACCtion: Tuesday, November 29

Nov. 29, 2011

Cavaliers Down No. 14 Michigan 70-58 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior forward Mike Scott scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, and sophomore guard Joe Harris had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Virginia to a 70-58 victory over No. 14 Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Tuesday night (Nov. 29) at John Paul Jones Arena.

The victory was the fourth in a row for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 6-1 on the season. The loss drops Michigan's record to 5-2.

It's Virginia's highest ranked win since an 85-81 overtime victory over No. 12 Clemson at John Paul Jones Arena on Feb. 12, 2009. The Cavaliers have now held all seven of their opponents this season under 60 points.

Senior guard Zack Novak led Michigan with 12 points, freshman guard Trey Burke scored 11 points and sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz added 10 points for the Wolverines.

Freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and five rebounds for UVa, and senior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored 11 points and had six assists for the Cavaliers.

UVa trailed the Wolverines 41-38 with 12:10 left to play, but the Cavaliers took control of the game by scoring 15 unanswered points to build a 53-41 lead with 6:44 remaining in the game. Brogdon scored six points on two three-point field goals and Scott also had six points in the Virginia run.

Clemson Topples Iowa on the Road in Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 71-55

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Clemson used a 21-6 first-half run en route to a convincing 71-55 victory on the road over Iowa on Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Tigers moved to 4-2 with the win, while the Hawkeyes fell to 4-3. It was Clemson's fourth straight road win in Big Ten/ACC Challenge play and ninth overall in the event in 13 tries. Iowa fell to 2-9 overall in challenge games.

"It was a great team win tonight," said Brad Brownell, Clemson's second-year head coach. "We had a lot of guys play well for us tonight. I thought our two seniors, Andre (Young) and Tanner (Smith), were outstanding and they showed that they weren't going to be intimidated with a road environment. Then, off the bench, we had a number of guys play well."

Young led the Tigers with 19 points and hit 5-of-6 from three-point range. He added four assists and two steals. T.J. Sapp scored 13 off the bench and hit 3-of-6 from deep for his season-high point total. Devin Booker posted nine points and 12 rebounds. Tanner Smith had an outstanding all-around game with seven points, eight assists and 14 rebounds to match a career-best.

The Tigers shot 51.9 percent for the game and made 11-of-21 from three-point distance, a 52.4 percent mark. On the contrary, the Hawkeyes were held to a season-low 55 points and made just 16-of-56 shots for a 28.6 percent clip. Iowa, shooting 39 percent from long range coming into the game, made just 3-of-11. Clemson outrebounded the Hawkeyes 42-27 on the glass and had 20 assists on 28 made baskets.

Jackets' Offense Struggles in 76-60 Loss to Northwestern

ATLANTA (AP) - John Shurna, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had 25 points to lead Northwestern past Georgia Tech 76-60 on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Shurna, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, made three 3-pointers and had a team-high eight rebounds as Northwestern (6-0) remained unbeaten. Drew Crawford had 14 points and Luka Mirkovic had 13.

Jason Morris led Georgia Tech (4-3) with a career-high 21 points. Mfon Udofia had 12.

Georgia Tech already knew about Shurna's scoring exploits. Shurna had 21 points as Northwestern beat Georgia Tech 91-71 in last year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Evanston, Ill.

Shurna had 15 points in the first half Tuesday. The Wildcats led by 13 points at 27-14 midway through the half.

Each team played in the recent Charleston Classic. Northwestern won the tournament, beating LSU, Tulsa and Seton Hall. Georgia Tech lost to Saint Joseph's and LSU and beat VCU.

Terps Knocked Off By Illinois, 71-62

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Sam Maniscalco scored 24 points, Brandon Paul had 17, and undefeated Illinois pulled away to a 71-62 victory over Maryland on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Fighting Illini (7-0) trailed at halftime and led by only one point with 8 minutes left before Maniscalco knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in a 10-2 run that proved too difficult for the feisty Terrapins to overcome.

Terrell Stoglin scored a game-high 25 for Maryland (3-3) and James Padgett had a career-high 16. The Terrapins had won six straight in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and were riding a 13-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.

But Maryland, playing its first season under coach Mark Turgeon, gave the Illini all they could handle before fading down the stretch.

Miami Falls in Big Ten/ACC Challenge Contest at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Robbie Hummel had 17 points and five rebounds to help Purdue defeat Miami 76-65 on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Lewis Jackson scored 15 points and Terone Johnson added 13 for the Boilermakers, who won their Challenge matchup for the third straight year and claimed their 22nd straight home victory.

Purdue (7-1) shot 55 percent while holding Miami to 39 percent.

Malcolm Grant and Shane Larkin each scored 16 points for Miami (4-2). Larkin had averaged just 5.3 points this season before the outburst.

The Hurricanes have dropped their first two road games. They lost 64-61 at Mississippi on Friday night.

No. 3 Duke Falls To No. 2 Ohio State 85-63

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and three teammates were close behind as No. 2 Ohio State roared out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in beating third-ranked Duke 85-63 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Buckeyes (7-0) never trailed, weathering a Duke rally later in the first half and then leading by 20 for most of the second half.

Austin Rivers had 22 points and Mason Plumlee 16 for the Blue Devils (7-1), coming off wins over ranked opponents Michigan and Kansas in their previous two games.

William Buford scored 20, Deshaun Thomas 18 and Aaron Craft 17 for the Buckeyes, who gave the Big Ten a 4-2 edge in the conference matchups.