Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, December 7

Rivers Leads No. 7 Duke Past Colorado State 87-64

DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Austin Rivers scored 17 points to help No. 7 Duke beat Colorado State 87-64 on Wednesday night.

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Andre Dawkins added 15 first-half points for the Blue Devils (8-1), who were playing their first game since last week's lopsided loss at Ohio State. Duke had no trouble knocking down shots and finished the game shooting 56 percent, with Dawkins and Mason Plumlee helping the Blue Devils build a 17-point halftime margin.

Dawkins didn't play in the second half after sustaining lower-back spasms late in the first half.

Greg Smith scored 18 points to lead the Rams (5-4), who had stretches of offensive success to keep the game from getting completely out of hand. But Duke ran off 10 straight points to build a double-digit lead in the first half before pushing ahead 47-30 by the break.

The Blue Devils hadn't played since last week's 85-63 loss to the Buckeyes, their most lopsided loss of the past two-plus seasons. Before that game, Duke had sprinted out of the gate with seven games in 13 days, including wins against Michigan and Kansas in the Maui Invitational over Thanksgiving.

Tech Tops Georgia, 68-56

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Tech took control with a dominant start to the second half and beat Georgia 68-56 on Wednesday night for the Yellow Jackets' first win in 35 years on the campus of their state rival.

Jason Morris had 15 points, all in the second half, as Georgia Tech (5-4) beat the Bulldogs after trailing by seven points in the first half. Kammeon Holsey, Brandon Reed and Glen Rice each had 12 points for the Yellow Jackets, who ended their 13-game losing streak in Athens.

First-year coach Brian Gregory led Georgia Tech to its first win at Georgia since Nov. 26, 1976. The rivalry includes 14 straight games played at a neutral site, The Omni in Atlanta, in the 1980s and 1990s.

Georgia held a big lead of seven points at 28-19 late in the first half. Georgia Tech began to recover on two baskets by Glen Rice to trail 29-25 at the break.

The Yellow Jackets dominated the first 9 minutes of the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-4, including 12 unanswered points for a 43-33 lead.

Hot-shooting Hokies down Rams, 78-67

KINGSTON, R.I. - Virginia Tech defeated the University of Rhode Island, 78-67, in basketball action Wednesday night in the Ryan Center on the URI campus. The Hokies improve to 6-3 on the season, while URI falls to 1-8 overall.

Tech shot 54.5 percent from the field for the game, including 65.4 percent in the second half. The Hokies made 11 of their 13 free throw attempts and were good on seven of 16 three-point attempts.

The Hokies fell behind early, 7-0, but took a 28-27 lead into the intermission. Tech fell behind once again the open the second half, but went on a 33-20 run in the middle of the second period, taking a 61-51 lead with 5:33 remaining on a three-pointer by Jarell Eddie. Tech stretched the lead to as many 12 points before claiming the 78-67 victory.

Erick Green, who did not start due to a coach's decision, came off the bench to score 24 points to lead all scorers. Tech had four players in double figures, including 15 points by Eddie and a career-high 12 points by Cadarian Raines. Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 points for the Hokies. Nikola Malesevic scored 23 points to lead the Rams.

Demon Deacons Escape Panthers for 87-83 Road Win

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's basketball team overcame a raucous home crowd and an explosive performance by High Point's Nick Barbour to escape with a 87-83 road win on Wednesday, December 7 at the Millis Center.

Wake combated the hostile environment with a balanced offensive output, which saw four Demon Deacons reach double figures in scoring.

The Deacs were paced by a career-high 20 points by sophomore guard Tony Chennault, who also tied his career-best with six assists. He was matched by junior C.J Harris' 20-points on a crisp 7-for-8 shooting night, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Travis McKie also added 18 points, while redshirt senior Nikita Mescheriakov pitched in with 12 to help the Deacs improve to 6-3 overall and 2-0 on the road.

Both teams were hot from beyond the arc, as Wake hit on a season-high 13 three-pointers on just 22 attempts (59.1 percent) and High Point buried 15.

Maryland Holds Off Mount St. Mary's, 77-74

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Terrell Stoglin scored 23 points, James Padgett had 15 and Maryland held off in-state foe Mount St. Mary's 77-74 Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (5-3) trailed 70-69 with 2:53 remaining, but Stoglin put Maryland up with a jumper, then added another to make it 73-70 with 1:48 left.

After Josh Castellanos sank a layup for the Mountaineers, Stoglin missed a runner in the lane, giving the Mountaineers a chance to take the lead.

Julian Norfleet missed a layup and Danny Thompson was denied a shot before Maryland's Mychal Parker gained control of the ball and was fouled. He made both free throws with 14 seconds left.

Thompson dunked with 2.3 seconds left for the Mountaineers, but Sean Mosley clinched for the Terps by making two foul shots with 1 second remaining.

It was the first of six straight non-league home games for the Terrapins.