Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, December 8

Dec. 8, 2010

Tar Heels Pull Away From Purple Aces, 76-49

Tyler Zeller scored 18 points in his return to Indiana, and Justin Knox had 13 points to lead North Carolina past Evansville 76-49 on Wednesday night.

It was the first time the Tar Heels (6-3) played at 54-year-old Roberts Stadium, which will close at the end of this season. They came for one reason: To give Zeller an opportunity to play in front of his family and friends from Washington, Ind., about 60 miles away.

The Purple Aces (3-4) couldn't keep up with the bigger, quicker Tar Heels. Colt Ryan had nine points for Evansville, which was 3 of 20 from 3-point range and lost for the fourth time in five games.

North Carolina took control with an early 10-0 run, extended the lead to 46-27 at the half and never let Evansville get closer than 17 over the final 20 minutes.

Eagles Hold Off Friars for Fourth Straight

Reggie Jackson scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists to lead Boston College to its a fourth straight win, 88-86 over Providence on Wednesday night.

Josh Southern had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (7-2). Joe Trapani had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Biko Paris had 12 points.

BC, which never trailed and was tied just once early in the game, held a 42-31 halftime lead. The Eagles saw a 15-point second half lead whittled to two with 90 seconds to play and again in the final minute.

Maryland Cruises Past UNCG, 99-56

Jordan Williams had 23 points and 13 rebounds, freshman guard Terrell Stoglin scored 18 and Maryland beat winless UNC Greensboro 99-56 Wednesday night for its 15th consecutive home victory.

Adrian Bowie scored 16 and Cliff Tucker added 13 for the Terrapins (7-3), who begin Atlantic Coast Conference play Sunday against visiting Boston College. Maryland's home winning streak includes eight ACC games last season and six non-league games this year.

It was the eighth double-double for Williams and his fourth straight. It was also the fourth game in which he scored more than 20; he finished three points short of his career high.

Williams had 14 points, Tucker had 10 and Maryland went 17 for 31 from the field in taking a 49-31 halftime lead.

Maryland led 10-6 before Tucker hit a 3-pointer to ignite an 8-0 spurt that built the margin to 12 points. Williams made his first four shots from the floor and had five rebounds - one more than the Spartans - with 7½ minutes elapsed.

Dawkins Shoots No. 1 Duke Past Bradley, 83-48

Sophomore guard Andre Dawkins scored a career-high 28 points in his first start to help top-ranked Duke beat Bradley 83-48 on Wednesday night, moving coach Mike Krzyzewski into sole possession of third place on the all-time wins list.

The sophomore hit eight 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (9-0) in place of star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving, who is out indefinitely with a toe injury on his right foot. Kyle Singler added 17 points as Duke shook off a cold-shooting first half and blew the game open with a flurry of 3s after halftime.

It was Krzyzewski's 877th victory, moving him out of a tie with Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and putting him just two behind North Carolina's Dean Smith for second place behind Bobby Knight's 902 wins. The Hall of Famer could tie his former longtime rival at home against Elon on Dec. 20, then pass Smith when the Blue Devils face UNC Greensboro on Dec. 29 in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Walt Lemon Jr. scored 14 points for the Braves (4-5), who have lost five straight.

Duke has won 19 straight games overall dating to last season's run to both the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title and Krzyzewski's fourth NCAA championship.