Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, December 8

 
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Seniors Lead No. 2 Duke to 90-67 Win Over Temple

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Mike Krzyzewski has been doing OK for himself as a college basketball coach.

He has more wins than any other Division I men's coach with 936. He has four national championships and he has led the U.S. national team to two gold medals.

Still, he doesn't take anything for granted, not even when his team is off to a 9-0 start for the 15th time under his direction.

"I couldn't expect to be 9-0," he said Saturday after the second-ranked Blue Devils beat Temple 90-67 at the Izod Center. "I have dealt with unrealistic expectations since 1986. I deal with them every summer with the U.S. team. It's a good place to be. I'd rather have people expect something of you than not expect something good of you.

No. 20 UNC Routs ETSU 78-55

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Leslie McDonald scored 14 points and No. 20 North Carolina held East Tennessee State to 12 points in the first half of a 78-55 rout Saturday night.

Freshman Brice Johnson added 12 points for the Tar Heels (7-2). They shot 42.9 percent and used a 34-2 run to put the overmatched Buccaneers out of this one early, needing only about 15 minutes to go up by 30.

Rashawn Rembert scored a career-high 18 points and Lester Wilson added 13 points on 5-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds for ETSU (2-5). Its halftime point total was the fewest for a half in the nearly 27-year-old Smith Center.

Reggie Bullock added 10 points for the Tar Heels, who won their second straight since an ugly loss at No. 1 Indiana.

No. 25 Pack Men Top Cleveland State 80-63 at Reynolds Coliseum

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 25 NC State beat Cleveland State 80-63 on Saturday in its annual return to Reynolds Coliseum.

C.J. Leslie scored a team-high 19 for the Wolfpack (6-2), who shot 55 percent and led by double figures most of the afternoon. Freshman T.J. Warren added 16 points, part of a balanced offensive showing for N.C. State.

"I thought we handled the two defenses they gave us very well," said second-year head coach Mark Gottfried. "I thought we passed the ball very well, played very unselfishly, especially when they tried to play some box-and-one, triangle-and-two.

"We found some gaps and holes in their defense. This is a good win."

Maryland Downs South Carolina State, 61-46

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alex Len had 13 points to lead a balanced scoring attack by Maryland in a 61-46 win over South Carolina State on Saturday.

Maryland (8-1) won its eighth straight game since a season-opening loss to defending national champion Kentucky. The last time the Terrapins won eight games in a row was the 2006-2007 season, when they opened with eight straight wins.

Though Len was the only Maryland player scoring in double figures, plenty of his teammates contributed in their second straight win over a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team. It was also the second straight game that all 14 Terrapins played, with 10 scoring.

Shaquille Cleare added eight points and eight rebounds for the Terrapins, Dez Wells chipped in eight points and Seth Allen had five assists.

Virginia Overpowers MVSU, 67-39

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Akil Mitchell tied his career-high with 20 points and Virginia won its seventh-straight game, defeating Mississippi Valley State 67-39 on Saturday.

Justin Anderson had 15 points and Darion Atkins added 14 points for the Cavaliers (8-2), who improved to 7-1 at home.

Davon Usher led winless Mississippi Valley State (0-5) with 14 points.

Virginia, which entered the game ranked third nationally in scoring defense, was in full control from the opening tip. The Cavaliers raced out to a 12-2 lead, holding the Delta Devils without a field goal for nearly the first six minutes.

Carter's Career Night Carries Georgia Tech Past UNC-Wilmington

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech freshman Robert Carter Jr. scored a career-high 19 points, and the Yellow Jackets used a late 9-0 run to rally past UNC Wilmington on the way to a 73-66 nonconference win Saturday night.

Daniel Miller scored 12 points for Georgia Tech (6-2), and freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt battled foul trouble on the way to 10 points.

UNC Wilmington's Chris Dixon scored a game-high 20 points, and Tanner Milson added 16 as they combined to make seven 3-pointers for the Seahawks (4-5).

Nate Anderson drained a trey with 5:20 left in the game to give UNC Wilmington a 62-57 edge, but Georges-Hunt re-entered the game soon thereafter with four fouls and Georgia Tech scored the next nine points and never trailed again.

Men's Basketball Beats St. Francis Brooklyn, 72-64

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Patrick Heckmann scored a team-high 18 points to go with five assists as Boston College defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 72-64, in Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon.

Boston College used a 20-4 run over a 6:25 span midway through the second half en route to the victory.

Sophomore Lonnie Jackson and freshman Olivier Hanlan each netted 13 points while freshman Joe Rahon recorded 12 points and five assists with no turnovers. Graduate student Andrew Van Nest led BC with a career-high eight rebounds.

The Eagles opened the game with a 15-9 lead using a 10-0 run to gain the advantage. During that stretch, both Hanlan and Heckmann connected on 3-pointers. BC continued to build its lead, claiming a 19-11 edge just over 10 minutes in with a dunk in transition from sophomore Ryan Anderson, capping a 14-2 run.

Hokies fall in waning moments at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Virginia Tech guard Erick Green scored 23 points, but couldn't connect on a jumper at the buzzer, as the Hokies fell to West Virginia 68-67 in a nonconference game played at WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The loss marked Tech's first of the season, dropping the Hokies to 7-1 overall. West Virginia moved to 4-3 overall and snapped a two-game game losing streak to the Hokies, as the two programs separated by four hours of roads and mountains resumed their longtime rivalry after an eight-year hiatus.

The Hokies were in position to win the game after forward Robert Brown banked in a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to give Tech a 67-66 lead. But West Virginia's Juwan Staten took advantage of some confusion on Tech's part, scoring on an open layup with five seconds remaining to give the Mountaineers a 68-67 lead. It was Staten's only basket of the game.

Seton Hall Rallies to Defeat Wake Forest 71-67

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Seton Hall overcame a 14-point second half deficit and retook the lead in the final minute to defeat Wake Forest 71-67 on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.

The Demon Deacons (4-5) had held as much as a 43-29 lead early in the second half but the Pirates (7-2) rallied to take the lead 65-63 with 2:18 remaining. C.J. Harris drilled a three-pointer with 55 seconds on the clock to put Wake Forest back in front 67-65. But a key turnover by the Deacons in the final minute allowed the Pirates to retake the lead for good.

The loss overshadowed a career night for senior C.J. Harris who poured in a career-high 28 points, including seven 3-pointers. The seven threes were the tied for the sixth-most for a Demon Deacon in a single game and were the most since J.T. Terrell hit seven three-pointers against Iowa in November of 2010.

Travis McKie also hit double figures with 16 points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds and recording a career-high four steals. Codi Miller-McIntyre dished out five assists, which equaled his career-high mark.

Clemson Falters Late in Upset Bid, Falls to No. 8 Arizona 66-54

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson went toe-to-toe with No. 8 Arizona in Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday, but saw a six-point second half lead slip away as the Wildcats were strong down the stretch in a 66-54 victory. The Tigers, playing a non-conference ranked team for the first time since 2000, were up 44-38 with 11:28 to play. Arizona ended the game by outscoring Clemson 28-10 from that point of the game.

The Tigers shot 38.5 percent from the field, but made 5-of-12 from long distance. Clemson struggled at the free throw stripe, converting just 9-of-17 attempts. Arizona outrebounded Clemson by 10 in the second half, and was +11 for the game (44-33). The Wildcats struggled to shoot the ball, hitting just 22-of-62 (.355) overall and 5-of-16 (.313) from three. Arizona, however, was outstanding at the free throw line with a 17-for-20 (.850) clip.

Clemson had three players in double figures, led by Milton Jennings with 15. The 6-foot-9 senior returned from a two-game suspension to make 5-of-7 shots, including 3-of-4 from deep. K.J. McDaniels added 13 points, while Adonis Filer chipped in with 10. McDaniels had four of Clemson's 12 blocked shots, while senior Devin Booker led the way with a career-high five swats. The 12 blocks were a program-high under third-year Head Coach Brad Brownell.