Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, December 15

Dec. 15, 2012

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Tar Heels Hold Off Pirates, 93-87

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina spent the first half of Saturday's game against East Carolina knocking down shots to build a big lead. The 21st-ranked Tar Heels spent the second half just holding on.

James Michael McAdoo scored 19 points Saturday to help North Carolina beat East Carolina 93-87, turning in the kind of performance that has too often left coach Roy Williams frustrated or furious this season.

P.J. Hairston added 18 for the Tar Heels (8-2), who emerged from a weeklong break due to fall exams with their third straight victory. North Carolina shot 55 percent in the first half to build a 16-point lead at the break, but the Pirates - coached by former UNC guard Jeff Lebo - outplayed the Tar Heels throughout the second half and made it a tough run to the finish.

Warren, No. 25 NC State beat Norfolk St. 84-62

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - No. 25 North Carolina State's unselfishness led to some big numbers for quite a few players.

The Wolfpack's point guard nearly had a perfect night from the field, the freshman pure scorer had yet another 20-point game and the big man had his best night on the boards.

N.C. State routed Norfolk State 84-62 on Saturday night behind 21 points from freshman T.J. Warren.

Lorenzo Brown scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Richard Howell added 12 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for the Wolfpack (7-2).

The Wolfpack shot 57 percent and broke the game open with a transition-fueled run that bridged the halves, forcing 16 turnovers and turning them into 21 points while winning their third straight and improving to 29-0 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams.

Clemson Takes Command in Second Half and Coasts to 80-57 Victory over Florida A&M

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson put together a 16-2 run coming out of the halftime break and pulled away to an easy 80-57 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers, coming off a week off due to final exams, improved to 6-3 on the season. The loss dropped the Rattlers to 4-7 overall and 0-6 on the road.

Jordan Roper, a freshman guard out of Columbia, SC, led the Tigers in scoring in his first career start. He posted a season-best 16 points, a high in 2012-13 for any Clemson newcomer. Roper buried 5-of-8 field goals overall, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. He also added three steals. Three other players reached double figures for Brad Brownell's team: Adonis Filer (14), Devin Booker (12) and K.J. McDaniels (11). Starting point guard Rod Hall collected a career-high 10 assists, while senior Milton Jennings added a season-best 11 rebounds in just 27 minutes.

Hokies fall to Georgia Southern  |  Highlights

BLACKSBURG - Erick Green tied his career high with 28 points, but the Hokies' cold shooting cost them, as they fell to Georgia Southern 78-73 in the second round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic played Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

Tech fell behind 8-0 from the start and never led. The Hokies shot just 29 percent in the first half and 39.7 percent for the game, and they trailed by as many as 16 points with less than eight minutes left.

Behind guard C.J. Reed, the Eagles went on a 12-0 run that spanned both halves and took a 42-27 lead. His 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the first half started the run, and then he hit a 3-pointer and a layup with 18:10 left to cap the run.