Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, December 17

Dec. 17, 2011

Canes Win Double-Overtime Thriller, 93-90, at Orange Bowl Classic

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Center Reggie Johnson made his season debut to give the Miami Hurricanes a lift, and they overcame the heroics of freshman Omari Grier to beat Florida Atlantic in double overtime on Saturday 93-90.

Johnson, back after undergoing right knee surgery in June, came off the bench and had 15 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and five assists.

Grier, making his first start, scored a season-high 27 points. He sank a 3-pointer for the final points in regulation, and another 3 to force the second overtime.

Miami (6-4) shot 62 percent, including 14 for 20 from 3-point range. Florida Atlantic (4-7) went 15 for 29 on 3-pointers.

The Hurricanes' Kenny Kadji scored 21 points and was chosen as the game's most valuable player in the Orange Bowl Classic game. He went 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Second-Half Run Lifts Virginia Tech Past Campbell

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech opened the second half with a 15-0 run to break open a close game and roll past Campbell 85-60 in a non-conference game played Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

With the win, Tech moved to 8-3 overall on the season and won its third straight game. Campbell fell to 8-3.

The Hokies led just 32-29 at halftime after shooting only 37 percent from the floor. But Tech opened the second half by hitting six of its first seven shots, as Jarell Eddie heated up following a scoreless first half. Eddie scored seven of Tech's 15 points in that run, and his basket with 15:19 left in the game capped the run, giving the Hokies a 47-29 lead.

"We came out [the second half] and really wanted to put those guys away," Eddie said. "We defended a lot better. That helped us offensively. We were able to get out and run.

"Things just came to me more in the second half. I was just making plays, making basketball plays. I was able to finish."

Clemson Downs Winthrop, 60-40, on Saturday

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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson Tigers rode an efficient offensive effort from its senior leaders and a stifling second half defensive performance to a 60-40 victory over the Winthrop Eagles at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday night. The victory pushes the Tigers above the .500 mark for the season at 5-4, while the Eagles fell to 4-7.

"This was a good win for us," Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell said. "Winthrop can be a dangerous team. Their guards can really score. I thought we did an unbelievable job defensively. To win a low-possession game by 20, that was pretty good play."

Tanner Smith and Andre Young paced the Tigers in scoring, pouring in more than half of the team's point total. Smith tied a career-high with 17 points on only nine field goal attempts, converting on two of his three shots from three-point range. He also added five rebounds and five assists in the game. Young added 15 points on eight shot attempts and dished out four assists in the game.

Zeller's 31 Leads No. 5 North Carolina Past Appalachian State, 97-82

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Zeller was nearly at his best. Not all of his North Carolina teammates could say the same thing - even if they were good enough to beat Appalachian State again.

Zeller flirted with a career scoring high, finishing with 31 points and 10 rebounds and leading the fifth-ranked Tar Heels past the Mountaineers 97-82 on Saturday night.

John Henson added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-2), whose third straight win and 22nd in a row at the Dean Smith Center wasn't as lopsided as it could have been.

They shot 54.5 percent, never trailed and led by 29 before allowing Appalachian State to cut deeply into that big lead.

"We were really good for about the last four minutes of the first half and the first 4-5 minutes of the second half," coach Roy Williams said. "And then we went brain dead there for a while."

Top-Ranked Orange Pulls Away From Pack

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Both halves in Saturday night's matchup between NC State and top-ranked Syracuse followed the same script: The Wolfpack began with a blitz and the Orange finished with a high-scoring flurry.

In the end, Syracuse remained unbeaten with a hard-fought road win, taking an 88-72 victory at the sold-out RBC Center.

The Orange (11-0) did it differently than in its first 10 games, thanks to the outside shooting of Dion Waiters, James Southerland and Kris Joseph, who each hit three 3-pointers.

But the Wolfpack (6-4) showed at times it is capable of playing with the nation's top team, thanks to the leadership of senior swingman C.J. Williams and his running teammates.