Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, December 18

Dec. 18, 2010

Georgia Tech Captures 67-54 Win Over Richmond in Battle At Atlantis

Paradise Island, Bahamas - Iman Shumpert scored a game-high 21 points, and Georgia Tech used a smothering defense and a hot second half to capture a 67-54 win over Richmond Saturday in the Battle At Atlantis.

Shumpert carried Tech on his back for the first 20 minutes, scoring 18 of his points on six field goals and four free throws as the Yellow Jackets carried a 25-24 lead into the break. The Spiders, who came into the game hitting 51.2 percent of their shots, seventh-best in the nation, made just 33.3 percent in the first half and 39.2 percent for the game.

"I thought today was the first time we played like a Georgia Tech team," said head coach Paul Hewitt. "We played with a level of toughness, especially on the defensive end because Richmond is a very good team. They came into this game as one of the top shooting teams in the nation, and we held them to 39 percent. These guys should be proud of their effort."

Hokies overpower Mississippi State, 88-57

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Virginia Tech jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Mississippi State, 88-57, in the second game of the Battle at Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas on Saturday night.

MSU scored the game’s first two points for its only lead of the contest. Tech’s lead swelled to as many as 33 points in the second half. The Bulldogs cut Tech’s lead to 49-34 with 18:35 remaining in the game, but Tech pushed the lead back out to 20 points with 13:55 remaining on a lay-up by Jeff Allen and Tech’s lead never again fell below 20 points.

Florida State Downs LMU, 74-63

LOS ANGELES - Florida State traveled to Los Angeles to face LMU for the first time in program history and came away with a 74-63 victory in front of 3,193 at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night.

Chris Singleton led the Seminoles (9-2) with 15 points while Deividas Dulkys added11 points and seven rebounds. Drew Viney led all scorers with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Lions (6-6). Larry Davis added 13.

Second-Half Rally Lifts Unbeaten UCF Past Miami

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Unbeaten Central Florida gave up 17 consecutive points in the first half before Keith Clanton led a rally that helped the Knights beat Miami, 84-78, on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

The Knights trailed 43-31 late in the first half, their largest deficit this season. Clanton scored all but one of his 14 points after halftime, and Marcus Jordan scored 23 before leaving the game due to injury with 84 seconds left.

Tar Heels Fall To Longhonrs In Closing Moments, 78-76

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Freshman Cory Joseph hit a turnaround jumper over Dexter Strickland with 1.4 seconds left to help No. 22 Texas beat North Carolina 78-76 on Saturday.

Joseph had a season-high 21 points for the Longhorns (9-2), while Jordan Hamilton had a team-high 24 points as Texas trailed for most of the second half before rallying in the final 3 minutes to edge out the Tar Heels (7-4) playing in front of an instate crowd.

Strickland matched his career-high with 18 points for North Carolina. Freshman Harrison Barnes added 16 points, including the tying 3 with 12.7 seconds left that set up Joseph's winner.

Wake Forest Falls to Xavier, 83-75

CINCINNATI (AP) - Point guard Terrell "Tu" Holloway had a triple-double and center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 22 points on Saturday night, leading Xavier to an 83-75 victory over Wake Forest as part of the Skip Prosser Classic.

Wake Forest (6-5) hosted the initial game of the series honoring the coach, winning in double overtime last season. For the rematch, the Demon Deacons tried to end the nation's second-longest home-court winning streak.