Men's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, December 29

No. 5 North Carolina Rolls Past Elon 100-62

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help fifth-ranked North Carolina beat Elon 100-62 on Thursday night.

Harrison Barnes added 18 points for the Tar Heels (12-2), who blew the game open with a dominating 23-0 run midway through the first half. North Carolina led 53-19 by halftime then pushed the margin to as many as 50 points after the break.

North Carolina won its 25th straight game in the Smith Center to tie the record for its longest winning streak in the nearly 26-year-old campus arena. That home winning streak is tied for third-longest in program history.

Sebastian Koch scored 17 points for the Phoenix (7-5), who lost their third straight game and remained winless against ranked opponents since entering Division I competition a dozen years ago. Elon shot just 33 percent, including 7 for 28 from 3-point range.

Brown, Pack Hold Off Scrappy Camels, 87-81

RALEIGH, N.C. – After more than 32 minutes of a hard-fought stalemate, NC State pulled away from Campbell, 87-81, on Thursday night at sold-out Reynolds Coliseum, in a game that featured three second-half technicals and more ties than a menswear outlet.

The Wolfpack (9-4) took charge, thanks to its defense and transition play of guards Lorenzo Brown and Alex Johnson, who got their team moving and slowly sapped the energy from the Camels. State was also near perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 28 of 31 attempts in the game.

Sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown put up gaudy numbers in the fast-paced contest, scoring a career-high 24 points, doling out eight assists and grabbing eight rebounds. Brown set his previous high of 21 points against Elon, in a game that was also played at Reynolds Coliseum, the long-time home of the men’s program before it moved to the RBC Center in 1999.

Junior Richard Howell had his second consecutive double-double (his third of the season) with 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. That clipped Howell’s previous high of 15, posted in the Pack’s season-opening victory over UNC Asheville.

Wake Forest Withstands Late Yale Rally for 72-71 Win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Harris scored 23 points and Wake Forest held off pesky Yale's second-half rally to win 72-71 on Thursday night.

Travis McKie added 14 points, Nikita Mescheriakov 13 and Tony Chennault 10 for the Demon Deacons (9-4), who never trailed in the game but saw the Bulldogs make things interesting in the final minutes.

Wake Forest led by as many as 19 points midway through the final half, only to see Yale pull within 68-66 on Austin Morgan's 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining.

But Chennault hit a layup 12 seconds later, followed by Harris' two free throws, to give the Demon Deacons some breathing room.

Men's Basketball Falls Short of Harvard, 67-46

BOSTON (AP) - Reserve Laurent Rivard scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting to lead No. 24 Harvard to a 67-46 win over Boston College on Thursday night.

Corbin Miller scored 12 points, Brandyn Curry 11 and Christian Webster 10 for the Crimson (11-1). It was the fourth straight season that Harvard has beaten Boston College on the Eagles' home court.

Dennis Clifford led Boston College (5-8) with 14 points and Patrick Heckmann scored 13. The loss snapped the Eagles' three-game winning streak.

The Crimson led by seven at the half and scored the first two baskets after intermission, opening a 44-33 edge on Kyle Casey's layup 1:11 into the period. Both teams then went cold from the outside and combined for just eight points over the next 8 minutes.

Jackets Topped By Fordham 72-66

NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Gaston scored 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Fordham beat Georgia Tech 72-66 on Thursday night.

Gaston leads the NCAA in double-doubles this season with 10.

Georgia Tech (7-6) cut the Fordham lead to three, 56-53, with 6:40 left to play behind Daniel Miller's three-point play. But Brandon Frazier sparked a 9-3 run to put the Rams ahead 65-56 with 3:49 remaining.

Frazier scored five points during the run and Gaston knocked down two free throws. Frazier finished with a season-high 19 points and six assists for the Rams.

Despite outshooting Fordham (6-6) from the field 42.4 percent (25 of 59) to 37.9 percent (22 of 58), the Yellow Jackets only made 6 of 14 free throws and sent the Rams to the line 34 times.