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March 5, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -Jerai Grant scored 17 points and Clemson clinched a first-round bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a 69-60 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The Tigers (20-10, 9-7) reached 20 wins for a record fifth straight season and, as the league's fourth-place team, get an extra day off before opening ACC tournament play next week. They could use it after this one.
Clemson held a 15-point lead with under 4 minutes to go when the Hokies tightened things with a 10-2 run and trailed 63-56 after Malcolm Delaney's foul shots with 1:28 to go.
Virginia Tech (19-10, 9-7) couldn't get any closer, however.
Delaney, the ACC's second leading scorer, finished with 19 points, but on 5 of 14 shooting. Delaney fouled out in the game's final minute.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Harrison Barnes scored 18 points to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 4 Duke 81-67 on Saturday night, clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.
Kendall Marshall had 15 points and 11 assists as the Tar Heels (24-6, 14-2) ended a three-game losing streak to their fierce rival and earned the top seed in next week's ACC tournament. North Carolina also avenged last month's loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium in which the Tar Heels blew a 16-point lead in the first half.
Once again, the Tar Heels built a big lead in the first half, this time 14 points. But Barnes and the Tar Heels protected that margin Saturday and stayed in control the entire night in a game that had tension and energy befitting a postseason game.
Nolan Smith scored 30 points for Duke (27-4, 13-3), while Seth Curry had 20 points with six 3-pointers.
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored a career-high 25 points to lead Virginia to a 74-60 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Maryland at the Comcast Center on Saturday afternoon (March 5) in the final regular season game for both teams.
Zeglinski was 7-11 from the field in the game, including 6-7 from three-point range, and his six three-pointers tied his career high.
Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan had 19 points for the Cavaliers and junior center Assane Sene tied a career high with 15 points as Virginia won for the fourth time in the last five games. UVa concludes the regular season with an overall record of 16-14 and a 7-9 record in the ACC.
Senior forward Will Sherrill tied a career high with nine rebounds to lead Virginia in that department.
Sophomore forward Jordan Williams led Maryland with 17 points and six rebounds, and senior forward Dino Gregory had 15 points.