Men's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, December 21

Dec. 22, 2011

No. 5 Tar Heels Topple Texas, 82-63

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points to help No. 5 North Carolina beat Texas 82-63 on Wednesday night.

John Henson added 14 points for the Tar Heels (11-2), who won their fifth straight and avenged last season's last-second loss to the Longhorns.

North Carolina went on a 13-1 run to build a double-digit lead midway through the first half and never looked back, turning a 39-23 halftime lead into a 24-point margin late in the game.

Barnes was coming off consecutive nine-point performances, but the sophomore looked far more active and assertive against the Longhorns by attacking the rim or posting up on shorter defenders. He made 9 of 15 shots and finished with 10 rebounds, part of UNC's 49-34 advantage on the glass.

It was a far more focused performance by North Carolina after looking flat and disinterested during Monday night's 50-point win against Nicholls State. The Tar Heels showed just enough spark in the second half of that one to talk coach Roy Williams out of an early morning practice the next day, while Williams said he didn't do a good job of getting his team ready to play.

Boston College Men's Basketball Defeats Sacred Heart, 83-73

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Matt Humphrey scored a career-high 18 points to lead Boston College past Sacred Heart, 83-73, Wednesday night in front of 2,263 fans at Conte Forum.

Humphrey went 5-for-10 from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line. Freshman Dennis Clifford also scored a career high with 16 points and had six rebounds and three blocks. He was 6-for-7 from the floor. Freshman Ryan Anderson had 13 points and seven boards, and classmate Lonnie Jackson scored 12 points, all in the second half.

BC took a 14-6 lead with a 10-2 run early in the game. Clifford paced the Eagles with seven points during that stretch. The Eagles maintained a multiple possession lead for most of the first half. Sacred Heart, led by Shane Gibson's 17 first-half points, got as close as three with the score at 16-13. BC was up 40-31 with 1:25 to go, but the Pioneers cut the lead to six going into the half.

The Eagles took their largest lead of the game at the 11:36 mark of the second half, 61-48, but Sacred Heart stormed back. The Pioneers went on their first extended scoring run, rattling off 12 unanswered points to cut their deficit to one. Evan Kelley scored four points in that run.

Wake Forest 87 Defeats UNC Wilmington, 87-78

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Harris scored 23 points and six Wake Forest players reached double figures in an 87-78 victory against UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night.

Tony Chennault added 15 points for the Demon Deacons (8-4). They let an 11-point lead slip away in the second half before holding UNC Wilmington without a field goal for nearly 5 minutes as part of their 21-6 run.

Freshman Adam Smith had season highs of 32 points and seven 3-pointers, and Keith Rendleman added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Seahawks (3-7).

They led 58-54 on Tanner Milson's 3 with just over 9 minutes left, but immediately went cold.

Harris - who was 13 of 14 from the line - and Chennault each hit two free throws, and Nikita Mescheriakov's foul shot with 7:45 left put Wake Forest ahead to stay. Chennault's layup capped the run, making it 75-64 with just under 3 minutes left.

Mike Scott Leads No. 24 Cavaliers to 83-77 Win at Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) - Virginia's return to the Top 25 got tested much quicker than expected.

And in some ways, Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett didn't mind how it all played out.

``You've got to be able to handle adversity. We didn't do a great job with it but there is a point as a coach where you try and say `We've got to get some stops, we've got to take care of the ball, we've got to come together' and either it's going to happen or it's not,'' Bennett said.

It did come together for the Cavaliers, but just barely.