Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, January 24
Jan. 24, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior guard Tyrese Rice totaled 25 points and sophomore forward Joe Trapani posted 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Boston College to a 79-68 ACC win over North Carolina State before 8,167 fans in Conte Forum.
Sophomore Rakim Sanders scored 12 points, freshman Reggie Jackson notched 10 points, and sophomore Corey Raji tallied eight points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles.
BC gained a commanding 46-25 rebounding margin. The Eagles grabbed 22 offensive rebounds.
BC led 42-27 at halftime and extended its lead to 19 points - 47-28 - before the visiting Wolfpack rallied. NC State scored 16 straight points to narrow the margin to just three points - 47-44 - with 14:21 to play.
NC State never got closer than three points. Rice broke the visitor's run with a three-pointer with 13:46 left on the clock.
DURHAM, N.C. - Jon Scheyer was a freshman on the Duke team that lost four straight games to end the season and fell out of the Top 25. So he can't help but feel a little bit of excitement about the possibility of being No. 1 — even if he's quick to say rankings don't matter much.
Gerald Henderson scored 17 points to help the second-ranked Blue Devils rout Maryland 85-44 on Saturday, a victory that could propel the Blue Devils to the No. 1 ranking next week.
Scheyer scored 12 points for Duke (18-1, 5-0 ACC), which dominated from the opening tip and led 40-15 at halftime. From there, the lead only grew, including a couple of dazzling transition scores that pushed the Blue Devils to a 60-20 lead less than 4 minutes into the second half.
Duke led by as many as 44 points, handing the Terrapins (13-6, 2-3) their worst loss under coach Gary Williams. It was the fourth-largest margin of defeat in school history.
The Blue Devils haven't been ranked No. 1 since the final poll of 2005-06, but that could change after Wake Forest's home loss to Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Duke had been ranked No. 1 at least once every season from 1998-2004 under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, but had not reached the top spot in the past two seasons.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -Toney Douglas scored 21 points and Florida State held Virginia to three first-half field goals Saturday on its way to a 73-62 victory.
The Seminoles (16-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coaast Conference) led 30-16 at the intermission, then extended their lead to as many as 21 points even when the Cavaliers started making shots.
Virginia (7-9, 1-4) lost its fourth in a row since opening ACC play with an overtime victory at Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers finished the game just 17-for-48 from the field.
Soloman Alabi added 10 points for the Seminoles, who shot 50 percent for the game.