Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 5
Feb. 5, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Joe Trapani totaled 14 points and nine rebounds and junior Reggie Jackson scored 10 second-half points to lead Boston College to a 58-56 ACC win over Virginia Tech before 6,328 fans in Conte Forum.
Jackson netted all of his points in the final 11:07. The junior's final field goal with 1:09 to play proved to be the decisive points.
The game featured five ties and four lead changes - all in the second half. Virginia Tech (15-7, 5-4 ACC) took its final lead - 49-48 - on a Malcolm Delaney three-pointer with 5:33 remaining.
Boston College (15-8, 5-4 ACC) answered with consecutive treys - one each by Jackson (5:03 left) and Trapani (4:26) - to claim a 54-49 advantage.
After the Hokies' Jeff Allen hit two free throws and BC's Josh Southern converted a lay-in to keep the margin at five points, Delaney sank another trey to narrow the BC lead to two points at 56-54 with 1:29 left.
Jackson scored in the lane to give BC a four-point cushion, and then Delaney responded with a jump shot to trim the lead back to two. There were no points scored after that Delaney field goal.
BC missed two shots on its next possession, and Virginia Tech's attempt to tie or win fell short after one missed free throw, one missed field goal with 24 seconds left and errant three-point shot in the final seconds.
The host Eagles led for the entire first half. BC took its biggest lead of the day - 10 points (22-12) - on a Danny Rubin three-pointer with 7:18 left. BC settled for a 27-24 halftime advantage.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jerai Grant scored 20 points, Demontez Stitt added 16 and Clemson used a 22-0 in the first half to beat reeling Georgia Tech 65-56 on Saturday.
Clemson (16-7, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won three of four since dropping consecutive games at North Carolina and Maryland.
Iman Shumpert scored 17 points for the Yellow Jackets (10-12, 3-6), who have lost three straight and four of five.
Over the last four seasons, Georgia Tech is a combined 19-38 in ACC play.
The Tigers overcame 20 turnovers to win their first ACC road game this season in five tries. Andre Young, who finished with 14 points, was 4 for 6 on 3s and Stitt 2 for 2.
After Daniel Miller's layup gave Georgia Tech a 19-8 lead with 9:15 left in the first half, Clemson went on a 22-0 run that ended on Tanner Smith's free throw.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Jordan Williams had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and Maryland defeated lowly Wake Forest 91-70 Saturday to provide coach Gary Williams with a milestone victory.
Maryland (15-8, 5-4) took control before halftime with a pair of 11-point runs, then pulled away in the second half by scoring 13 straight points.
Williams led the Terps with his NCAA-best 20th double-double of the season and Adrian Bowie chipped in with 13 points.
It was the 664th win for Gary Williams, tying him with Hall of Fame coach John Wooden for 22th on the career list among those who have coached in Division I for at least 10 years.
C.J. Harris led Wake Forest with 17 points and Carson Desrosiers added 11. The Demon Deacons (8-15, 1-7), who have lost 10 of 12 overall, are 0-7 on the road and have lost seven games by at least 20 points.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Rion Brown made three free throws to tie the game with 13.7 seconds left in regulation, Adrian Thomas finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Miami beat Virginia 70-68 on Saturday.
Thomas made a career-best six 3-pointers for the Hurricanes (14-9, 3-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Reggie Johnson scored 16 and Malcolm Grant added 11 for Miami.
Mustapha Farrakhan scored 20 for Virginia (12-11, 3-6). Joe Harris scored 18 for Virginia, but missed two free throws with his team down 68-66 with 5.8 seconds left.
The Cavaliers fouled Miami on 3-point tries twice in the final minute of regulation, proving costly. Virginia also was 9 of 21 from the line.
Virginia's defense had frustrated Miami for the first 39 minutes. In the last minute of regulation, the Cavaliers only frustrated themselves.
Leading by five with 38.9 seconds left, Virginia's ungluing began when Grant was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Farrakhan. Grant made the last two of the ensuing three attempts, and the Hurricanes were within 53-50.
After Farrakhan made two free throws - no small feat for Virginia, considering it had been 3 of 11 at the line in the game's first 39 minutes - Brown hit a deep 3 to get Miami within 55-53 with 28.7 seconds remaining. And with Miami down three, Zeglinski ran into Brown as he tried a 3-pointer 15 seconds later.
Brown made the first two, after which Virginia coach Tony Bennett called time-out in an effort to ice the freshman. But Brown rattled in the third, and Miami got the stop it needed to force overtime.
It was setting up as another end-of-game heartbreaker for Miami, which went 0-4 in a four-game stretch late last month, those losses all by 11 points and each essentially decided in the final possession.
This time, though, the Hurricanes survived - despite shooting 39 percent for the day and surviving a horrid start.
DURHAM, N.C. - Nolan Smith soared through the air and tomahawked a dunk. Then he paused for a moment and allowed himself to crack a smile.
There certainly was plenty to like early on for No. 5 Duke.
Smith scored 18 of his 20 points during what he called "a near-perfect first half" and led the Blue Devils past struggling North Carolina State, 76-52 on Saturday night.
"At that point, everything was going our way," Smith said, "so I figured that I'd smile."
Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Singler added 14 points for Duke (21-2, 8-1), as the top team in the ACC had little trouble with one of its worst.
The Blue Devils put together two overwhelming runs in the half, needed fewer than 18 minutes to build a 30-point lead and coasted the rest of the way despite shooting just 19 percent during the final 20 minutes.
"Guys got comfortable. Of course, we wanted to stay on them and keep playing, but we didn't," Smith said.,p>Richard Howell had a career-high 18 points for the Wolfpack (12-11, 2-7), who had 16 turnovers and didn't get closer than 21 in the second half. They outscored Duke 28-23 in the second half, but that wasn't nearly enough to overcome their latest slow start. N.C. State dropped its fourth straight and seventh in eight games, and sank to 11th in the league.