Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 7
Feb. 7, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - Gerald Henderson scored the go-ahead basket with 3:16 left in overtime, and No. 4 Duke rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Miami 78-75 on Saturday.
Henderson had 18 of his 19 points after halftime for the Blue Devils (20-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who struggled the entire way before controlling the extra period to bounce back from a blowout loss at Clemson.
Jon Scheyer led Duke with 22 points, while Kyle Singler shook off a terrible shooting day to come up with a key overtime basket that helped the Blue Devils stay in front late.
Duke trailed by 13 at halftime and 38-22 early in the second half before rallying.
Jack McClinton scored 34 points to lead Miami (15-8, 4-6), including a 3-pointer to force overtime with 14.8 seconds left. Duke had a chance for the win in regulation, but Scheyer missed a 3 in the final seconds.
Once in overtime, Henderson scored over Dwayne Collins inside for a 70-68 lead, then Singler -- who finished 5-for-23 from the field -- drove in for a score two possessions later to push the margin to four. Then, Henderson added a tough stepback jumper over Collins to make it 74-68 with 51.9 seconds to play.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Even national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough has his limits.
That's where Wayne Ellington has been coming in for No. 3 North Carolina.
Ellington scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half of his latest big game, helping the Tar Heels shake off a sluggish start and beat Virginia 76-61 on Saturday for their seventh straight win.
Hansbrough had 15 points and 13 rebounds but was 4-for-11 shooting against a zone defense determined to make him a nonfactor. Danny Green added 17 points and Ty Lawson scored all 10 of his points during the game-breaking run while adding nine assists for the Tar Heels (21-2, 7-2).
And while most of the attention falls to Hansbrough, the current face of the program, Ellington's emergence has made the Tar Heels unbeatable lately. After a rough start to the season, the junior guard has scored at least 20 points four times during the winning streak - including a season-high 34 last time out against Maryland.
The Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest team overcame a slow first half by shooting 50 percent in the final 20 minutes and outscoring the Cavaliers 29-11 during a 13-minute stretch that bridged halftime.
Three nights after No. 10 Clemson throttled Duke 74-47 and touched off a wild, orange-clad celebration, the Tigers let a 19-point second-half lead slip away in the Seminoles' 65-61 victory Saturday night.
Toney Douglas had 23 points, including 12 in Florida State's 23-4 run the final 9 minutes. When it ended, the Tigers (19-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and a sold-out crowd walked away in disbelief over what they watched.
Douglas, who came in as the ACC's third-leading scorer, looked way off his game, held to six points in the first half and knocked around by Clemson's swarming defense.