Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 23
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - C.J. Harris scored 23 points to lead Wake Forest to an 80-65 upset of No. 2-ranked Miami on Saturday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum. The Demon Deacons handed the Hurricanes their first ACC loss of the season, snapping Miami's 14-game winning streak.
Harris went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half, as Wake Forest (12-14, 5-9 ACC) built a 19-point lead in the period.
Miami (22-4, 13-1 ACC) fought back to within five in the second half, but the Deacons used a 12-0 run midway through the period to reclaim control. Harris sparked the run with a fastbreak dunk, and Madison Jones scored five points to lead the stretch.
"I think what was special about this game is that we knew that they would make a run, and cut it to five points at one point," said head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "Our guys never wavered. You could see it in their eyes, and they just kept attacking offensively. They kept defending and scraping, and that to me was the most impressive thing is this basketball game: our resolve when they started closing the gap."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Reggie Bullock had 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State 76-65 on Saturday.
Freshman point guard Marcus Paige added 14 points and eight assists for the Tar Heels (19-8, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won three straight games to build momentum and climb the league standings.
North Carolina went ahead for good with an 18-2 run in the second half while holding the Wolfpack to a single basket during a nearly 5-minute stretch.
James Michael McAdoo also scored 14 for UNC, while P.J. Hairston added 12. The Tar Heels also scored 24 points off 17 turnovers to offset the Wolfpack's size advantage.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has implored sophomore Nick Faust to do a better job stepping into his shot as opposed to being too loose with his technique.
Faust took the advice and had a season-high 18 points and Maryland won its fourth consecutive game over Clemson, 72-59 on Saturday.
Freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Terrapins (19-8, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are 16-2 at home.
"Nick has put a lot of time into his jumper," Turgeon said. "I thought his floor game was good. He got us into our offense. I thought he defended better. I am on Nick all the time to be an elite defender and take on a challenge."