Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, February 28
Feb. 28, 2009
Tyler Hansbrough scored 28 points and set the NCAA's career free-throw shooting record in No. 4 North Carolina's 104-74 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Danny Green added 23 points for the Tar Heels (25-3, 11-3). The Atlantic Coast Conference leaders bounced back from their overtime loss at Maryland a week earlier and used a pair of huge runs to reach the 25-win mark for the third straight year.
North Carolina took the lead for good during a 21-5 run midway through the first half that also put them up by double figures to stay, and pushed the lead to 20 barely 2 minutes into the second half while opening the half with a 14-2 spurt.
Lewis Clinch scored 22 points and Alade Aminu added 19 to lead the last-place Yellow Jackets (10-17, 1-13), who lost their seventh straight and were emphatically denied their first victory in Chapel Hill since 1996.
Deon Thompson and Wayne Ellington added 10 points apiece, and the Tar Heels shot 53.6 percent while forcing 18 turnovers and keeping Tech's freshman star, Iman Shumpert, scoreless for the first time this season.
Al-Farouq Aminu, Chas McFarland and Jeff Teague led a balanced scoring attack that propelled Wake Forest to a 70-60 defeat of Virginia Saturday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena.
Aminu, Teague and McFarland cored 12 points apiece to lead four Deacons in double figures. Ishmael Smith came off the bench to score 10, while James Johnson chipped in eight and Tony Woods six.
Teague, who scored seven of his 12 points at the free throw line, extended his double-figure scoring streak to 31 games, which is the second-longest current streak in the ACC.
McFarland scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and the second straight game, while Smith was in double digit scoring for the fifth straight contest.
Toney Douglas scored 23 points and No. 23 Florida State held off a late Clemson rally, defeating the 12th-ranked Tigers 73-66 on Saturday to inch closer to its first NCAA tournament bid in 11 years.
The Seminoles (22-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 39-27 at halftime and opened its largest advantage at 51-33 early in the second half, but Clemson closed to within 63-60 on five points by Raymond Sykes in a span of just 12 seconds.
Clemson (22-6, 8-6) was led by K.C. Rivers 17 points. Trevor Booker was held to eight points, but pulled down a game-best 13 rebounds.
Derwin Kitchen and freshman Chris Singleton each had 10 points for the Seminoles, who swept Clemson for the first time since the 2000-2001 season.
Terrence Oglesby added 12 points for Clemson on 4-of-10 shooting from 3-point distance while Sykes finished with 10 points and four blocked shots.
Douglas hit six straight free throws in the final 2:48,including four in a row in the final 50 seconds that stopped Clemson's comeback.
Kyle Singler stood on the end line trying to inbound the ball late in a tight game and suddenly found himself reaching back for his days as a high school quarterback.
Seeing Greg Paulus waving at him and wide open on the other end of the floor, Singler threw a long pass that Paulus took in for an easy layup on Saturday, one of several critical second-half plays for Singler that helped boost No. 7 Duke past Virginia Tech, 72-65.
Singler scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half after foul trouble forced him to watch much of the first half, and he made the Hokies pay for focusing too much on Gerald Henderson. He scored 17 of his 21 points before halftime, before Singler got rolling.