Men's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 11
Nov. 12, 2011
CORONADO, Calif. (AP) - With President Barack Obama watching from midcourt, No. 1 North Carolina beat Michigan State 67-55 on Friday night in the Carrier Classic on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson.
Harrison Barnes scored 17 points and John Henson had 12 points and a career-high nine blocked shots as the Tar Heels put their size advantage to good use. Michigan State's Draymond Green had 18 rebounds.
Fitting with the Veterans Day theme, the Tar Heels and Spartans had U.S.A. rather than their names on the back of their jerseys, which had a camouflage design. At dusk, the game was paused for the lowering of the American flag. The players gave their jerseys to servicemen after the game.
Obama watched intently, chatted with wife Michelle and service members seated near him, and at one point appeared to check his BlackBerry. When the game ended, he applauded and then shook hands with coaches Roy Williams and Tom Izzo.
DURHAM, N.C. - The wins keep piling up for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. They just never seem to come easy against Belmont.
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils held off the pesky Bruins 77-76 on Friday night in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational to move Krzyzewski within one victory of tying Bob Knight atop the Division I men's career list.
Austin Rivers -- one of three Blue Devils making his college debut -- and Seth Curry both scored 16 points. Duke (1-0), which has just one senior on the roster, shot 43 percent, hit nine 3-pointers and overcame 19 turnovers to avoid its first nonconference home loss since 2000 and put its Hall of Fame coach one step closer to history.
"Once the game pressure was on us, we grew up a lot tonight," Krzyzewski said. "You can't practice situations like that. Good teams put you in those situations, and Belmont's just a really good basketball team."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State men's basketball team opened its 2011-12 season Friday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center in much the same way that it played last year during a run to the Sweet 16.
FSU picked up right where it left off late last March with a strong defensive performance in a 79-67 win over Jacksonville -- save a few sloppy final minutes against the Dolphins.
JU (0-1) didn't score a basket until 14:50 left in the first half and never recovered on the scoreboard despite a late-game rally. FSU -- the nation's leader the last two seasons in defensive field goal percentage -- held Jacksonville to 36.4-percent shooting in the first half but that mark increased to 42.4 percent for the game because of the visitors' 20-10 run after the 'Noles had built their largest lead of the night (22) with 7:49 remaining on the clock.
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State enjoyed headline performances from every position as C.J. Williams scored a career-high 18 points, Richard Howell and DeShawn Painter each posted double-doubles, and Lorenzo Brown nearly opened the season with a triple-double in the Wolfpack's 84-75 win over UNC Asheville Friday at the RBC Center.
Painter's 12 points and 12 rebounds on 4-for-6 shooting represented the second double-double of his career. Howell's 14 points and 15 rebounds were good for the fourth of his career.
Williams led all scorers with 18 on a deadly efficient 8-for-10 shooting night, bettering his previous high of 16 set twice last season.
Brown tallied eight steals in the first half alone to go with 13 points and nine assists, just missing out on what would have been his first career triple-double, and the first for an NC State player since Julius Hodge in 2005.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - On 11-11-11, it was Wake Forest's No. 11 who stepped up to lead the Demon Deacons to a tough victory. Junior C.J. Harris scored a game-high 20 points and fueled a key first-half run, as Wake Forest opened the season with a 75-63 defeat of Loyola on Friday evening at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Harris went 6-for-9 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, to go along with six rebounds. The Winston-Salem native also hit five straight free throws to lead a 10-0 run that gave the Deacons an early 11-point advantage.
"Absolutely, it is due to confidence," said Harris. "I've grown so much and been through pretty much everything. I know when I have to take over in situations. I'm a junior so I had to step up and do what I needed to do."
Sophomore Travis McKie scored 19 points and added four boards and three steals for Wake Forest, who won its season opener for the 17th time in the past 18 seasons. The Deacons suffered an 89-79 loss to Stetson in last year's opener and vowed not to let it happen again this year.
"We are very happy that we won," said McKie. "Last year we talked about the Stetson game all the time. We weren't prepared or focused to win that game and we overlooked them. We won't overlook any team this year. Every team will be a tough game and we have to play like it."
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami men's basketball team increased their season-opener winning streak to 18 consecutive victories with a 69-58 win over Tennessee Tech on Friday night.
Durand Scott (15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) opened the scoring for the season with a three-pointer from the top of the key, continuing the Hurricanes streak of making at least one three-pointer in 312-straight games.
Fellow guard Malcolm Grant (14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) hit his first shot of the season on a three-pointer with 16:35 left in the first half to build the Hurricanes' lead to 10-0 out of the gates.
Newcomers also played a key role in Coach Larranaga's debut as Kenny Kadji made his first career start as a Hurricane and contributed five boards, while Trey McKinney came off the bench to ignite the team.
McKinney Jones hit late baskets to seal the big win for the Hurricanes. The former Missouri-Kansas City standout made his presence felt with 12 points and four rebounds.
Miami started the game with a 10-0 run, holding the Golden Eagles scoreless until 13:56 remaining in the first half.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Brandon Reed had 16 points and Georgia Tech beat Florida A&M 92-59 on Friday night in Brian Gregory's first game as the Yellow Jackets' coach.
Mfon Udofia had 15 points and Daniel Miller had 12 points and seven rebounds for Georgia Tech, which never trailed.
Avery Moore led Florida A&M with 15 points.
Clemon Johnson also made his debut as Florida A&M's coach.
Rice, the son of the former Michigan and 15-year NBA star Glen Rice, started 23 games last season, averaging 12.8 points. Rice was not in uniform as he watched from the bench.
Rice had six games with 20 or more points last season. Gregory, the former Dayton coach, had not announced if Rice would have started against Florida A&M.
The elder Rice played on Michigan's 1989 national championship team and the Los Angeles Lakers' 2000 NBA championship team.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell probably could have gone without his team losing a 13-point lead just before the half in the season-opener Friday night, but he understands it was probably good to face a little adversity as well.
Considering the way his young basketball team responded to the lesson made it even better as the Tigers forced six turnovers in the first four minutes after the break, using a 7-0 run to spark a 65-44 victory over Gardner-Webb at Littlejohn Coliseum.
"We needed to face a little adversity and we got some," Brownell said. "I think our older players really responded, and defensively we played tremendous in the second half."
Those older players were Andre Young, Tanner Smith and Milton Jennings as Clemson took a 29-29 tie at the break and quickly turned the game into a 14-point lead before the 10-minute mark of the second half.
As expected, it was Young and Smith that got things going in the second stanza. Young first hit a jump shot and then drained a three-pointer from the wing, while Smith cleaned up the boards and hit a streaking Jennings under the basket to set the tone for the rest of the game. Those seven straight points, coupled with more intensity on the defensive end, all but did Gardner-Webb in.