Men's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 14
Nov. 15, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Rakim Sanders totaled 24 points and seven rebounds and classmate Joe Trapani tallied 13 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College to a 80-65 season-opening win over Central Connecticut before 4,197 fans in Conte Forum.
Sophomore Biko Paris, starting in place of senior Tyrese Rice, rounded out the victor's list of double-figure scorers with 12 points. Rice was serving a one-game suspension for violation of team rules.
Central Connecticut jumped out early and led by as many as seven points - 10-3 - in the opening minutes. The Blue Devils led 14-8, before BC used a 9-2 run - capped by a Trapani three-pointer - to claim its first lead at 17-16 with 11:10 left in the opening half.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Al-Farouq Aminu snatched an alley-oop pass and dunked it. Wake Forest's star freshman grabbed rebounds and slammed those home, too.
Aminu had 21 points and 10 rebounds in his college debut, and the 21st-ranked Demon Deacons opened their season of high expectations Friday night by routing North Carolina Central 94-48.
So did the rest of the Demon Deacons, who led by 31 points before the Eagles made their second field goal.
James Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Teague added 14 points. Freshman Tony Woods and fellow big man Chas McFarland each scored 12 for Wake Forest.
Malcolm Delaney hit two free throws with 23.6 seconds remaining, Terrell Bell made a key blocked shot in the waning moments, and the Hokies survived a halfcourt heave that nearly went in at the buzzer, thus enabling them to knock off Gardner-Webb 65-62 in a tougher-than-expected non-conference game Friday night at Cassell Coliseum.
Tech improved to 6-0 in season openers under coach Seth Greenberg and 36-10 in season openers since the opening of Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies also improved to 46-2 all-time in home openers in Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies led by as many as 18 in the second half, but the Bulldogs just refused to go away. Gardner-Webb cut that lead down to one, 63-62, on two free throws by Aaron Linn with 24.3 seconds remaining.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Landon Milbourne scored 16 points, Cliff Tucker added career-high 14 and Maryland spoiled the debut of Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen with an 81-52 victory Friday night.
Shaking off a sluggish start in the season opener, the Terrapins held Bucknell to 17 points in the first half and 32 percent shooting from the floor.
Patrick Behan scored 12 points for the Bison (0-1), who are 0-7 against Maryland and 1-23 against current Atlantic Coast Conference teams.
Early in the second half the Terrapins used baskets by Milbourne, Tucker and David Neal - the team's lone senior - to take a 39-18 lead. Tucker, a sophomore forward, finished 6-for-11 from the floor.
ATLANTA (AP) - Gani Lawal had career highs with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Moe Miller scored 17 pooints with 10 assists in Georgia Tech's 92-47 win over Winston-Salem State on Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets (1-0) took a 78-37 lead on Zach Peacock's runner with 7:10 remaining.
Jamal Durham scored 11 points to lead Winston-Salem State (0-1). The Rams hit just 26.2 percent of 65 shots from the field, and they were 7-for-23 on free throws.
Lawal, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, matched his career high of 17 in the first half.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Trevor Booker scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Clemson to a 98-69 victory over Hofstra on Friday night in the first round of the Charleston Classic.
Against Hofstra, Clemson was in control from start to finish leading 15-3 early and 39-24 at the half.
The Tigers led by 22 with 14:03 to play and continued to pull away from the Pride. Clemson also got 15 points from Terrence Oglesby and 13 from Raymond Sykes.