#ACCvsBIGTEN ACCtion: Tuesday, November 27
Nov. 27, 2012
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Erick Green scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to pace five players in double figures as the Hokies rolled to an eye-opening 95-79 nonconference victory over Iowa in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game at Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday night.
With the victory, Tech moved to 6-0 on the season. The Hokies last won their first six games to start a season in 1982. Tech also moved to 3-5 all time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge - with all three victories coming over the Hawkeyes.
"Every win is significant," Tech coach James Johnson said, downplaying the victory. "Every win is a good win. We're taking every single one of them."
"It means a lot," Green said of the Hokies' 6-0 start. "All this hard work is paying off. But 6-0 is not good enough. I want to keep going. I want to be undefeated before we go to Vegas [on Dec. 22]. We've got to keep getting better and better. Oklahoma State on Saturday is going to be a challenge, and we've just got to come to play."
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Dez Wells set a career high with 23 points as Maryland blew out Northwestern in the second half en route to a 77-57 win on Tuesday night.
Maryland (5-1) led 28-26 at halftime but broke the game open in the second half, scoring on its first 10 possessions. The run stretched the lead to 47-34.
Wells finished the spurt by hitting a 3-pointer and going coast-to-coast for a layup after a Northwestern turnover.
Wells hurt the Wildcats (6-1) from all spots on the floor, slashing to the basket and stepping back to hit jumpers. He was 9 for 11 from the field with three assists.
Reggie Hearn had 19 points and Dave Sobolewski 14 for Northwestern, which was denied a fifth straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Trey Burke went the entire first half without scoring - and may have still been the best player on the court.
The Michigan guard was setting up his teammates, and by the time Burke made a few shots of his own, the Wolverines were well on their way to another impressive victory.
Burke finished with 18 points and a career-high 11 assists without a turnover, and No. 3 Michigan held off a late rally by No. 18 North Carolina State in a 79-72 win Tuesday night.
Freshman Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines with 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16, but it was Burke who controlled the game, equaling his previous career high of nine assists in the first half.
N.C. State (4-2) trailed 73-58 before going on a 10-0 run capped by T.J. Warren's layup with 2:11 remaining. Hardaway answered with a driving bank shot.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Cody Zeller showed everyone Tuesday night why he's the best big man in America.
The 7-foot sophomore scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, was 8 of 13 from the field and dominated the middle, leading No. 1 Indiana to its most impressive victory this season - a stunning 83-59 rout over No. 14 North Carolina.
In a game that pitted two of the nation's most storied college programs - they have combined for 10 national titles and have a combined 3,767 all-time wins - Zeller made sure it was no contest.
When he wasn't taking advantage of opportunities in the middle, he played the decoy for teammates who were cutting and slashing to the basket.
The combination was just too much for North Carolina (5-2), playing for the first time since returning from Hawaii last week.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Coleman scored 16 points, Rodney Williams added 14 and No. 21 Minnesota beat defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State 77-68 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
A 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, Coleman made 8 of 13 field goals and had 12 points in the second half while helping the Gophers build a 58-37 lead midway through.
Austin Hollins added 13 points and Andre Hollins had 12 for the Gophers, who never trailed. Elliott Eliason had 10 rebounds.
Minnesota (7-1) led 38-25 at halftime and by as many as 21 points in the second half. The Gophers' lone loss was to No. 2 Duke in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Nebraska shot 62 percent in the second half to pull away from Wake Forest and post a 79-63 win over the Demon Deacons on Tuesday at Joel Coliseum in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Demon Deacons (3-3) led by as many as four points in the first half before the Cornhuskers (5-1) took a 28-24 lead into halftime, but Nebraska came out firing in the second half to put the game away.
Madison Jones led the Demon Deacons with a career-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Codi Miller-McIntyre finished with 11 points and a team-high three assists.
Travis McKie scored the 1,000th point of his career on a free throw in the second half and finished with eight points. He is the 23rd player in program history to total both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds and just the fourth in the past 15 seasons joining Darius Songaila, Josh Howard and Eric Williams.