Men's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, December 29
Dec. 29, 2009
Mfon Udofia scored 17 points, and Derrick Favors had 13 points and 11 rebounds as the two two freshmen helped Georgia Tech earn its second straight win, 78-43 over Winston-Salem State on Tuesday.
With a starting lineup that included guards Udofia, D'Andre Bell, Maurice Miller, Georgia Tech had the pressure it needed to force 31 turnovers, a season high for the Rams (2-8).
Zachery Peacock had 13 points and seven rebounds for Georgia Tech, which dropped out of the Top 25 poll after a home loss to Florida State on Dec. 20.
Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith hit some big 3-pointers, and Smith even blocked one. Thanks to its two talented guards, No. 7 Duke once again put itself in some good company.
Scheyer scored 22 points, Smith added 19 and the Blue Devils became the latest Top Ten team to beat Long Beach State, routing the 49ers 84-63 on Tuesday night.
Kyle Singler added 14 points for Duke (10-1), which led by 26 points, shot 47.1 percent, blocked a season-high 10 shots and was 15 of 26 from 3-point range.
A balanced scoring attack - and an unmatched scoring spurt in the first half, led by freshman Scott Wood - allowed NC State to cruise by Winthrop Tuesday night, 68-52, at the RBC Center, ending a two-game road losing streak.
During the game's most decisive streak, the Wolfpack outscored the Eagles 30-7, with most of the damage coming from the 3-point line. Wood, the freshman from Marion, Ind., who has struggled at times with his outside shot, led the way by hitting three from outside the arc.
Demontez Stitt made two free throws after Andre Young's steal in the final minute and No. 21 Clemson avoided a big upset in its final nonconference game, holding off South Carolina State 70-67 on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (12-2) led by as many as 12 points in the second half and looked like they would cruise to their sixth straight win. Instead, the Bulldogs (6-4) made it 68-67 on Tyvon Williams' driving basket with 27.1 seconds left.
South Carolina State had a chance to move in front its next trip down court when Young stole the ball from Khalif Toombs and fed it to Stitt, who was fouled and made both. Stitt and Noel Johnson both had 13 points for Clemson.