ACC Weekend Hoops: Jackets, Hokies fall in tournament finals

UNC survives Charleston, Duke rolls past Oregon

Georgia Tech's Jason Morris (14) takes a shot past Syracuse's Kris Joseph (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Nov. 27, 2010, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Georgia Tech's Jason Morris (14) takes a shot past Syracuse's Kris Joseph (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Nov. 27, 2010, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010

Blue Devils Dunk Ducks 98-71: The game between top-ranked Duke and Oregon was merely a formality for the first on-court meeting of Blue Devils star Kyle Singler and his little brother E.J., a sophomore forward for the Ducks.

And for Kyle, it was even more: His first chance to play in his home state since leaving for Durham, N.C.

"Every moment I was out there I was trying to soak it all in," the elder Singler brother said. "Trying to look at the signs, trying to find the people I knew in the stands. I was focused in and trying to win, but the environment was great."

He made the most of it, with 30 points and five rebounds to lead Duke to a 98-71 victory Saturday at Portland.

He opened scoring with a fallaway jumper and Duke never trailed. His 3-pointer midway through the first half put the Blue Devils up 20-7.

Duke went up 31-12 in the first half on Miles Plumlee's alley-oop dunk. The Ducks narrowed it to 33-23 later in the period, but Duke led 40-25 at halftime.

Grant Leads Miami Over Florida Gulf Coast: Malcolm Grant posted his second 20-point performance of the season to lead Miami to an 87-75 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night at Alico Arean.

Durand Scott added 15 points and a season-high eight assists, while Garrius Adams tied his career-high with 13 points for the Hurricanes (4-2).

Reggie Johnson added his fourth double-double of the season for the 'Canes with 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Adrian Thomas had 12 points off the bench as five Hurricanes finished in double-figure scoring for the third time in six games this season.

Anthony Banks scored 21 points and Reed Baker 20 for Florida Gulf Coast (2-3).

Miami hit 10 of 20 3-pointers in the first half to take a 50-39 lead. Grant hit five treys in the first half and finished with a career-high six, hitting at least one 3-pointer in 13 straight games - the second-longest active streak in the ACC, behind Florida State's Deividas Dulkys, who has hit a 3-pointer in 14 straight games.

Wolfpack Downs Fairleigh Dickinson, 77-67: Lorenzo Brown scored 13 points to help North Carolina State defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 77-67.

Scott Wood scored all 12 of his points in the second half for the Wolfpack (4-1), who made six of their first seven 3-point attempts after halftime. DeShawn Painter tied a career high with 12 points for N.C. State.

Wood made four 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the second half, including three in a four-possession span to douse a rally by the Knights.

"These November and December games are a time to learn I guess, time to straighten out some wrinkles," said NC State head coach Sidney Lowe. "Initially, we were very lethargic, we were running slow, getting to our spots slow, moving the ball around slow. Concentration wise we were not there."

Terence Grier scored a career-high 23 points to lead Fairleigh Dickinson (0-3). Mathias Seilund had 13 points and Mike Scott added 11 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Knights.

Fairleigh Dickinson opened the second half with a 9-3 run to cut N.C. State's lead to 42-38 with 16:25 remaining, but the Wolfpack answered with a 10-0 run that included the start of Wood's 3-point flurry.

Yellow Jackets Fall to No. 9 Syracuse, 80-76: Syracuse's offense at last rounded into championship form.

Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine led the way for the ninth-ranked Orange with five players finishing in double-figures and the kind of terrific shooting coach Jim Boeheim expected in an 80-76 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday night to win the Legends Classic at Atlantic City, NJ.

"We got a dangerous team when you got guys like that," Jardine said. "It's going to happen where everyone can contribute. We're going to be a dangerous team."

The Orange (6-0) clicked all game and found the well-balanced offense Boeheim said was missing during the perfect start. Boeheim complained after Friday's win over Michigan about the Orange's struggles shooting the ball. The Orange heard the complaints and responded - 11 of 18 in the second half that helped gradually stretch the lead.

Joseph shook off early foul trouble to score 19 points, and Jardine had 15 points and eight assists. Rick Jackson kept his strong start going with 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Dion Waiters scored 13 for the Orange.

Nov. 28, 2010

BC Knocks Off Cal in Old Spice Classic: Joe Trapani and Biko Paris scored 12 points apiece to lead Boston College past California 68-46 on Sunday in the consolation bracket of the Old Spice Classic at Orlando, FL.

Reggie Jackson added 11 points for Boston College (4-2), which won 2 of 3 during the four-day tournament. The Eagles beat Texas A&M 67-65 and lost 65-55 to Wisconsin.

Jackson and Danny Rubin each hit 3's as Boston College scored the first eight point of the second half to go up 43-31 with 17 minutes to play. Rubin added another 3-pointer to extend the Eagles' advantage to 49-33 at the 5 minute mark.

Trapani had a 3 during an 8-0 run that put Boston College ahead 61-38 midway through the second half.

Boston College led 35-31 at halftime despite the Eagles' top two scorers, Jackson and Trapani, combing for just four points.

Tar Heels Catch Fire in Second Half, Top Charleston 74-69: For a few minutes in the second half, Andrew Goudelock was doing everything he could to remind Roy Williams and North Carolina of their miserable time last season.

Instead, the 25th-ranked Tar Heels seemed to focus on how to return to the lost transition attack that has long powered the Hall of Fame coach's best teams.

John Henson scored a career-high 19 points and ignited the decisive second-half run to help North Carolina beat College of Charleston 74-69 Sunday night, avenging last year's overtime loss to the Cougars while showing some welcome signs of growth after a frustrating week.

Henson also had seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Tar Heels (4-2), who rallied from a five-point deficit midway through the second half.

While Goudelock had another big game against his team, Williams sounded pleased overall with the way his players--particularly sophomore Dexter Strickland--defended the high-scoring guard. He also could see progress in the way his young team started getting out in transition after missed shots and turnovers in the second half, speeding up the tempo in a way they have struggled to do ever since Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough left school after winning the NCAA championship two seasons ago.

'Noles Fall Just Short to No. 16 Florida, 55-51: Kenny Boynton scored 14 points and Erik Murphy added 10, including a decisive late field goal, as 16th-ranked Florida held off Florida State's late rally to beat the Seminoles 55-51 Sunday night at Tallahassee.

Michael Snaer's fifth 3-pointer of the game cut Florida's lead to 53-51 with 51 seconds left before Murphy's putback with 16 seconds left.

The Gators (5-1) opened a 53-48 lead with 1:20 left on two free throws by Murphy coming just 17 seconds after two by Boynton.

Snaer scored 15 points for the Seminoles (5-1).

Florida State shot 33.3 percent against the smaller, quicker Gators and their leading scorer on the season, Chris Singleton, was 2 of 12 from the field.

Florida made 17 of 25 free throws while Florida State scored six points from the line. The Gators also had a 35-31 rebounding advantage.

Hokies Fall to UNLV In 76 Classic Final: Chace Stanback had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead UNLV to a 71-59 victory over Virginia Tech in the 76 Classic's championship game Sunday night at Anaheim, CA.

Stanback was voted the tournament's most outstanding player.

"Clearly, Chace was deserving of the award," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said. "He's making shots, which you expect him to do, but he's also covering (defensively) and he's getting more and more active on the boards."

Quintrell Thomas and Tre'Von Willis scored 14 points apiece for the Rebels (6-0). Anthony Marshall added 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.

"We worked for this," said Stanback, a junior transfer from UCLA.

Malcolm Delaney had a season-high 30 points for the Hokies (4-2). Terrell Bell added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

"We needed more guys contributing," said Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, who added that poor free-throw shooting and Jeff Allen's absence made a difference.

Allen, the Hokies' leading rebounder (8.6) and third-leading scorer (11.4), fouled out with 6 minutes to play. Allen finished with nine points and six rebounds.

"We can't play like that," Greenberg said. "If we're not 9 for 21 at the free-throw line and Jeff has a chance to play at the end of the game, maybe we're in better shape."

Virginia Tech led 10-2 before UNLV rallied to move ahead 31-21 with 5:43 left in the first half. The Rebels' backcourt pressure resulted in 11 points off turnovers during the surge, which Stanback led with nine points.

"Our guys have been able to be disruptive," Kruger said. "Meeting the ball in the backcourt is when we're in our comfort zone. We've done a good job of taking teams out of what they run."

Greenberg said his team played into UNLV's pressure.

"It's not that tough; we made it tough," Greenberg said. "We had some guys in there who didn't want to work hard enough to get open."

Virginia Tech narrowed the deficit to two at 43-41 with 16:19 to play but the Rebels used a 14-6 run to build a 57-47 lead with 8:28 remaining. UNLV led by 13 points.

UNLV forced 18 turnovers, scored 24 points off of them and outscored the Hokies 34-14 in the lane.

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