The day started with the 8-9 matchup between Maryland and Wake Forest, with the winner moving on to play top-seed North Carolina on Friday.
Maryland ended the first half on a 9-3 run to take a 36-31 halftime lead. The Terrapins carried that momentum into the second half, as they opened on a 15-4 run. They never looked back en route to their 82-60 victory.
Maryland out-rebounded WF 39-24 and they out-scored WF 44-28 in the paint. They also shot 54% from the field.
The ACC’s leading scorer, Terrell Stoglin, was unhappy about not being named to the All-ACC first team. Many said it was because he takes too many bad shots and he isn’t team-oriented. Stoglin took that to heart, especially in the first half (he had just five points prior to Maryland’s run to end the half). He finished with 25 points and made 4-of-5 shots in the second half. Nick Faust totaled 19 points and James Padgett added ten for the Terps.
Wake only had three players score in the first half: CJ Harris (13 points), Travis McKie (nine points), and Nikita Mescheriakov (nine points). That continued in the second half, as those three combined for 52 of Wake’s 60 points. However Harris only scored one point in the second half.
The game was a lot closer than the final score and NC State will need to play better tomorrow to beat UVA and will need another hot-shooting day from Scott Wood (7-of-11 shooting for 22 points).
It started out ugly for BC, as NC State scored the first 14 points and BC needed 7:23 to score their first points. Early it looked like a blowout. Instead, BC got back in the game and an 8-0 run cut the deficit to 32-24. They were helped out by NC State’s foul trouble.
NC State took a 37-24 halftime lead (on a CJ Williams buzzer-beating three pointer). BC committed 13 first half turnovers.
In the second half, the Wolfpack came out flat and BC took advantage. They went on a 13-6 run to cut the deficit to 43-37 until a Wood three pointer. From then on, every time BC was one big shot from really putting pressure on NC State, they committed a turnover (ended with 19 of them).
Lorenzo Brown finished with 12 points, eight assists, and five steals. CJ Leslie contributed a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) for the Wolfpack. In the loss, freshman Ryan Anderson finished with a double-double (22 points and 12 rebounds).
In the first game of the night session, short-handed Virginia Tech upset Clemson, 68-63. Injuries have hampered the Hokies all season, with another player getting hurt this week in practice. That left them with just seven players.
In the first half, Clemson repeatedly double and triple-teamed Hokies star Erick Green and he visibly looked tired (they really didn’t have a backup for him). Clemson led at the half 35-30 after the score was tied at 27-27 with 3:51 to go.
This game was a three point shooting contest, as the two teams combined to take 45 shots from beyond the arc. Two straight three’s by VT broke the 52-52 tie to give the Hokies a 58-52 lead that they never relinquished.
Free throw shooting is what did in the Tigers: they were just 9-of-15. Seniors Andre Young and Tanner Smith led the team in the first half (18 combined points), but they scored just seven points in the second half. Milton Jennings finished with 13 points.
For VT, Green had a big second half. He had nine points at the half, but finished with 24 points. Dorenzo Hudson was the only other VT player to score in double-figures with 19 points.
VT moves on to face Duke Friday night at 7pm ET. For some reason, VT always plays Duke tough, so tomorrow night’s game should be an exciting one.
The final game of the ACC’s first night of tournament action saw Miami take down a sluggish Georgia Tech team by a final of 54-36.
Neither team shot the ball well, with a score of just 10-10 after 10 minutes of the first half. The Yellow Jackets, playing in front of their home crowd, had upset on their mind after taking a 20-19 lead at halftime.
However, Miami was able to break the game open midway through the second half with an 18-0 run in which Georgia Tech went more than six minutes without a point. It was a season low in points for the Yellow Jackets, who finish the 2011-12 campaign at 11-20 overall.
Only one Hurricanes starter, guard Durand Scott (11 points), scored in double figures, but Miami received strong contributions from its bench. All-ACC freshman guard Shane Larkin had a game-high 12 points, while backcourt mate Rion Brown added 10 points. Center Reggie Johnson chipped in seven points and nine rebounds.
The Hurricanes will next take on Sunshine State rival Florida State at 9 p.m. ET. The two teams split the season series, which included a 78-62 Miami win two weeks ago without Johnson, who was suspended at the time due to allegations of a family member receiving impermissible benefits (he was reinstated following that contest). Another Miami win would go a huge way in securing an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, as many college basketball experts have the Hurricanes on the bubble.