Ga. Tech, BC get ACC wins

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Jan. 11, 2014 @ 07:08 PM

Georgia Tech 74, Notre Dame 69
Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Golden scored 20 points, Daniel Miller added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Georgia Tech beat Notre Dame 74-69 on Saturday.
Despite blowing a 15-point lead they held midway through the second half, the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 1-2 ACC) went ahead for good when Golden's 3-pointer from the left wing made it 70-68 in the final minute.
Golden gave Georgia Tech its biggest lead at 15, but the Irish went on a 16-3 run to tie the game at 57 on Atkins' three-point play.
Notre Dame (10-6, 1-2), playing its first ACC road game after spending the last 18 seasons in the Big East Conference, were led by Eric Atkins' 20 points and Garrick Sherman's 13.
Sherman missed his first nine field goal attempts, but hit six of his last nine shots, including a reverse layup to give the Irish a 68-67 lead with 1:15 remaining.
The Irish, playing just their second away game of the season on an opponent's home court, trailed by as many as 15 in midway through the second half on Golden's runner from the baseline at the 13:59 mark.


Boston College 62, Virginia Tech 59
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lonnie Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 27.4 seconds left to give Boston College the lead and the Eagles pulled away for a 62-59 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
BC (5-11, 1-2 ACC) snapped a four-game losing streak. The Eagles had lost seven of their previous eight games.
Virginia Tech (8-7, 1-2) had taken a 59-58 lead on a 3-pointer by C.J. Barksdale with 1:36 remaining. BC's Olivier Hanlan turned the ball over on the Eagles' next possession, but the Hokies couldn't take advantage, as Jarell Eddie missed a 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining.
BC called a timeout with 33 seconds to go. After the timeout, Jackson got a good look from the left wing and hit the 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 61-59 edge.
The Hokies ran the clock down before getting the ball into the hands of guard Adam Smith, who took a jumper from the baseline that came up short with 2 seconds to go.
Jackson — who missed BC's first three games this season with a hamstring injury and had scored in double figures just once this season — led BC with 17 points, hitting 6 of 11 from the floor, including five 3-pointers. Hanlan added 14.
Smith led the Hokies with 12 points, and Barksdale added 11. Eddie, Virginia Tech's leading scorer at 16.6 points per game, scored 10 for the Hokies, but made just 3 of 14 from the floor.
Virginia Tech shot just 28.6 percent in the second half (8 of 28) and 35.1 percent for the game (20 of 57).
The Eagles beat the Hokies for the sixth time in the past seven meetings between the two teams.


UNC Asheville 84, Presbyterian 70
ASHEVILLE (AP) — Andrew Rowsey scored 18 points and D.J. Cunningham led a dominating rebounding effort with a career-high 18 boards in pacing UNC Asheville to an 84-70 victory over Presbyterian on Saturday for the Bulldogs' seventh victory in eight games.
Cunningham, who also blocked six shots in the second half, and Jaron Lane both added 13 points for Asheville (8-8, 2-0 Big South). The Bulldogs had a 50-26 rebounding edge, including 19 on the offensive glass, with Corey Littlejohn grabbing 11 boards along with scoring 11 points.
Jordan Downing scored 18 points and Danny Herrera 17 to lead the Blue Hose (4-13, 0-2), who lost their fourth consecutive game.
A 12-4 run to open the second half extended Asheville's lead to 55-33.
The Blue Hose cut the deficit to 10 points with 2:30 remaining, but Lane countered with four free throws and Littlejohn a basket to keep Presbyterian at bay.


Western Carolina 68, Georgia Southern 67
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Trey Sumler scored twice in the final minute to help Western Carolina hang on for a 68-67 victory at Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Sumler hit a jumper with 58 seconds left that put the Catamounts up 66-61 and another to extend the lead to 68-64 with 3.4 seconds left.
Jelani Hewitt made a deep 3 for Georgia Southern with 1.1 seconds left, but the Eagles were unable to get the ball back.
Brandon Boggs gave the Catamounts the lead for good at 50-48 on a jumper with 7:50 left. Boggs finished with 13 points and James Sinclair led Western Carolina (10-8, 3-0 Southern Conference) with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Hewitt paced the Georgia Southern (8-9, 1-1) with 23 points. Tre Bussey added 14 points as Angel Matias and Brian Holmes scored 11 each.
Bussey made two free throws to bring Georgia Southern within 66-64 with 40 seconds left.


Towson 60, UNC-Wilmington 53
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Jerrelle Benimon scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Towson to a 60-53 victory over UNC-Wilmington Saturday.
Benimon went 6 of 13 from field and sank 8 of 10 from the line, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the second period.
Four McGlynn had 11 points and three assists for the Tigers (10-6, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association). Timajh Parker-Rivera and Marcus Damas each added eight points. Towson hit 34 percent from the field overall and 71 percent from the free throw line.
Towson overcame an early six-point deficit to go up by nine midway through the first period and led 26-24 at the break. The Seahawks tied it up 30-30 early in the second before the Tigers mounted a 15-8 run to retake the lead 45-38 with 8:21 left to play.
Cedrick Williams scored 15 points and had seven rebounds for the Seahawks (6-12, 0-3).


Texas-San Antonio 85, Charlotte 77
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Devon Agusi scored 22 points and Edrico McGregor added 13 with eight rebounds as Texas-San Antonio cruised past Charlotte 85-77 Saturday.
Nursing a 12-11 lead in the first half, the Roadrunners (6-9, 2-0 C-USA) pulled ahead with a 14-1 run sparked by a Jordan Sims 3-pointer and a three-point play by Hyjii Thomas. James Williams hit a 3-pointer, igniting a 16-5 run to open the second half and giving UTSA its largest lead, 54-33 at the 12:54 mark.
Charlotte (10-5, 1-1) looked to storm back with a run of their own as Denzel Ingram hit two straight 3-pointers to pull within eight. UTSA countered, pushing the lead back to 19 after a pair of free throws by McGregor.
UTSA shot 49.1 percent from the field. Williams finished with 11 points, while Thomas and Keon Lewis each had 10.
Ingram led the 49ers with 17 points and Terrence Williams contributed 15.


North Carolina A&T 70, Bethune Cookman 67
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lamont Middleton hit two free throws with four seconds left, then stole the ball two seconds later to seal North Carolina A&T's 70-67 conference-opening win over Bethune Cookman Saturday afternoon.
Jeremy Underwood gave the Aggies a four-point lead by hitting two free throws with :27 left, but missed a pair from the line 12 seconds later that left the door open.
Clemmye Owens drilled a 3-pointer for the Wildcats to make it 68-67 with seven seconds left.
Bethune Cookman (2-16, 0-3 Mid-East) trailed by seven points with 33 seconds left and rallied behind a pair of Tony Kynard free throws and a 3 by Mikel Trapp.
Middleton finished with 21 points to lead North Carolina A&T (4-11, 1-0), with Richaud Pack adding 19 points by going 10 for 10 from the line.
Trapp finished with 18 points to lead the Wildcats, Kynard and Owens each contributing 15 points.


No. 5 Michigan St. 87, Minnesota 75 - OT
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.
The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.
Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds.
Minnesota's Malik Smith made his fifth 3-pointer, Gary Harris missed two free throws with 11.3 seconds left for the Spartans and DeAndre Mathieu's layup with 1.7 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime.
Michigan State scored the first nine points of OT.


No. 7 Baylor 88, Texas Christian 62
WACO, Texas (AP) — Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to a victory over instate rival TCU.
The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game, the latest in the streak coming four days after they lost their conference opener 87-72 at No. 9 Iowa State.
Baylor went ahead to stay against TCU (9-6, 0-3) with a 16-3 run midway through the first half. Prince had a pair of layups in the 5-minute spurt that Brady Heslip capped with a 3-pointer that made it 25-14.
Brady Heslip had 15 points on five 3-pointers for Baylor, while Isaiah Austin had 14 points. Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 14 rebounds, his sixth double-double this season, while Rico Gathers had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Brandon Parrish had 16 points to lead TCU.


No. 8 Villanova 74, St. John's 67
NEW YORK (AP) — JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John's.
The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) came into the game having shot better than 50 percent from the field and 3-point range in their last three games. Against St. John's (9-6, 0-3) they struggled from both in the first half shooting 25.9 percent from the field (7 of 27) and 22.2 percent from 3 (2 of 9).
The game was close through the first 12 minutes of the second half with neither team having more than a three-point lead until Villanova went on a 10-1 run that gave it a 65-57 lead with 3:13 to go.
Josh Hart added 14 points for the Wildcats while Ryan Arcidiacono added 13.


Oklahoma 87, No. 9 Iowa St. 82
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Oklahoma knock off previously unbeaten Iowa State.
Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12), who ended No. 9 Iowa State's school-best winning streak at 14 games.
The Sooners won despite a rough day for Cameron Clark. The Big 12's leading scorer finished with 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting. The Sooners were fine because they matched a season high with 13 3-pointers and outrebounded the Cyclones 41-34.
DeAndre Kane had 23 points and nine rebounds and Melvin Ejim added 21 points and six rebounds for Iowa State (14-1, 2-1).


No. 10 Florida 84, Arkansas 82 - OT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as No. 10 Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas' 23-game home winning streak.
Finney-Smith, starting in place of Prather, also added a season-high 15 rebounds as the Gators (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won their seventh in row.
Florida trailed 66-57 in the closing minutes of regulation, but Scotie Wilbekin sent it into overtime with a jumper with two seconds left that tied the game.
Wilbekin finished with 18 points, while Michael Frazier had 15 and Patric Young 10.
Ky Madden led the Razorbacks (11-4, 0-2) who had five players finish in double figures, with 23 points.


No. 11 Oklahoma St. 73, West Virginia 72
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to lift Oklahoma State to a win over West Virginia.
The Cowboys (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) trailed for most of the game, but got solid efforts from their top two scorers in the final minutes.
Marcus Smart had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Le'Bryan Nash added 18 points and Brown finished with 12.
Terry Henderson scored a season-high 21 points for West Virginia (10-6, 2-1), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Juwan Staten added 20 points and Devin Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Henderson's 3-pointer with 1:17 left put West Virginia ahead 72-70 before Brown answered a minute later.
Staten missed a layup in traffic in the closing seconds that would have won it for the Mountaineers.


No. 14 Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 62
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and Kentucky beat Vanderbilt for the Wildcats' fourth straight victory.
Aaron Harrison added 14 points and Andrew Harrison 10 and Kentucky (12-3, 2-0) started off a two-game road swing through the Southeastern Conference with a win. Julius Randle had 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has nine freshmen, the same number of total players Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has available right now with leading scorer Eric McClellan first suspended from the university Wednesday before being dismissed from the program on Friday.
That left senior Rod Odom as Vandy's leading scorer averaging 13.8 points a game, and he spent 10 minutes of the first half on the bench because of foul trouble. He finished with five points.
Damian Jones had a game-high 18 points for Vanderbilt. Kyle Fuller had 17 points and 10 assists, and Dai-Jon Parker added 17.


No. 18 Kansas 86, No. 25 Kansas St. 60
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and Kansas beat Kansas State in its latest Sunflower Showdown beat down.
Another of the Jayhawks' ballyhooed freshmen, Joel Embiid, contributed 11 points and nine rebounds, and Perry Ellis scored 12 in their sixth straight win over their I-70 rivals.
Kansas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) shot 56 percent from the field and committed just seven turnovers while beating the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) for the 48th time in the last 51 meetings. That includes eight wins in the Big 12 tournament, among them last year's championship game.
The defeat ended the Wildcats' 10-game winning streak.


No. 19 Massachusetts 73, St. Bonaventure 68
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Trey Davis missed nine of his first 10 shots from the floor before scoring a pair of baskets in the closing two minutes to help Massachusetts rally for a win over St. Bonaventure.
Raphiael Putney led the Minutemen (14-1 overall, 2-0 Atlantic-10) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cady Lalanne scored 16 and Davis finished with eight.
UMass point guard Chaz Williams, the team's leading scorer, missed 6 of 7 shots and finished with eight points and nine assists.
Charlon Kloof led St. Bonaventure (11-5, 1-1) with 15 points and seven assists, and Youssou Ndoye scored 11.
The Bonnies lost their 23rd straight game against a ranked team, with the last win coming against then-No. 20 Temple on Jan. 15, 2000.


No. 21 Missouri 70, Auburn 68
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points to lead Missouri to a victory over Auburn on Saturday.
Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points for Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).
Unable to get off a tying 3-pointer, Chris Denson missed a layup with 5 seconds left but drew the foul for Auburn (8-5, 0-2). He made one free throw then Torren Jones stepped on the baseline after rebounding the missed second attempt.
Wes Clark batted away Tajh Shamsid-Deen's long inbounds pass to end the game and Jabari Brown collected the ball just before time ran out.
KT Harrell led Auburn with 27 points.


No. 24 Memphis 79, Temple 69
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shaq Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Memphis to a win over Temple.
Down four early in the second half, Memphis (12-3, 3-1 American) used a 17-6 run lasting nearly seven minutes to finally pull away and successfully follow up its win at No. 12 Louisville on Thursday. Memphis is only the second ranked team to win at Temple in the past six seasons. Then No. 1 Kansas topped the Owls in the 2009-10 season.
The Owls led 49-48 with 13:46 to play but came undone after switching to a zone defense out of a timeout. After air-balling its first attempt against the zone, Memphis hit three quick threes to spark a run and take a 10-point lead with 6:55 remaining.
Dalton Pepper scored 24 to lead Temple.