N.C. State tops No. 23 Wake

Demon Deacons lose 2nd in row

BC defeats UNC

February 21, 2010|By From Sun news services

Farnold Degand hit two 3-pointers in the decisive second-half run that helped host North Carolina State beat No. 23 Wake Forest, 68-54, on Saturday.

Tracy Smith scored 14 points to lead the Wolfpack (15-13, 3-10 Atlantic Coast Conference), which led the entire game but needed three straight 3s from Degand and Javi Gonzalez with about six minutes left to get control.

N.C. State broke a five-game losing streak, earned its first league victory in a month and beat its instate rival at home for the fifth straight time.

"Definitely you get tired of losing," said Wolfpack senior Dennis Horner, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds. "This puts us on a path to finish the ACC season, and hopefully we can get a streak going of wins now that will lead us into the ACC tournament."

It marked the second time this week that North Carolina took a 10-point halftime lead against a team jockeying for position in the upper tier of the ACC standings. But unlike Wednesday night's collapse against Maryland, N.C. State finished this one off.

Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (18-7, 8-5), who have lost two straight.

Clemson 72, Virginia 49: Jerai Grant tied a career best with 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting as the Tigers beat the visiting Cavaliers.

Clemson (19-7, 7-5) never trailed in this one, finishing a three-game homestand perfect to state its case for an NCAA bid and move into the top half of the ACC. The Tigers shot 51.9 percent and made 12 of 13 free throws.

The freefall continues for Virginia (14-11, 5-7), which lost its fourth game in seven days and is 2-6 since first-year coach Tony Bennett opened with three ACC wins in a row.

The Cavaliers shot just 35 percent from the field, were 2-for-13 on 3-point attempts and put up at least five airballs.

Mike Scott led Virginia with 14 points, while Sammy Zeglinski added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Boston College 71, North Carolina 67: Reggie Jackson, making his first start of the season at point guard, scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to lift the host Eagles to a win over the struggling Tar Heels.

Corey Raji had 16 points and Rakim Sanders 14 for Boston College (13-13, 4-8).

Deon Thompson paced North Carolina (14-13, 3-9) with 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Tar Heels, who shot 39 percent, lost their ninth in 11 games. It's their worst stretch since losing 11 of 12 in 2001-02.

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