ACC roundup: North Carolina upsets Wake Forest

Tar Heels move to 15-14 with road win

Yellow Jackets knock off Eagles

February 28, 2010|By From Sun news services

Freshman Leslie McDonald scored a season-high 16 points and North Carolina ended a three-game losing streak by beating host Wake Forest, 77-68, on Saturday.

Will Graves had 13 points and Larry Drew II added 10 for the Tar Heels (15-14, 4-10 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The defending national champions, who entered having lost 10 of 12, avoided falling below .500 by locking down on Al-Farouq Aminu and winning their first road game this season outside of North Carolina.

Ari Stewart had 16 points to lead the Demon Deacons (18-8, 8-6). L.D. Williams finished with 14 before fouling out in the final minute, and his 3 pulled Wake Forest to 71-68 with 57.3 seconds left.

McDonald followed that with a layup seven seconds later, then drew a key charge on C.J. Harris with 42 seconds to play. North Carolina was 4-for-6 from the free-throw line after that.

Ishmael Smith added 12 points on 5-for-21 shooting for the Demon Deacons, who have lost three straight since spending a week in the national rankings and were beaten at home by an ACC team for the first time this season.

Neither team led by more than five until the Tar Heels used a big run to dig out of their only deficit of the second half. They outscored Wake Forest 16-5 to claim the first double-digit lead for either team.

McDonald hit a 3 with 12:25 left to put North Carolina ahead to stay, John Henson dunked off an inbound pass and McDonald came through with a clutch third-chance putback. Graves capped the burst with a 3 to stretch the lead to 57-47 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.

The Tar Heels finally have something to celebrate in a centennial season that threatened to be slipping away.

Georgia Tech 73, Boston College 68: Iman Shumpert scored 24 points, including nine straight late in the second half, and Derrick Favors added 14 points to lead the host Yellow Jackets over the Eagles.

Tech (19-9, 7-7), improved to 14-1 at home. The Yellow Jackets had lost three of four.

Boston College (14-14, 5-9) was led by Joe Trapani with 28 points. Reggie Jackson added 13 points and Corey Raji had 12 for the Eagles, who saw their two-game winning streak broken.

With Georgia Tech leading 56-45 with 8:49 left, Shumpert hit four straight shots, including a 3-pointer, to give the Yellow Jackets a 65-53 lead with 4:06 remaining. The Yellow Jackets' biggest lead of the second half was 15 at 54-39 with 11:24 left. They led 73-61 with 22 seconds left before the Eagles scored the last seven points.

Shumpert hit a 3-pointer on Georgia Tech's first possession, and the Yellow Jackets went on to a 7-0 lead and never trailed.

Boston College had 21 turnovers and 10 shots blocked.

Georgia Tech led 37-30 at halftime. The Yellow Jackets had their biggest lead of the half at 30-16 with 6:50 left before intermission on a basket by Favors. Maurice Miller had five points in the run.

North Carolina State 71, Miami 66: Tracy Smith and Javier Gonzalez scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack over the host Hurricanes.

The Wolfpack (16-13, 4-10) took the lead for good on Dennis Horner's two free throws with 1:10 left for a 64-63 lead. Gonzalez converted six free throws in the next 35 seconds to secure the North Carolina State victory.

Down by nine early in the second half, North Carolina State took a 57-54 lead on Gonzalez's 3-pointer with 5:06 remaining, but James Dews' 3-pointer with 3:32 left tied it at 59.

The Wolfpack suffered a scare when Smith favored his right knee after colliding with Miami's Durand Scott with 5:45 left in the second half. Smith was escorted to the bench but returned on the next dead ball.

Dwayne Collins led Miami (18-10, 4-10) with 15 points.

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