Duke tops N.C. State, 70-60, to win ACC tournament

March 08, 2010|By Sports Digest

No. 9 Duke captured its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 2004 by beating North Carolina State, 70-60, in Greensboro, N.C., behind 18 points from tournament Most Valuable Player Jasmine Thomas. Karima Christmas added 13 points for the Blue Devils (27-5), who forced 23 turnovers and out-rebounded the Wolfpack 46-32 in claiming their sixth ACC title and first since winning five in a row from 2000 to 2004. Nikitta Gartrell had 19 points to lead the sixth-seeded Wolfpack (20-13).

Elsewhere: Third seed Navy (17-14) was routed, 72-47, by second seed American in the Patriot League semifinals. Junior center Cassie Consedine paced the Midshipmen in defeat, closing with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds. Angela Myers added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Eagles will play Lehigh in the final; both teams were 13-1 in conference, losing only to each other. ... Marist (25-7) won its fifth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship with a 66-49 victory over Fairfield (19-12) in Albany, N.Y.

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