College Basketball: Duke crushes NC State

Revenge was sweet and apparent early at Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday night, as #4 ranked Duke crushed NC State 98-85.  Duke led by as many as 21 in the first half, and shot 61% in the half, scoring 58 points.  NC State got the deficit back to single digits at one time in a second half surge, but could never quite get out of the hole that was created in the first half.  Mason Plumlee scoreed 30 points, Seth Curry added 26, and Quinn Cook had twenty one.  Richard Howell led NC State with 23 points, 15 in the second half.  C.J. Leslie had 16 points, and Scott Wood added 14.  The win pushed Duke’s overall record to 20-2, 7-2 in the ACC.  NC State dropped its third straight ACC game and sunk to 5-5 in the conference, and 16-7 overall. 

In other ACC action Thursday, Maryland got past Virginia Tech in Blacksburg 60-55 to even their ACC mark at 5-5 and Virginia crushed Clemson at Charlottesville 78-41 tieing them with North Carolina for third place in the ACC at 6-3, 16-6 overall.  In the Southern Conference, Davidson defeated Western Carolina 73-59, Appalachian State edged out Georgia Southern in overtime 91-86, Wofford edged Elon 60-50, UNC-Greensboro smashed Furman 88-65.  In Women’s play, North Carolina handled Boston College 80-52 and earned Coach Sylvia Hatchell her 900th career win.  She joined Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt in the Women’s 900 win club. 

One major upset again nationally, as top ranked Indiana was beaten by Illinois 74-72 on an open layup with 0.9 seconds left by forward Tyler Griffey.  It was the fifth week in a row that the top ranked team in the nation was losing after becoming number one in the rankings. 

Saturday, the lineup of ACC games includes North Carolina challenging ACC leader and #8 ranked Miami on the Hurricanes home floor.  The game will be broadcast on Newsradioi 1490 with the Tarheel sports network, with pregame coverage starting at 1:00PM and tipoff at 2:00PM.  Miami is the only team that has beaten UNC in Chapel Hill this season, and has a 9-0 ACC record.  Ohter games in the ACC will include Florida State at Wake Forest (Noon) and Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (1:00PM).  Duke plays at Boston College Sunday evening at 6:00PM, with the game also to be broadcast via the Duke network.  Airtime will be 5:00PM on Newsradio 1490.

Local Colleges games on Saturday will have Catawba hosting SAC foe Anderson in a Women’s-Men’s Doubleheader starting with the women’s game at 2:00PM followed by the men’s game at 4:00PM.  Livingstone is hosting CIAA opponent, Shaw, beginning with the Women’s game at 5:30PM, and the Men’s game at 7:30PM.  Pfeiffer is also at Erskine for a Women’s-Men’s Doubleheader Saturday starting at 2:00PM, and the Men at 4:00PM.  Games in the Southern Conference Saturday include:  Elon at Furman, Appalachian State at Davidson, UNC-Greensboro at Wofford, and Western Carolina at Georgia Southern.