College Basketball: Heels, Pack win, Miami Upset

ACC games Wednesday night, North Carolina coasted past Maryland at College Park 79-68 for their sixth win in a row.  P.J. Hairston scored 22 points and Reggie Bullock added nineteen points and 12 rebounds.  UNC closed the first half with a 10-0 run to lead 34-27.  It was also the sixth consecutive win for North Carolina over Maryland.  The Terps were led by Dez Wells with 18 points and Nick Faust had 16.  Carolina is now 22-8 overall, 12-5 in the ACC.  Maryland dropped to 8-9, 20-10 overall.  The Tarheels will host Duke Saturday night in their final regular season game and could tie Duke for second place with a win.  The game will be broadcast Saturday night on Newsradio 1490, with pregame at 8:00PM from the Tarheel Sports Network.

NC State rolled past Wake Forest 81-66 in their final regular season home game.  The win gained revenge for an earlier loss this season for the Wolfpack at Wake.  C.J. Leslie had 19 points and ten rebounds, and T.J. Warren had 15 points to lead State.  Wake was led by Devin Thomas, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds.  The Wolfpack  had a 13-0 run in the first half and led by 15 at halftime.  State improved to 22-8 overall, 11-6 in the ACC and continue their battle with Virginia for one of the top four spots that would give them a first round bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament.  They finish up at Florida State on Saturday.  Virginia plays at Florida State Thursday.

First Place Miami was upset by Georgia Tech at home 71-69.  The loss prevented the Hurricanes from clinching the ACC Regular season title outright.  It was Miami’s first loss at home.  Marcus Georges Hunt followed his own miss with a buzzer beater tipin. The loss dropped Miami to 23-6 overall, 14-3 in the ACC. 

Both of Catawba’s basketball teams were eliminated in the first round of the SAC Tournament.  The Catawba men lost on the road at Anderson 87-72.  Catawba trailed by fifteen at halftime and could never recover.  Tyrece Little had 23 points, and Lee Martin closed his career with 21 points and eight rebounds.  The Indians finished their season at 10-17.  The Catawba women were upset at home by Tusculum 53-47 in overtime.  The Lady Indians finished their season at 16-11.  They had beaten Tusculum twice during the regular season.  The opening round games were played at the higher seed sites, but now the tournament moves to Greensville, South Carolina for the Semifinals Saturday and the Champinshp games on Sunday.

Other games included Charlotte over Duquesne 89-87, as Chris Braswell had 28 points to get the team the overtime win in Pittsburgh.  Charlotte is now 19-10 overall, but still just 7-8 in the Atlantic Ten.  Also East Carolina beat TUlane 88-85.  Also in top Twenty-Five results from Wednesday Villanova upended #5 Ranked Georgetown 67-57, #7 Michigan rallied to beat Purdue 80-75, #11 Florida routed Vanderbilt 66-40, Iowa State upset Oklahoma State 87-76, and #21 VCU beat Richmond 93-82. 

ACC Women’s Tournament starts Thursday with four first round games.  11:00AM Miami vs Virginia  2:00PM  Clemson vs NC State  6:00PM Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest  8:00PM  Virginia Tech vs. Boston College. The tournament continues through Saturday at Greensboro.