ACC men’s basketball action: Clemson crushes Duke and Miami mashes Wake

Posted by Andy Durham on February 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

Clemson and Miami post top 10 upsets at home; BC wins on the road.

Clemson Rolls Over Duke, 74-47

Trevor Booker scored 21 points, Terrence Oglesby had five 3-pointers and No. 10 Clemson beat No. 4 Duke 74-47 on Wednesday night, the first time the Tigers had consecutive wins over the Blue Devils in 13 years.

Clemson (19-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 20-8 run over the last 8 minutes of the first to take a 33-21 lead. The Tigers extended the lead to as many as 23 points.

Duke (19-3, 6-2) had won 22 straight over Clemson – most in blowout fashion – since the Tigers won three straight in the series in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. The Blue Devils’ run of success ended last March in the ACC tournament semifinals when Clemson beat them 78-74. Booker and the Tigers made sure the regular-season streak ended at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Booker’s two-handed jam with 8:16 left put Clemson up 61-39 – and the began at Littlejohn.

Fans mobbed the court when it was finished, joyously celebrating what they hadn’t watched here since 1997 – a Clemson win over Duke.

Miami Cruises Past Wake Forest, 79-52

Jack McClinton scored a season-high 32 points and the Miami Hurricanes used a zone defense to stymie No. 7 Wake Forest, which lost its second straight game, 79-52 on Wednesday night.

The Demon Deacons struggled throughout on offense and shot a season-low 31.7 percent, including 3-for-20 from 3-point range. Miami led 29-26 at halftime, then pulled away by outscoring Wake Forest 25-8 over the first 9:10 of the second half.

McClinton scored 14 consecutive points for the Hurricanes late in the game. When it ended, fans poured onto the court to celebrate the largest margin of victory over a top 10 opponent in school history.

Eagles Top Virginia, 80-70

Tyrese Rice and Rakim Sanders scored 20 points each as Boston College beat Virginia 80-70 on Wednesday night.

The Eagles (18-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 42-22 at halftime after limiting the Cavaliers to six first-half field goals.

Virginia (7-11, 1-6) lost its sixth straight despite a career-high 32 points by freshman Sylven Landesberg. Jeff Jones added 10 points, but on 2-for-11 shooting as the Cavaliers guards, besides Landesberg, were a combined 6-for-34 from the field. Virginia shot just 33.3 percent overall (23-for-69).

Boston College shot 51.1 percent (24-for-47) and would have put the game away early if not for their 20 turnovers that led to 23 points for the Cavaliers.


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