ACC Men’s hoop update: Hokies upset Tigers, Duke hangs on and makes Terrapins tap

Posted by Andy Durham on February 26, 2009 at 10:39 am under College | Comments are off for this article

Hokies snap recent skid with huge road win at No. 12 Clemson

As expected, the Virginia Tech-Clemson basketball series stayed true to form, coming down to the final few possessions. This time around, though, Tech got two clutch free throws from A.D. Vassallo and played terrific defense in the waning seconds to secure an 80-77 victory over the Tigers in an ACC game played Wednesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Delaney won scoring honors over Oglesby in this one, finishing with 26 points on 8-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. He also dished out six assists.

Vassallo added 21 points, hitting 6-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. As a team, Tech shot only 43.3 percent, but tied a season high with 11 3-pointers. The Hokies hit 11-of-19 from beyond the arc, a 57.9 percentage that easily is their season high.

Oglesby paced Clemson 22 points and he, too, hit four 3-pointers. Booker added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Duke Outlasts Maryland, 78-67

This Duke-Maryland game was far closer than the previous matchup and much more indicative of one of college basketball’s great rivalries. The result, however, was identical.

Gerald Henderson scored 19 points, Jon Scheyer hit a key 3-pointer with 1:54 left, and No. 7 Duke spoiled the Terrapins’ upset bid with a 78-67 victory Wednesday night.

Eager to avenge an 85-44 loss to the Blue Devils last month and build on Saturday’s win over then-No. 3 North Carolina, the Terrapins forged a tie with 5:44 left. But Duke (23-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away, and by the time Scheyer’s pivotal shot from beyond the arc made it 72-63, the volume of the sellout crowd had already dropped several decibels.

Landon Milbourne scored 19 points for Maryland (17-10, 6-7), which played much of the second half without leading scorer Greivis Vasquez, who was saddled with foul trouble.

Elliot Williams had 15 points and Scheyer had 12 for the Blue Devils, who ended a three-game road losing streak in the ACC.

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