Have faith in Haith(Frank)…Miami over Virginia Tech/NC State and Georgia Tech upset winners

Posted by Andy Durham on March 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm under College | 7 Comments to Read

from the ACC men’s basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum….
FINALS:
N.C. State 58
Florida State 52

Georgia Tech 69
Maryland 64

Miami 70
Virginia Tech 65

*****#12 seed Miami over #4 Virginia Tech*****

from www.espn.com:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Durand Scott scored 11 of his 17 points in the final six minutes and last-place Miami continued a stunning run in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a 70-65 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday.

DeQuan Jones added 14 points for the 12th-seeded Hurricanes (20-12), who had lost 11 of 14 games coming into the postseason. They advanced to Saturday’s semifinals against top seed and No. 4 Duke.

Jeff Allen scored 18 points for fourth-seeded Virginia Tech, which couldn’t overcome a miserable performance by ACC leading scorer Malcolm Delaney. He was held to seven points on 3-of-15 shooting, including 0-of-8 from 3-point range.

from www.theacc.com:

GREENSBORO, N.C. -Iman Shumpert scored 14 points and made the key defensive play that lifted Georgia Tech past No. 19 Maryland 69-64 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Maurice Miller added 13 points for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (21-11). They blew most of a 19-point lead and had 25 turnovers, but for the second straight night, they did just enough to advance – this time, to the semifinals for the first time since 2005.

Greivis Vasquez had 17 points on 6 of 21 shooting for the second-seeded seed Terrapins (23-8). They had the ball and were within one possession of the lead six times in the final 4:30 and didn’t score on any of those possessions.

The last chance came when Maryland trailed 67-64 and Vasquez pulled up for a long 3-pointer with about 6 seconds left. Shumpert knocked the ball from his hands, took off downcourt and was fouled. He and Derrick Favors each hit one free throw in the final 3.7 seconds to seal the Yellow Jackets’ first victory in the series since 2004.

from www.theacc.com:

GREENSBORO, N.C.– Scott Wood looked like he couldn’t miss – again – against Florida State. Then NC State’s star player came through with his biggest basket on a tough night.

And just like that, Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack is making another surprise run in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Wood scored 18 points on six 3-pointers to help NC State beat the Seminoles 58-52 in Friday night’s quarterfinals, sending the Wolfpack back to the semifinals for the first time since that memorable run to the championship game in Lowe’s first season three years ago.

Tracy Smith added 13 points for the 11th-seeded Wolfpack (19-14), including that critical jumper to beat the shot clock with about a minute left. NC State next faces seventh-seeded Georgia Tech, which upset No. 19 Maryland earlier Friday in the latest addition to an upset-filled two days in Greensboro.

With the third-seeded Seminoles (22-9) out, it marked the first time in 17 years that three of the top four seeds were eliminated before the semifinals and also the first time in tournament history that the bottom two seeds – 12th-seeded Miami is also still alive – have reached the semifinals. Only fourth-ranked and top-seeded Duke is left among the high seeds.

“I’ve been seeing all the highlights of the games and what it seemed like was all the lower seeds are coming out on top,” Wood said. “I kind of didn’t want to let them all down. That’s just one thing that I noticed and it shows the lower seeds are probably been wanting it a little bit more, and I think that’s how it should be.”

Wood torched the Seminoles in the first meeting and followed up with another hot-shooting performance against a team that featured the top two vote-getters on the league’s all-defensive team. The freshman’s six 3s Friday were the most ever by an NC State player in the tournament.

Wood scored a season-high 31 points and hit seven 3s in the first meeting, an 88-81 road win for the Wolfpack in January.

“He’s one of the best shooters in the NCAA, I think,” senior Dennis Horner said. “When he’s hot, he’s hot. Unfortunately, Florida State’s been on the other end of it.”


  • amused said,

    Still no write up on UNC’s loss, huh?

  • Andy said,

    We had Don covering that game for us and with him being a UNC-Chapel Hill grad, I would think you could understand all the anguish that Don Moore was feeling as that game ended.

    It was the end of many different things, and with all the deaths that we have been reporting here this week, I would not want to see another added to that long list.

    Bryan Adrian, Merlin Olsen, Sandy Scott, the very tragic stroke that Mike Hogewood suffered just last summer….

    We don’t want to see that happen here this week, on this site, with one of our tenured correspondents.

    Don deserves better than that, so let let him recover and we will put that game in the ole’ “L” column/chamber and move on to the next round.

    We also did not have the N.C. State-Clemson result for you as Don’s favorite uncle attended Clemson and he used to pump gas on the weekends at the Esso Club….

    We are on it tonight as long as the Coliseum does not sell out of the Large diet sodas.

    I have been craving one of those for about two weeks now and I hope to have one in hand after the NCAA DIII game at Guilford College tonight.

    Go Quakers! and keep on our GSPN site. We will tell you all you need to know. If you don’t need it, we won’t print it here……

  • Amused said,

    Its all cool man. A simple…”were to bummed to post anything” would have sufficed. I heard Woody Durham didn’t even do the post game, just turned off his mike and went home. So at least you are in “good” company.

    Leaving out NCSU’s big win was just a convenient way to excuse the absence of a write up of UNC’s loss. Plus, you guys hate NC State and have gone to great lengths to disparage Lowe’s lack of success.

    It was classy of you guys to wirte two articles about Wake’s demise to make up for leaving out the others. Great job! Keep up the good work.

  • Lame said,

    Andy, that’s a lame excuse. Especially if you want to be a sports site.

  • Andy said,

    THe lame have been made to walk again, the blind have been made to see and the deaf can hear through major miracles.

    We can still do it. We can climb that mountain and reach the sky.

    As Winston Churchill once said as he gave a commencement address and he said it five times, sitting down each time after he uttered these words and then he was done, his address complete…..

    Churchill said these three words and they have come to us again over the years and here they are again today during the ACC Tournament which Jim Valvano helped write a major chapter in the events modern-day history and here are those three famous words that both Churchill and Valvano found to be so profound and effective,

    On that day Churchill said it and later Valvano as he was at death’s door, said the same thing:

    NEVER GIVE UP!

  • amused said,

    Hey, I think you guys may have missed the night games again? NCSU and Ga Tech won them. Guess you guy had nothing bad to say about Lowe so you saif nothing at all.

  • Andy said,

    Right and I waited until about 12:30am or till 12:45 and they never put anything up on N.C. State at either ACC.Com or at espn.com…..

    They had some blog news, but I’m not using that…..

    We use many different means to reach the end and sometimes the candle is burning at both ends and it is time to blow out the candle and go to bed and give it another shot on the next day…

    Have gone back and added Wolfpack report from last night’s game with Florida State….