ACC-Big Ten Basketball Challenge

Iowa’s Andrew Brommer missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 0.4 seconds remaining to allow Boston College to hang on to a 57-55 victory over the Hawkeyes in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge contest in Conte Forum.

Senior Tyrese Rice led the Eagles, netting a game-high 15 points in 24 minutes of action.

Rice sank four straight free throws – with 5:08 and 4:45 remaining in regulation – to give BC a 56-45 advantage. The visiting Hawkeyes answered with a 10-0 run – on four free throws and two three-pointers – to trim the margin to one point with 2:09 to play.

After both teams went scoreless on their next two trips down court, Iowa was forced to foul Rice with 12.5 seconds left. Rice sank the second of two free throws to account for the game’s final point.

Clemson Outlasts Illinois, 76-74
Demontez Stitt scored 18 points and Trevor Booker had 16 to lead Clemson to a 76-74 win over Illinois on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Raymond Sykes and K.C. Rivers added 14 points apiece for Clemson (8-0), which overcame a 40-32 halftime deficit to earn their fifth straight win in the challenge.

Clemson turned the tables on defensive-minded Illinois (6-1) by causing havoc in the backcourt with a full court press, forcing 17 turnovers.

After shooting 56 percent in the first half Illinois went cold down the stretch, going 2-for-8 from the field in the final five minutes. Illinois wasn’t able to get a shot off in the final seconds.

Singler Leads No. 4 Duke Past No. 9 Purdue, 76-60
Kyle Singler had 20 points and 12 rebounds and No. 4 Duke beat No. 9 Purdue 76-60 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Jon Scheyer scored 20 points and Nolan Smith added 12 for the Blue Devils (8-0).

Robbie Hummel had 15 points and eight rebounds and JaJuan Johnson added 12 for the Boilermakers (5-2). E’Twaun Moore, Purdue’s leading scorer, went scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 points.

Duke outrebounded Purdue 49-29 and held the Boilermakers to 37 percent shooting. Purdue was just 2-of-13 on three-pointers.

Duke improved to 10-0 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It was the Blue Devils’ first test against a ranked team this season.

Ohio State Rallies to Down Miami, 73-68
Ohio State erased a 14-point second-half deficit Tuesday night, mounting the comeback to beat the 21st-ranked Hurricanes 73-68.

Jon Diebler scored 20 points and Evan Turner had 19 for the Buckeyes (4-0), who won for only the second time in seven games in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Miami (4-2) fell to 0-3 in the series.

Miami led 36-21 late in the first half and 38-24 early in the second but sorely missed Jack McClinton. The senior guard was ejected for a flagrant foul midway through the first half after hitting 4-of-4 three-point shots for 12 points in eight minutes.

The Hurricanes were already without reserve guard Eddie Rios, suspended indefinitely Tuesday for a violation of team rules. With their backcourt depleted, Ohio State’s full-court pressure began to take a toll in the second half.

Virginia Falls at Minnesota in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Freshman Colton Iverson had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Minnesota to a 66-56 victory over Virginia on Tuesday night.

Blake Hoffarber scored 12 points, Damien Johnson had three steals and three blocks and Al Nolen added five steals for defensive-minded Minnesota (7-0), which scored 20 points off 19 Virginia turnovers.

Star freshman Sylven Landesberg scored 10 points on 1-for-11 shooting for the Cavaliers (3-3), who shot just 31 percent from the field. The McDonald’s All-American entered the night leading young Virginia in scoring with 20.8 points per game. But his lone field goal came with 1:31 to play and the outcome already decided.


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