Wake wins big in Boston, Duke, Miami, Va. Tech follow suit

No. 2 Wake Forest Defeats Boston College, 83-63

BOSTON, Mass. (AP) – Jeff Teague scored 29 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 with eight rebounds on Wednesday night as No. 2 Wake Forest followed an emotional victory against North Carolina with an easy 83-63 defeat of Boston College, the only other team to beat the Tar Heels.

Wake Forest (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied the best start in school history, matching a record set 82 years ago by the 1926-27 team.

Tyrese Rice scored 20 points for Boston College (13-5, 1-2), which has lost three in a row – all at home and one to Harvard – since its shocking defeat of then-No. 1 and unbeaten North Carolina on Jan. 4.

Double Trouble In Atlanta

ATLANTA — Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler scored 19 points each and the third-ranked Blue Devils overcame their worst shooting game of the season for its seventh straight victory, pulling away for a 70-56 win over sloppy Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.

Duke (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was just 23-of-59 from the field, a 39-percent performance that would have been enough to get them beat on many nights. Not this one.

Georgia Tech (9-7, 0-3) turned it over 18 times, went only 7-of-19 from the free throw line and started with three straight ACC losses for the second straight season.

Lewis Clinch hit a 3-pointer that pulled the Yellow Jackets within 46-41 with just over 8 minutes remaining. But Jon Scheyer hit twice from beyond the arc and Henderson also swished a 3, stretching the margin far beyond comeback range for a team of Georgia Tech’s limited offensive skills.

Second Half Surge Pushes Miami Past Maryland, 62-60

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)–The Miami Hurricanes rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half, and Jack McClinton sank a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to beat Maryland 62-60 on Wednesday night.

Greivis Vasquez sank a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half to help the Terrapins take their largest lead at 52-35 with 12:30 to go. Miami came back thanks to seven 3-pointers, the last three by McClinton, who scored 18 points.

The Hurricanes (13-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth game in a row. The Terrapins (12-4, 1-1) lost in their first road game since Dec. 7.

Lance Hurdle stole the ball from Eric Hayes and drove for a layup to give the Hurricanes their first lead, 59-58, with 1:17 left. Vasquez missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 5 seconds.

Hokies take care of Spiders 62-48

Jeff Allen had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Virginia Tech’s defense held the Richmond Spiders to their lowest scoring output of the season en route to a 62-48 non-conference win Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

With the victory, the Hokies moved to 11-5 overall on the season, winning for the sixth time in their past seven games and improving to 6-1 at Cassell this season. Tech also avenged last season’s 52-49 loss to the Spiders; a loss that played a role in the Hokies not receiving an at-large NCAA Tournament bid.

“They beat us last year and celebrated, and Coach [Greenberg] said that game was pretty much the game that kept us out of the tournament,” said Allen, who recorded his 15th career double-double. “So this year, we didn’t want to have to look back and think, `If we had beat them, we would have done this or done that.'”