Clemson, Duke and Wake all rack up ACC men’s wins

The guys we mentioned yesterday; Booker, Henderson, Douglas and Teague all had big nights last evening. We are on to something here.

Steve Martin and Dan Bonner said Leonard Hamilton(Florida State) should be ACC Coach-of-the-Year and that’s one of the key points we were making on Tuesday. We’ll stick with Oliver Purnell and be sure to check out the double-double read on Trevor Booker.

No. 18 Clemson Surge Past Virginia, 75-57

Terrence Oglesby scored 18 points and No. 18 Clemson used its inside power to snap a two-game skid with a 75-57 victory over Virginia on Tuesday night.

Clemson also held Virginia’s star freshman, Sylven Landesberg, to three foul shots. Landesberg came in averaging 17.4 points, but missed all six shots he took.

Calvin Baker had 18 points to lead the Cavaliers (9-17, 3-12), who’ve lost four in a row.

The Tigers had lost back-to-back games to Virginia Tech and Florida State. It was only the second time this season they had lost consecutive games. They trailed the Cavaliers 33-32 early in the second half.

But Oglesby’s outside touch and an assortment of dunks from forwards Trevor Booker, Raymond Sykes and Jerai Grant helped Clemson pull away.

Sykes finished with 14 points while Booker had 13 points and 15 rebounds, his 11th double-double this season.

Duke Battles Back To Take Down Florida State 84-81

Gerald Henderson scored nine of his 21 points in the final 2 minutes to help No. 7 Duke beat No. 24 Florida State 84-81 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Singler scored 20 points, Jon Scheyer added 17 and Henderson had 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (25-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They won their fifth straight, matched the NCAA record for most wins in a decade with 286 and moved a half-game behind No. 2 North Carolina in the league standings.

Toney Douglas scored 27 points for the Seminoles (22-8, 9-6), and his 3-pointer from the right wing gave Florida State a 76-74 lead with 2:25 remaining.

That’s when Henderson took over. He countered with a 3 from the right corner with 1:39 remaining to put Duke up 77-76. After the Blue Devils forced a stop on Douglas, he knocked down two free throws to make it a three-point game with 57.3 seconds left.

Douglas had two defenders in his face as he missed a 3 with about 45 seconds remaining, and the rebound made its way to Henderson — who hustled downcourt, sidestepped one defender and drew contact from Solomon Alabi as he hit a layup.

No. 10 Wake Forest Posts 65-63 Comeback Win at Maryland

Al-Farouq Aminu posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds and No. 10 Wake Forest used a late 11-0 run to earn a 65-63 defeat of Maryland on Tuesday evening at the Comcast Center.

With the win, Wake Forest moves to 23-5 overall and 10-5 in the ACC. The Deacons have posted double-digit ACC wins for the first time since 2004-05 (13-3) and just the third time in the past 12 seasons. Maryland drops to 18-11 overall and 7-8 in league play.

Maryland led by as many as 11 in the first half before Wake staged its comeback in the second period. With the Terrapins holding a 54-48 lead with just over seven minutes left, the Deacons went on an 11-0 run to re-take the lead for good.

James Johnson’s putback at the one-minute mark gave Wake Forest a 61-58 advantage. Johnson then turned around and had a key blocked shot on the defensive end to give the Deacs the ball back.

Jeff Teague went 4-for-5 at the free throw line in the final minute to ice the game for Wake.