ACC Hoops Week 2 in Review: Nov 14th-20th

TSR looks back at how the ACC performed in week two of the basketball season.

ACC Week 2 in Review (Sunday 11/14-Saturday 11/20) (All rankings based on ESPN as of 11/20)

Boston College (1-1): The Eagles lost for the third straight year to an Ivy League school at home, when they fell to Yale, 75-67, Thursday. Harvard has beaten them at home the last two years.

The Eagles allowed the Bulldogs to hit 12 3-pointers (12-of-21) and watched Austin Morgan score 25 points.

Reggie Jackson led Boston College with a career high 30 points, and Corey Raji added 12 points.

Clemson (3-0): The Tigers beat Wofford at home on Monday, 78-70, and beat Long Beach State Friday at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands 69-55.

Clemson had a balanced offence Monday against a talented Wofford team. “This is one of those wins that will look better in March,” said coach Brad Brownell.

Friday, the Tigers never trailed against Long Beach State, and guard Tanner Smith tied a career-high with 17 points.

The Tigers have shot at least 50 percent from the field in all three games this season.

1 Duke (3-0): The Blue Devils dominated their first three opponents of the year, beating Princeton, 97-60 (Sunday), Miami (OH), 79-45 (Tuesday), and Colgate, 110-58 (Friday).

The Blue Devils forced 27 turnovers against Princeton and Kyrie Irving was the first freshman point guard to start a season for coach K. since Jason Williams in 1999, and he scored 17 points.

Seth Curry (Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry’s brother) led all scorers with 17 points against Miami (OH) as the Blue Devils won despite Kyle Singler’s 3-of-11 shooting.

Senior Nolan Smith had 18 pts and nine assists against Colgate, and Irving added 13 points and nine assists himself. “We’re both trying to get double-doubles every night,” said Irving.

Florida State (4-0): The Seminoles dropped UNC-Greensboro, 97-73 (Sunday), Gardner-Webb, 78-53 (Tuesday), and in-state rival Florida International, 89-66 (Thursday).

The Seminoles never trailed on the road against UNC-Greensboro, and Chris Singleton recorded a triple double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals.

Singleton came right back with a career-high 30 points on 10-of-11 shooting and 12 rebounds at home against Gardner-Webb. He scored 15 of the Seminoles first 25 points.

Guard Deividas Dulkys led the Seminoles on the road at Florida International with 22 points, six rebounds. A 10-0 run in the second half helped the Seminoles pull ahead.

Georgia Tech (3-1): The Yellow Jackets lost on the road at Kennesaw St. Monday against an Atlantic Sun team that had never beaten any ACC team ever, 80-63. The Jackets trailed by 20 points in the first half; Iman Shumpert scored 20 points and Glen Rice Jr. added 15 in the loss.

On Wednesday, Shumpert prevented the Yellow Jackets from losing two in a row by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 78-51 win against Albany at home.

The starter sat most of the second half Saturday against visiting Niagra in a 77-51 win. Rice Jr. had 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Jackets.

TERPS (3-2): Maryland handled Maine on Sunday, but dropped the two against No. 4 Pittsburgh and No. 16 Illinois in Madison Square Garden; two games that could have gone either way.

Miami (2-1): The Hurricanes battled on the road against No. 19 Memphis Monday in a 72-68 loss. Sophomore center, 6’10’’, 295-pounds emerged for the ‘Canes being a force in the paint scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Guards Duran Scott and Malcolm Grant scored 20 and 18 points.

Miami dominated the boards against Memphis, winning the battle 51-31 and were tied at 66 with a minute left. A block on Scott’s layup set up the Tigers the other way that ended the ‘Canes’ chances.

The Hurricanes came back Friday with a win an 88-65 win at home against North Carolina Central where they never trailed in the game. Grant scored eight points and Scott scored three, just shy of their 20 point averages on the season.

8 North Carolina: The Tar Heels handled Hoftra Thursday night with a convincing 107-63 win at home. Freshman Harrison Barnes scored 19 points in 20 minutes of play, and added seven rebounds and two assists.

Friday, the Heels lost in Puerto Rico at the Tip-Off tournament in a game they never led in the second half. Barnes missed all 12 of his shots and ended with six points. Zeller scored 16 points.

As news of the loss spread to Cameron Indoor Stadium as Duke was beating Colgate, the Cameron Crazies began a “Minnesota” chant.

North Carolina State (3-0): The Wolfpack were home Thursday to beat East Carolina 85-65, then traveled to George Mason Friday to for another win, 78-65.

Freshman guard Lorenzo Brown scored 16 points, against ECU, and five Pack players scored in double figures.

The Pack’s win against George Mason earned them a spot in the Charleston Classic finals. Scott Wood hit four 3-pointers and freshman Ryan Harrow scored 14 points.

Virginia (2-1): The Cavaliers beat USC Upstate at home 74-54 on Monday and traveled to Stanford Thursday where they lost 81-60.

Against USC Upstate, it took a 25-6 run in the second half to secure the win, which was led by freshman Billy Baron scoring nine of his 14 points during the spurt.

Virginia’s loss at Stanford makes it seven straight against the Cardinals. The Cavaliers allowed five players to score in double figures. Mustapha Farrakhan scored 14 points for the Cavs.

Virginia Tech (1-1); The Hokies dropped their only game of the week on the road against No. 3 Kansas State.

K-States only two seniors, Jacob Pullen (foul trouble) and Curtis Kelly (injured) were less of factors in the game, and the Hokies led 40-38 in the second half until a 28-9 K-State run ended their hopes of a big road win. Two techs from tech’s bench didn’t help in the second half.

Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points for Virginia Tech and added six rebound, five assists, and three steals.

Wake Forest (2-2): The Demon Deacons won the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off 63-56 against Hampton on Monday, lost 90-69 against Virginia Commonwealth in the second round Tuesday, and then went on the road Saturday to beat Elon, 89-70.

Monday the Demon Deacons rallied behind Travis Mckie’s 21 points for their first win. They played sloppy turning over the ball 19 times and had an eight minute stretch without a point.

Jamie Skeen came back to score 15 points for his new team, VCU, in the win against his old team, Wake Forest. The Deacons trailed by only three points at halftime, but a full court press in the second half by VCU led to 22 points off turnovers for the visiting team.

Wake rallied back Saturday as Mckie scored career highs in points, 22, and rebound, 15.

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