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Thursday, January 11th
NC STATE 78 - #19 Clemson 77
Trailing by 3 with under 1 second remaining, Clemson G Gabe DeVoe rose up for a tying 3-point attempt from the corner. He missed the shot but was fouled, sending him to the free throw line to force overtime. DeVoe hit his first two, but missed the third, letting NC State hang on for their second straight win over a Top 25 opponent. The Pack led by 12 with 90 seconds left but nearly gave it all back. Clemson cut the lead to 3 when DeVoe laid in a ball with 1.3 seconds remaining. NC State’s inbounds pass bounced off the endline, giving the Tigers a chance to win it before DeVoe’s final free throw clanked off the rim. Wolfpack C Omer Yurtseven finished with a career-high 29 points including 5 three pointers (Yurtseven averages less than 1 attempt from deep per game). Clemson fell just short in an effort to extend their historically good start. The Tigers were led by G Marcquise Reed’s 17 points and DeVoe’s 12 point, 10 rebound double-double.
Saturday, January 13th
#7 DUKE 89 - Wake Forest 71
Duke didn’t have Coach K on the bench and starting G Gary Trent Jr battled some flu-like symptoms but the Blue Devils were able to beat Wake Forest 89-71. Coach K announced shortly before tip off that he was battling a virus and would not coach against the Deacons. Trent was a game time decision with nausea and other symptoms but still played 31 minutes and hit on 6 of 7 three point shots on his way to 19 points. After a close opening segment, Duke started running away from Wake about halfway through the first half, eventually leading by 13 at the break. Marvin Bagley III (30 points, 11 rebounds) and Wendell Carter Jr (15 points, 11 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles. Grayson Allen had a terrible shooting day, not making a field goal, but contributed 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Wake Forest was led by G Bryant Crawford’s 21 points and 6 assists.
#19 CLEMSON 72 - #18 Miami 63
On short rest, Clemson bounced back to knock off a Miami team that was ranked just one spot ahead of them in the AP Poll. The Tigers won the game at the 3 point line, knocking down a season-high 12 treys while holding Miami to 26.1% shooting from distance. Down the stretch, Mark Donnal, Donte Grantham, and Marcquise Reed all hit huge three pointers to help the Tigers put the game away. Grantham led all scorers with 18 points, including 4 3s. Miami was led by Lonnie Walker IV and Anthony Lawrence II, who each scored 16.
#20 North Carolina 69 - NOTRE DAME 68
Notre Dame came so close to knocking off the visiting Tar Heels but a pair of TJ Gibbs shot attempts at the end didn’t fall in, giving North Carolina a one point lead. UNC G Joel Berry II hit a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds left to give the Heels the victory. Despite playing, yet again, without Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell the Irish won the rebound battle 45-37 and held North Carolina to just 28.6% from three point land. However, Notre Dame struggled with turnovers and was uncharacteristically bad scoring around the basket. Gibbs led all scorers with 19 points but needed 20 shots to get there. The Tar Heels were led by Luke Maye, who recorded his 10th double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
#23 FLORIDA STATE 101 - Syracuse 90 (2OT)
Florida State saw a 10 point halftime lead disappear early in the second half but held on to beat Syracuse in two overtimes. Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Terance Mann (concussion), the Seminoles needed some hot shooting late and came out swinging in the second overtime period. FSU scored the first six points of the period and sent Syracuse to their fourth straight loss. Florida State was led by G Braian Angola who scored 24 points. Christ Koumadje, a 7’-4” junior center, came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points. Syracuse was led by G Tyus Battle who played all 50 minutes and scored a game-high 37 points.
BOSTON COLLEGE 86 - Dartmouth 72
Near the end of the first half, Boston College was tied with Dartmouth, Then sophomore PG Ky Bowman got his first points of the game, a 3-pointer that gave BC a 41-38 halftime lead. Bowman carried that momentum into the second half a pair of three point plays on his way to 16 second half points and a comfortable Eagles win. All five BC starters scored in double figures, led by Bowman’s 19 and Jerome Robinson’s 17.
Georgia Tech 69 - PITTSBURGH 54
LOUISVILLE 94 - Virginia Tech 86
Louisville F Deng Adel had a career performance that included a couple of dominant stretches on both sides of the floor in the second half, helping propel Louisville to a 94-86 victory and a 3-1 ACC record. Adel finished with a career-high 27 points along with 11 rebounds and some excellent defensive work in the stretch run. The Cardinals had one of their best shooting nights of the season, hitting on 13 of 23 three point attempts. The Hokies shot the ball fairly well but turned it over 19 times and just generally couldn’t quite keep up with Deng and the Cardinals in the second half. Justin Robinson led VT with 23 points.
Sunday, January 14th
#3 VIRGINIA 68 - NC State 51
Midway through the second half NC State looked like they were about to make a run but Virginia G Devon Hall shut the door on the Wolfpack. Hall, a fifth-year senior, had one of the best games of his career, hitting on 7 of 9 field goal attempts and setting a new career-high with 25 points. Hall and Kyle Guy combined to hit 7 three pointers for the Cavaliers, who hit on 57% of their shots beyond the arc while holding NCST to just 12.5% from the same distance. The Pack had been 3-0 against ranked teams this season but couldn’t hang with the Wahoos. NC State was led by Torin Dorn’s 16 points.
Monday, January 15th
#5 Duke 83 - #25 MIAMI 75
With 8 minutes left, Miami led Duke by 13 points. Then Gary Trent Jr. went to work. The Duke freshmen hit three of his six 3-pointers in a three minute span launching Duke to 15 points over six possessions and into a lead they would not relinquish. Trent finished the game with a career-high 30 points. The Hurricanes outscored the Blue Devils 31-6 on the fast break but had no answer for Trent’s shooting or the combo of Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr down low (28 points, 26 rebounds, 4 blocks). Lonnie Walker IV led Miami with 19 points while Dewan Huell notched a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
BOSTON COLLEGE 81 - Florida State 75
On Monday in Chestnut Hill, Boston College won their third ACC game of the season, topping the total of 2 games they won between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. The Eagles led by 16 at halftime and quickly increased that lead to 21 early in the second half. Florida State made a late comeback attempt but it ultimately fell short. The Seminoles big front court dominated the glass but couldn’t overcome a poor shooting performance. Boston College was led by the guard duo of Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson, each of whom scored 19 points. Terance Mann returned after missing the previous game with a concussion and led all scorers with 21 points.
Tuesday, January 16th
#15 NORTH CAROLINA 87 - #20 Clemson 79
Put 2018 down in the books as yet another season in which Clemson couldn’t beat North Carolina Chapel Hill. Early in the second half, the Tar Heels had an 18 point and it looked like this would be like any other Clemson trip into the Dean Dome. Then the Tigers caught fire, making 15 consecutive field goal attempts and twice cutting the lead down to 2 points. They would get no closer and the Heels pulled away to make it 59-0 against Clemson at home. UNC was led by the hot shooting of Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson, who hit 6 of 9 3-point attempts on his way to 21 points. Marcquise Reed also scored 21 points to lead the Tigers.
Louisville 82 - NOTRE DAME 78 (2 OT)
Matt Farrell returned after missing three games with a sprained ankle but it wasn’t enough to lift Notre Dame over Louisville. This game was a thriller throughout, with neither team ever really pulling out to a significant lead. Farrell was pretty good in his return, leading the Fighting Irish with 23 points and 8 assists but he also took 25 shots and turned the ball over 5 times. Notre Dame’s other star was big man Martinas Geben who hit career highs in both points and rebounds with 22 and 17. The Cardinals were also led by a point guard and a big man. Senior PG Quentin Snider scored a career-high 22 points (on just 12 shots) and set up his teammates to the tune of 7 assists. One of those teammates was Ray Spalding, who recorded a 23 point, 12 rebound double-double.
SYRACUSE 59 - Pittsburgh 45
Syracuse got back to winning ways on Tuesday, snapping a 4-game losing streak by comfortably beating Pitt in the Carrier Dome. The Orange led by 5 at the break and never trailed in the second half. PG Frank Howard had an excellent all around game, leading his team with 23 points and setting a career-high with 7 rebounds plus 4 assists and 5 steals. Pitt’s only double-figure scorer was freshman G Parker Stewart, who put in a career-best 23 points off 7 3-pointers.
Our own Yellow Jackets are the team to watch over the next week with 2 games against Top 25 opponents (vs UVA, at UNC) plus a trip to Tallahassee. The Yellow Jackets are somewhat surprisingly near the top of the ACC Standings at 3-1. Winning even just 1 of these 3 games would be big for Georgia Tech. Winning 2 would be massive and put them back on the NIT radar. There are no ranked-ranked games this weekend but FSU-VT and Notre Dame-Clemson could both be pretty interesting on Saturday. On Tuesday, #20 Clemson travels to #2 Virginia. After losing to UNC, Clemson might slide out of the Top 25, but that is a pretty big game nonetheless.
ACC Standings as of 1/17/2018
|Team||ACC Record||Overall Record|
|Team||ACC Record||Overall Record|
|#15 North Carolina||4-2||15-4|