ACC: Maryland crushes Wake Forest, Va. Tech gets by Clemson
Maryland hammered Wake Forest with a 82-60 win on the first day of ACC tourney
ACC leading scorer Terrell Stogling racked up an impressive 25 points in the game
Scott Wood led N.C. State to a 78-57 win over Boston College Thursday afternoon
ATLANTA (AP) -- Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points, including nine straight in a decisive 20-4 run to open the second half, and Maryland ran past Wake Forest 82-60 on Thursday in the lopsided opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Wake Forest led 28-27 late in the first half before Stoglin's basket capped a 9-0 run that helped give Maryland a 36-31 lead at halftime. The Terrapins pulled away in the opening minutes of the second half.
Maryland (17-14) will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in Friday's first quarterfinal game. The Tar Heels swept two regular-season games against Maryland.
Stoglin, the ACC's leading scorer with his average of 21.2 points, had two 3-pointers and hit three free throws when fouled on another 3-point attempt in the 20-4 run, which gave the Terrapins a 56-35 lead.
Freshman Nick Faust had a career-high 19 points and James Padgett had 10 for Maryland, which led 79-50 before pulling its starters.
Stoglin had seven rebounds and four assists.
After winning only four ACC games in the regular season, Wake Forest (13-18) finished a disappointing second season under coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Bzdelik called three timeouts in the first nine minutes of the second half but couldn't find a way to stop the Terrapins.
Travis McKie had 22 points to lead the Demon Deacons, who lacked balance in their scoring. Three players combined for all but eight points.
Nikita Mescheriakov had 16 points before fouling out with 7:12 remaining. C.J. Harris had 14 points.
Maryland is the only team other than Duke and North Carolina to win the tournament since 1997, but the Terrapins are a longshot as the No. 8 seed. The Terrapins won the 2004 tournament.
Harris had 13 points in the first half, including a late 3-pointer that ended the 9-0 run for Maryland.
Led by the super-quick and aggressive Stoglin, the Terrapins ran at every opportunity and had a 12-5 edge in fast-break points in the first half.
Wake Forest guard Tony Chennault fouled out with 5:57 remaining. He did not score and was 0-for-6 from the field.
Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green scored 24 points as the Hokies went on a 9-0 run to take the lead late in the game and hung on to beat Clemson.
There were 10 ties, the last at 52-52. Clemson, the No. 7 seed, then went about 3 minutes without scoring as Virginia Tech, the No. 10 seed, took the lead.
The Hokies (16-16), who ended a four-game losing streak, will play No. 2 seed Duke in Friday night's quarterfinals.
Clemson's Milton Jennings hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to cut the Hokies' lead to 68-63. After Dorenzo Hudson made two free throws for Virginia Tech, the Tigers couldn't make another 3.
Hudson had 19 points.
Devin Coleman led Clemson with 15 points. Jennings and Andre Young each had 13. Tanner Smith had 12.
Clemson (16-15) hurt its comeback chances with poor free-throw shooting. Bryan Narcisse and Devin Booker each made one of two tries in the final minute.
Green provided the assist on Hudson's 3-pointer that snapped a 52-52 tie. Green's 3-pointer with 3:50 remaining pushed the lead to 58-52.
Following a flagrant one foul against Booker, Cadarian Raines sank a free throw to push the lead to seven points.
Dorian Finney-Smith drove for a lay-up with 2:23 remaining, pushing the lead to 61-52.
Booker ended Clemson's drought with a jam with 2:04 remaining.
Green leads Virginia Tech with his average of 15.3 points per game. He posted his first game with at least 20 points since he had 21 against Florida State on Jan. 10.
The teams added another chapter to their history of close games, including a split of two two-point decisions in the regular season. Since Virginia Tech joined the ACC before the 2004-05 season, 11 of 13 games between the teams has been decided by no more than five points.
There were 11 lead changes in the game.
Scott Wood made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to pace North Carolina State.
N.C. State (21-11) raced to a 14-0 lead, turned back several runs by the Eagles (9-22), then pulled away in the closing minutes for a must-win in its bid to make the NCAA tournament.
Wood swished a couple of huge 3s, turning back any hopes of a Boston College comeback. He finished 5-of-9 beyond the arc, sending the Wolfpack into the quarterfinals Friday against Virginia.
Boston College finished with the most losses in school history, eclipsing the dubious mark set by the 1988-89 team that went 6-21.
Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Boston College closed to 43-37 with just under 15 minutes remaining on Anderson's basket, but Wood answered with a pull-up trey. With the Eagles down 48-41, he knocked down another 3 to turn the momentum again.
Despite their first winning record in the ACC since 2006, the Wolfpack came into the tournament resting precariously on the NCAA bubble. They knew they needed at least one win in Atlanta, maybe two, to make a true success of Mark Gottfried's first season as coach.
N.C. State was the only team in the conference with all five starters averaging in double figures, but the Wolfpack went with a more unbalanced approach to open the tournament. Lorenzo Brown had 12 points, C.J. Leslie added 11 and DeShawn Painter chipped in with 10 off the bench.
Lonnie Jackson, with 10 points, was the only other player in double figures for the offensively challenged Eagles, who shot just 39 percent (22 of 57) from the field.
N.C. State stunned the Eagles and the sparse crowd at Philips Arena by scoring the first 14 points. Boston College missed seven straight shots, turned the ball over five times and needed nearly 7 1/2 minutes to get on the scoreboard.
The Eagles were down by as many as 17 in the first half, but they closed the gap when North Carolina State went cold. The Wolfpack missed eight straight shots, allowing Boston College to cut the deficit to 32-24.
But sloppiness in the final seconds cost the Eagles dearly. With a chance to set up for the final shot of the half, Boston College turned it over not once, but twice. Brown stripped the ball away from Jordan Daniels and went in for a layup, also drawing a foul on Daniels. Brown missed the free throw and Boston College rebounded, only to have Daniels give it away again.
C.J. Williams scooped up the loose ball, took off the other way with the clock running down, pulled up beyond the 3-point arc and swished a jumper as the horn sounded. The Wolfpack, who could've been ahead by only six points, instead went to the locker room with a 37-24 lead.
Rion Brown sparked Miami from its offensive woes with back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Hurricanes ripped off an 18-0 run to bury woeful Georgia Tech 54-36 Thursday in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Georgia Tech ended a dismal first season under coach Brian Gregory with its lowest-scoring game ever in the tournament. Also, it was easily the worst offensive showing by any team in the tournament during the shot-clock era.
Miami (19-11) wasn't exactly an offensive juggernaut, shooting just 33 percent. Shane Larkin was their top scorer with a mere 12 points, while Durand Scott added 11 and Brown had 10.
But the Yellow Jackets (11-20) were downright abysmal. They finished with their lowest-scoring game since a 38-36 loss to Auburn on Feb. 7, 1961. It was the third time this season Georgia Tech was held below 40 points at Philips Arena, its temporary home while the campus arena undergoes renovations.
This was the worst one yet.
Mdon Udofia scored 13 points, Brandon Reed chipped in with 11 - and no one else had more than five. Georgia Tech made 14 of 44 shots (32 percent) and turned it over 20 times.
Both teams struggled through the opening half, combining to make 14-of-51 shots from the field and coughing up the ball 15 times. That played into the hands of Georgia Tech, which came in with the ACC's second-worst offense at just 61 points a game. The Yellow Jackets actually went to the locker room with a 20-19 lead, glad to hunker down and make every possession a challenge.
But the Hurricanes finally woke up, going ahead for good when Larkin led a fast break and passed off to Brown, who spotted up for a 3 that made it 29-27. The next time down, Larkin found Brown open again behind the arc for another trey. Another swish. The Hurricanes never let up from there.
Miami advanced to face its state rival, No. 17 Florida State, in Friday's quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Hurricanes are hoping to push their way into NCAA consideration with an impressive showing in Atlanta.
This didn't qualify as impressive, but at least it was a win.
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