Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 14th)
Final Score: Boston College 84, Georgia Tech 64
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Olivier Hanlan buried eight 3-pointers en route to a freshman Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament record 41 points, as Boston College defeated Georgia Tech, 84-64, in a first-round matchup on Thursday at Greensboro Coliseum.
Hanlan, fresh off being named ACC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, shot 14- of-18 from the field and knocked down his final 12 shots to help the Eagles (16-16) earn their fourth straight victory.
Joe Rahon added 15 points and Ryan Anderson chipped in 11 for Boston College, which will take on top-seeded Miami-Florida in a quarterfinal matchup on Friday.
Marcus Georges-Hunt paced Georgia Tech (16-15) with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Mfon Udofia followed with 10 points for the Yellow Jackets, who were coming off a 74-72 setback at Boston College on March 9.
Georgia Tech opened the contest on a 15-0 outburst and held a 28-14 lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half before Hanlan took over, as the sensational freshman scored 17 points over the final seven minutes of the half to help the Eagles close the frame on a 24-5 surge and take a 38-33 cushion into the break.
Daniel Miller opened the second stanza with a layup to bring Georgia Tech within three, but Hanlan scored eight of Boston College's next 11 points to push the margin to 49-37 with 16:15 left.
Georgia Tech got as close as eight with just over 13 minutes to play before Hanlan nailed a triple to spark a 12-3 BC run which gave the Eagles a double- digit cushion for good.
Final Score: North Carolina State 80, Virginia Tech 63
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Richard Howell donated a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, as North Carolina State cruised past Virginia Tech, 80-63, on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.
C.J. Leslie followed with 15 points, while Scott Wood and T.J. Warren tallied 13 points apiece for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (23-9), who will take on fourth-seeded Virginia in a quarterfinal matchup on Friday.
ACC Player of the Year Erick Green managed just 15 points on 5-of-19 shooting in his final collegiate game, while Jarell Eddie paced the Hokies (13-19) with 21 points in the setback, Virginia Tech's third in a row.
The teams exchanged buckets for much of the first half until a Warren jumper sparked a 10-2 NC State run to give the Wolfpack a 34-27 lead with 3:21 left.
NC State carried a 38-32 cushion into the break and with the margin back at six, 48-42, just over five minutes into the second, Warren buried a 3-pointer to send the Wolfpack on an 11-0 sprint to make it 59-42 with 12 minutes to play.
The Hokies never recovered, as NC State led by double digits the rest of the way.
Final Score: Maryland 75, Wake Forest 62
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Dez Wells scored a game-high 21 points, leading five players in double figures, as the Maryland Terrapins defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 75-62, in the first round of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.
Alex Len and Seth Allen added 11 points apiece for the seventh-seeded Terps (21-11), followed by Nick Faust and Pe'Shon Howard with 10 points each. With the victory, Maryland advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament versus second-seeded Duke.
The 10th-seeded Demon Deacons (13-18) were paced by C.J. Harris who tallied 19 points, but he shot just 5-of-15 from the floor. Devin Thomas tacked on 14 points in the setback as well.
Wake Forest handled the action in the paint in the first half, outscoring the Terps by a 16-8 margin, allowing the Demon Deacons to secure a 35-30 advantage at the break.
In the second half Wake dropped to only 36.4 percent accuracy from the floor, including 1-of-9 behind the 3-point line, as Maryland began to pull away for the double-digit victory.
The Terps finished the meeting hitting on 7-of-15 behind the 3-point line and also outscored the Demon Deacons by a 22-12 margin at the charity stripe.
Final Score: Florida State 73, Clemson 69
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - The sixth-seeded Florida State Seminoles will advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to face the third-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels after defeating No. 11 seed Clemson, 73-69, in the first round at Greensboro Coliseum.
Florida State (18-14) has won three in a row. Okaro White led the squad with a career-high 24 points. Devon Bookert and Terrance Shannon each added 12 points, while Michael Snaer had 10 points and five assists.
The Tigers (13-18) have lost seven consecutive games to finish out their season and have not topped 70 points since late January. Jordan Roper led Clemson with 18 points, while K.J. McDaniels had 16 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Devin Booker contributed 11 points and Damarcus Harrison grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Clemson led 35-30 at halftime after shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range and holding Florida State to 1-of-4 from beyond the arc in the opening stanza.
In the second half, Florida State outscored the Tigers 43-34 while holding them to just 36.4 percent from the field. The Seminoles went on a 17-5 run midway through the half, and Snaer went on to hit four clutch free throws in the final moments to lock up the win.
Florida State finished the contest shooting 48.9 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the foul line.
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