|Duke PG Quinn Cook had 9 points and 9 assists in Friday's win over VCU. (US Presswire)|
ACC Scoreboard for Nov. 23
Virginia Tech 87, Appalachian State 76: PG Erick Green scored a game-high 27 points as Virginia Tech (5-0) got the home win. Hokies SF Jarell Eddie added 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 4 for 5 on 3s. Virginia Tech made 30 of 39 free throws and shot 50 percent from the field. Mountaineers F Jay Canty had a team-high 21 points.
Clemson 69, UTEP 48: F Milton Jennings scored 18 points and had seven rebounds as Clemson (3-1) bounced back to get a win over UTEP (1-3) in the consolation round of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. Jennings was 4 for 5 from beyond the arc, and the Tigers made 12 of their 16 3-point attempts. Clemson will play Marist on Sunday in the fifth-place game.
Wake Forest 63, William & Mary 57: Wake Forest (3-2) outscored William & Mary (3-2) 40-27 in the second half for the home win Friday evening. Wake Forest G C.J. Harris had a game-high 18 points, and F Travis McKie added 15 points. The Demon Deacons made 20 of 30 free throws, and the Tribe made just 11 of 19 attempts from the line. William & Mary G Marcus Thornton had 17 points.
No. 16 NC State 82, UNC-Asheville 80: NC State (4-1) trailed UNC-Asheville (1-5) 64-57 with 8:29 to play, but F Richard Howell's basket with 3:05 left put the Wolfpack ahead for good as they bounced back from a loss to Oklahoma State. Howell had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead four NC State players in double figures. G Lorenzo Brown had 18 points, and F Scott Wood and F C.J. Leslie each had 14. UNC-Asheville F Jeremy Atkinson had a game-high 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting.
No. 5 Duke 67, VCU 58: Duke (5-0) did not make a field goal from the 8:18 mark in the second half until there were 12 seconds left, but the Blue Devils held on to beat VCU (3-2) in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. C Mason Plumleehad 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils. Duke allowed 16 offensive rebounds and were just 3 of 16 on 3-point attempts, but the Blue Devils were 24 of 27 from the free throw line. VCU shot just 32.8 percent from the field and 20 percent on 3s. Rams F Juvonte Reddic had 16 points and 12 rebounds. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Basketball blog)
California 68, Georgia Tech 57: California (5-0) used a 23-6 run over a span of 10:03 in the second half to defeat Georgia Tech (3-1) in the semifinals of the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Yellow Jackets PG Mfon Udofia had 16 points in 38 minutes while F Kammeon Holsey had 14 points off the bench. Georgia Tech was outrebounded 38-27 and outscored at the free throw line 19-7. California G Justin Cobbs had a game-high 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting.
Star of the night: Howell, NC State. Howell had season-highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds, but he was also big down the stretch as the Wolfpack avoided an upset at the hands of in-state foe UNC-Asheville. Howell had eight points in the final 4:30, and he made two free throws with five seconds left to push the Wolfpack lead to four points.
Inside the box score – 3 numbers worth a second look
8 -- Duke turned the ball over just eight times against VCU's nonstop full court pressure. Blue Devils PG Quinn Cook had three of those turnovers, but he also had nine assists in 39 minutes. That kind of ball-handling is a great sign for Duke.
5-0 -- Virginia Tech is 5-0 for the first time since 1984-85. The five wins have been by at least nine points, but the Hokies have yet to be tested. Virginia Tech's next three games are against Iowa, Oklahoma State and at West Virginia. That stretch will be telling as to what the Hokies can be capable of this season.
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8 -- Wake Forest freshman G Codi Miller-McIntyre scored eight points in Friday's win over William & Mary. He has failed to score in double figures in the last three games after getting 21 points against UConn. In his past three, Miller-McIntyre has a combined 14 points, five assists and eight turnovers. He needs to be consistent for Wake Forest to take a step forward this season.
Friday's quote of the day: NC State G Brown, according to Luke DeCock of the News & Observer in Raleigh: "Our whole goal was to come out, make a statement after last time, but there were a lot of guys on our team being lethargic."
Nov. 24 games
Detroit at Miami, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Georgia Southern at Maryland, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
No. 5 Duke vs. No. 2 Louisville in the Bahamas, 9:30 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
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