No. 1 Duke 68, Clemson 40
Quinn Cook scored a career-high 27 points for Duke (15-0, 2-0 ACC) as they stifled Clemson (8-6, 0-2 ACC) with their pressure defense, holding the Tigers to just 10 points in the first half (their lowest scoring first half in 12 years). Devin Booker led the Tigers with 12 points and 15 rebounds but it was nowhere near enough to make this a competitive game. **Duke forward Ryan Kelly left the game with a right ankle injury early in the second half and did not return. His status is undetermined for Duke’s game Saturday at NC State.
Stat fact: The 10 points allowed in the first half against the Tigers was the fewest points allowed in a half against an ACC team for Duke since February 24, 1979, when they shut out rival North Carolina in the first half.
Virginia 61, North Carolina 52
Virginia (11-3, 1-0 ACC) used a 15-2 run in the second half to take the lead for good over visiting North Carolina (10-4, 0-1 ACC), thanks in large part to junior guard Joe Harris, who finished the game with 19 points for the Cavaliers. Reggie Bullock led the Tar Heels with 22 points, but the Heels as a team only shot about 37 percent from the floor, and that would doom them in their ACC opener. James Michael-McAdoo was the only other player in the game to score in double-figures, finishing the contest with ten points, but only made four of his nine shot attempts from the floor. The win gave Virginia their first win over North Carolina at John Paul Jones Arena.
No. 1 Duke 80, Wake Forest 62
Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry each had 22 points for the Blue Devils (14-0, 1-0 ACC) as they rolled over Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1 ACC), despite 22 points and 11 rebounds by Demon Deacon forward Travis McKie. The Devils hit 11 three-pointers on 24 attempts and forced 19 Wake Forest turnovers.
No. 23 NC State 78, Boston College 73
The Wolfpack (12-2, 1-0 ACC) escaped the Eagles’ (8-6, 0-1 ACC) upset bid in Chestnut Hill, as ten players scored in double-figures in the conference-opener for both teams. Freshman Rodney Purvis led six NC State players in double-figures with 19, and Richard Howell had yet another double-double for the Pack with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles.
Maryland 94, Virginia Tech 71
Maryland (13-1, 1-0 ACC) was very impressive as they dismantled Virginia Tech (9-5, 0-1 ACC) thanks to freshmen Seth Allen (21 points) and Jake Layman (20 points). Erick Green scored 28 points to try and keep the Hokies in the ballgame but it was nowhere near enough as they never got the Terrapin lead closer than 15 in the second half in the ACC opener for both teams.
Miami 62, Georgia Tech 49
Miami (10-3, 1-0 ACC) handed Georgia Tech (10-3, 0-1 ACC) their first loss ever in the new McCamish Pavilion thanks to a career high 22 points off the bench from Rion Brown. The Hurricanes dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Jackets 40-29 for the game. Georgia Tech hit just 17 of 52 shots, as they played from behind the whole second half.
Florida State 71, Clemson 66
The Seminoles (9-5, 1-0 ACC) held off a furious second half rally by the Tigers (8-5, 0-1 ACC) thanks to Okaro White (who scored 15 points to lead the ‘Noles) when he stole a Clemson in-bounds pass with 17 seconds left, giving Florida State a road victory. Clemson forward Devin Booker led all scorers in the ACC opener with 19 points and 11 rebounds.