College Basketball Roundup
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wednesday’s college basketball roundup …
CLEMSON, S.C. ó Mike Tisdale hit the go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds left then blocked David Potter’s driving shot on No. 18 Clemson’s next possession as Illinois rallied from 23 points down for a 76-74 victory Wednesday night.
The Illini (5-2) looked finished, down 51-28 early in the second half and with leading scorer Demetri McCamey saddled with three fouls and two points.
But Illinois finally got going with a 35-10 run to move in front in the school’s biggest comeback ever.
Demontez Still missed a driving shot at the buzzer for Clemson (6-2).
Illinois broke a three-game losing streak in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Miami 63, Minnesota 58
CORAL GABLES, Fla. ó Freshman Durand Scott scored a season-high 20 points, including consecutive breakaway baskets in the final minute, and the Miami Hurricanes remained unbeaten by rallying past Minnesota 63-58 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes (8-0) won their 15th consecutive non-conference regular season game. They’ve started a season with eight wins in a row four other times, most recently two years ago.
Minnesota (4-3) lost its third game in a row.
Georgia Tech 74, Siena 61
ATLANTA ó Freshman Mfon Udofia scored a career-high 26 points and Georgia Tech beat Siena 74-61 on Wednesday night.
Derrick Favors, who is also a freshman, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (5-1), winners of four straight. Gani Lawal added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Charlotte 80, ECU 68
CHARLOTTE ó DiJuan Harris had 17 points and six assists and Charlotte continued its impressive start to the season with an 80-68 victory over East Carolina.
A year after going 11-20, the 49ers (5-1) used their newfound depth to hold off a late charge from their former conference rival for their third straight win.
Seven players scored at least six points for Charlotte, which led by as many as 19 points in the second half.
Charlotte didn’t need a big game from Boston College transfer Shamari Spears, who was held to 12 points after scoring at least 20 points in his past four games.