College Basketball: ACC Roundup
The ACC roundup …
HIGH POINT ó Everything seemed to line up against Wake Forest. Inspired High Point was playing host to an ACC team for the first time, brought back its most famous alumnus ó and its best player couldn’t miss.
And yet, the Demon Deacons found a way to win.
C.J. Harris and Tony Chennault each scored 20 points and Wake Forest held on to beat hot-shooting High Point 87-83 on Wednesday night.
Travis McKie finished with 18 points for the Demon Deacons (6-3). They hit 70 percent of their shots in the second half ó 14 of 20 ó made 13 3-pointers and led for all but roughly 3 minutes.
Yet they needed to withstand a furious rally to claim their 13th win in 14 meetings between the schools.
“I always go in with a ‘me-against-the-world’ mindset, so it definitely doesn’t mean anything to me that the odds were against us,” McKie said. “We knew that going into the season. Coach has preached about that over and over again ó nobody’s going to give us anything. But we definitely came out here together, players stepped up and we got a big win on the road.”
Nick Barbour had a season-high 35 points and seven of the Panthers’ 15 3-pointers.
“Dude couldn’t miss,” teammate Corey Law said.
Barbour’s 3 with 30.4 seconds left pulled High Point to 85-83. Nikita Mescheriakov, who had been intentionally fouled, and Chennault each hit a free throw to make it a four-point game.
The Panthers couldn’t get a good look during their final possession, with Xavier Martin and Barbour missing 3s in the final 15 seconds.
“Nick Barbour just really was on fire,” Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik said. We went wire-to-wire with a great effort.”
Georgia Tech 68, Georgia 56
ATHENS, Ga. ó Georgia Tech took control with a dominant start to the second half and beat Georgia 68-56.
Virginia Tech 78, Rhode Island 67
KINGSTON, R.I. ó Erick Green scored 18 of 24 points in the second half to lead the Hokies to a 78-67 non-conference victory over struggling URI.
Maryland 77, Mount St Mary’s 74
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ó Terrell Stoglin scored 23 points, James Padgett had 15 and Maryland blew a 16-point lead before rebounding to beat in-state foe Mount St. Mary’s 77-74 Wednesday night.
The Terrapins (5-3) trailed 70-69 with 2:53 remaining.