Wednesday, January 16, 2002

N.C. State wins wild one in ACC

Putback in final seconds lifts Wolfpack

The Associated Press

        CLEMSON, S.C. — Freshman Josh Powell's putback shot with 2.1 seconds to go capped a crazy finish in North Carolina State's 80-79 victory against Clemson on Tuesday night.

        Trailing 79-78 after Tony Stockman's 15-footer with 10.8 seconds left, Anthony Grundy, who led the Wolfpack (13-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 22 points, drove the right baseline before his attempt came off the rim. But Powell, a 6-foot-9 freshman, was in front of the basket and easily put home the game-winner.

        North Carolina State looked dead when Edward Scott's driving bucket put the Tigers (11-7, 2-3) ahead 77-72 with 1:57 remaining.

        But Scooter Sherrill hit his fifth 3-pointer — it was the Wolfpack's season-high 15th from behind the arc — and Grundy converted a three-point play to go ahead 78-77 and set up the final moments.

        Powell's bucket was the last in a game of wild swings.

        The Wolfpack made 12 consecutive shots, including eight 3-pointers, during one stretch of the first half and led 44-33 by halftime.

        Clemson, however, which shot 61.2 percent (30-of-49) for the game, went on a 25-13 run to take the lead, 58-57, on Chris Hobbs' inside basket with 12:59 to go.

        The lead changed 12 times after that, the final time on Powell's follow.

        Stockman's desperate 60-footer at the buzzer was no good and Wolfpack players swarmed Powell.

        The Wolfpack had lost four of their past six to Clemson and had been blown out by Duke, 76-57, this past Sunday.

        Sherrill finished with 18 points, going 5-of-7 on 3-pointers.

        Jamar McKnight and Stockman led Clemson with 18 points each. Ray Henderson had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Scott finished with 13 assists.

        North Carolina State's hot first half turned around a 15-7 deficit and was ignited by Grundy, the team's leading scorer this season who did not start.

        Grundy got things going with a bucket. Then after Archie Miller's first 3-pointer, Grundy picked off a crosscourt pass for a breakaway basket and followed with a 3-pointer to tie things at 17-all.

        Things got silly after that. Marcus Melvin, a 6-foot-8 forward, hit a 3-pointer, Illian Evtimov made a long one, Scooter Sherrill connected on two in a row behind the arc and Miller canned another one. Miller's 15-footer was North Carolina State's 12th bucket in a row and put the Wolfpack ahead 37-26.

        Grundy's next three-point attempt rolled in and out to finish the streak.

        No. 24 Miami 76, Pittsburgh 69, 2OT

        MIAMI — Marcus Barnes, whose 3-pointer helped sent the game into overtime, hit a key 3-pointer in the second overtime.

        Barnes missed two free throws with 1.3 seconds to play, and the game went to the second overtime tied at 65. His 3-pointer in the second overtime gave Miami a 70-66 lead with 3:07 to play.

        John Salmons had 25 points for the Hurricanes (16-2, 3-2 Big East).

        Ontario Lett scored a career-high 18 points for the Panthers (15-3, 3-2), who lost their second consecutive game.

        ——— No. 4 Kansas 79, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 61

        STILLWATER, Okla. — Drew Gooden had 17 points and Kirk Hinrich added 15 to lead the Jayhawks (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) to the easy win in their first game after falling out of the No. 1 spot in the poll.

        Fredrik Jonzen had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (15-2, 2-2), who lost consecutive conference games at home for the first time since February 1988. The 18-point loss was the worst at home in Eddie Sutton's 12 years as Oklahoma State's coach.

        ——— No. 10 Virginia 86, No. 14 Wake Forest 74

        CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Travis Watson had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Roger Mason Jr. scored 25 points for the Cavaliers (11-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a 24-14 run to open the second half to take a 65-53 lead.

        Josh Howard had 19 points for the Demon Deacons (13-4, 3-1), who had won four straight ACC road games.

        ——— No. 11 Illinois 77, No. 17 Iowa 66

        CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Brian Cook had 21 points and Frank Williams flirted with a triple-double — 16 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals — for the Illini (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten).

        Luke Recker, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting for the Hawkeyes (13-6, 2-3), while Reggie Evans had 12 points and six rebounds, well off his averages of 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds.

        ——— No. 23 Oregon 71, Willamette 48

        EUGENE, Ore. — Frederick Jones scored 19 points and Luke Ridnour added 14 as Oregon defeated Division III Willamette in a game commemorating the 75th anniversary of McArthur Court.

        On Jan. 14, 1927, the Ducks opened the building with a 38-10 victory over Willamette.

        The victory gave the Ducks (13-4) an 11-0 home record for the first time since 1938.

        B.J. Dobrkovsky led Willamette (11-5) with 13 points.


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