Sunday, February 10, 2008

From combined dispatches

Wake Forest 80, Virginia 64

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — James Johnson had 21 points while Ishmael Smith turned in a strong second-half performance yesterday to help the Demon Deacons (14-8, 4-5 ACC) beat the Cavaliers (11-11, 1-8).

Smith scored 13 of his 15 points after halftime for Wake Forest, which bounced back from a rare home loss earlier this week. The Demon Deacons lost to Georgia Tech 89-83 on Wednesday to end their league-best 16-game home winning streak, but they never trailed.

Sean Singletary scored 21 points to lead Virginia, which hung around most of the way yet were unable to end the skid that has dragged them to the bottom of the league standings. Virginia has lost nine of 10, including eight straight ACC road games.

Both teams needed this win badly. While the Cavaliers can’t get anything to go right just a season after tying North Carolina for the regular-season conference crown, the Demon Deacons are trying to shore up their postseason resume.

GW 57, Dayton 54

Wynton Witherspoon hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to give the Colonials (6-13, 2-7 A-10) a win over the Flyers (16-6, 4-5) at Smith Center, snapping George Washington’s seven-game losing streak.

After Dayton tied the game on a basket by Brian Roberts with 35 seconds left, GW held the ball for the last shot. Maureece Rice was ready to launch a contested jumper from the right corner, changed his mind in mid-air and instead passed to Witherspoon, who made the game-winner from the right wing.

Navy 78, Bucknell 72

ANNAPOLIS — Kaleo Kina scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Midshipmen (11-12, 4-4 Patriot) to a victory over the Bison (10-13, 5-4) at Alumni Hall.

Greg Sprink added 22 and Chris Harris 19 for Navy, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to Bucknell.

ODU 72, G. Mason 64

NORFOLK — Abdi Lidonde scored 15 points to lead the Monarchs (12-13, 7-6 CAA) to a win over the Patriots (17-7, 9-4).

Old Dominion never trailed and led 42-31 at halftime.

The Monarchs twice built leads of 15 points in the second half and held on despite shooting just 26 percent (7-for-27) from the floor in the second half.

Folarin Campbell led George Mason with 28 points, and Will Thomas had 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Miami 74, Va. Tech 71

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Jack McClinton scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and the Hurricanes (16-7, 3-6 ACC) ended a three-game skid with a victory over the Hokies (14-10, 5-5), their first road win in the ACC in more than a year.

UMES 59, Howard 56

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Freshman point guard Marc Davis scored 20 points, including making five of six shots from the free throw line in the final minute, to help the Hawks (3-21, 1-8 MEAC) to a win over the Bison (5-18, 2-7).

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