Friday was a busy night for ACC exhibition games with six, so it's time to start up ACC Roundup. New this year: most links will be on that day's Web Run.
- UNC 82, Pembroke 63
- Syracuse 79, Holy Family 41
- Wake Forest 93, Brevard 66
- Pitt 96, Slippery Rock 60
- Georgia Tech 90, Young Harris 53
- Notre Dame 93, Tusculum 44
Despite not having P.J. Hairston, J.P. Tokoto and Leslie McDonald, UNC rolled. Pembroke did cut the lead to 10 in the second half, but it wasn't going to happen. Pembroke shot 35% from the line and just 30% from the floor, but they did grab 18 offensive boards.
For UNC, James Michael McAdoo had 19 points and 10 boards.
Desmond Hubert had 8 and four, while Brice Johnson had eight points and 10 boards.
Rookie Kennedy Meeks had 11 points and six rebounds - in 13 minutes. Star rookie had six and six in 11 minutes.
UNC started Marcus Paige and Nate Britt in the backcourt, with Britt taking over at point. He had six points, six assists and just one turnover.
Last year's point, Marcus Paige, had eight points and two assists.
UNC won the boards 56-34 but was sloppy with the ball and had 23 turnovers.
When Coron Williams transferred to Wake, it was a bit of a footnote: he was a graduating senior at Robert Morris who will finish up at Wake.
He may turn out to be crucial for his experience and leadership and hit 6-11 from three point range to help lead Wake over Brevard.
Sophomore Aaron Rountree played in place of the injured Travis McKie and had eight points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Wake was atrocious from the line, shooting just 19-29.
Syracuse beat Holy Family by 38,which is no surprise. There were big runs by the Orange, also no surprise. Rookie point guard Tyler Ennis had 12 points and four assists, while Duke transfer Michael Gbinije played 24 minutes, shot 1-6 and 0-4 from three point range. He had five rebounds, five turnovers,four fouls, two assists and three steals.
Whatever the hell Young Harris is (okay, it's in Young Harris, in the mountains of Northeast Georgia - learn something new every day), Georgia Tech beat them and got an outstanding performance from rookie Quinton Stephens, who finished with nine points, 16 boards, three blocks and two assists.
Tech started Trae Golden and Corey Heyward at guards, but freshman Travis Jorgenson racked up seven assists and made an argument for more time.
Robert Carter added 13 points and six rebounds, while Golden and Daniel Miller finished with 12 each.
Young Harris is coached by Pete Herrmann, who coached Tech's Brian Gregory at the Naval Academy, along with David Robinson. Herrmann is bringing back the program at Young Harris, where basketball was shut down some 40 years ago. Check this: first year: 5-21. Second year: 22-4! Third year: 17-9. Most impressive.
Senior Lamar Patterson was really good against Slippery Rock, leading Pitt to a 96-60 win. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer was immensely impressed.
Notre Dame really had no issues with Tusculum, winning 93-44. Eric Atkins was sensational, shooting 9-11 from the floor. He added three assists and five steals.
In some good news, UNC women's Sylvia Hatchell is said to be responding well to leukemia treatment, according to WRAL.
As you may have noted in recent years, the State-UNC rivalry has grown ever more bitter, at least from State's point of view. The latest dig: the new logo on the football field with a wolf inside a map of North Carolina. That State stole the idea from ECU will not make it one bit less irritating for UNC folks.
Speaking of State football, WRAL is teasing an investigation into a former football player and his relationship with a booster. From the article:
"This is a booster the university has struggled to keep clear of players. In many ways, we found, the school is powerless. Like many of our investigations, this one started with a viewer tip. An interested person contacted WRAL about loud parties, athletes hanging out at a booster’s townhouse and a fleet of high-dollar sports cars.
"Led by WRAL Investigates senior producer Randall Kerr, we spent three months poring over real estate, business and tax records. We interviewed neighbors. We questioned numerous people connected to the world of sports marketing and promotions. WRAL tapped the expertise of a former pro and college coach and a journalist who’s covered college sports for decades. We also sat down with the embattled booster to hear his side of the accusations."
We're just guessing, but that sounds like Steve Logan and Caulton Tudor.
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