CAMERON JOHN­SON FEELS RIGHT AT HOME AS UNC WINS AT PITT TO OPEN ACC PLAY,

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

James Banks III scored 20 points and Ge­or­gia Tech con­tin­ued its home dom­i­na­tion of Wake For­est by beat­ing the Dea­cons 92-79 on Satur­day in the ACC opener for each team.

Ge­or­gia Tech (9-5, 1-0 ACC) took its 13th straight home win in the se­ries. Wake For­est (7-6, 0-1) has not beaten the Yel­low Jack­ets in Atlanta since Feb. 22, 2004.

Banks, a ju­nior trans­fer from Texas, made nine of 11 shots from the field. Most of his points came on jams and short jump hooks. Michael Devoe had 16 points and Bran­don Al­ston added 14.

Ge­or­gia Tech showed im­pres­sive of­fen­sive ef­fi­ciency. The Yel­low Jack­ets shot 55.8 per­cent from the field and had 20 as­sists on 29 field goals.

Ran­dolph Chil­dress set ca­reer highs with 28 points and seven 3-point­ers, on 10 at­tempts, to lead Wake For­est. Fresh­man Jaylen Hoard had 19 points.

ELSE­WHERE

Winthrop 80, UNC Asheville 65: Austin Awad hit 6 of 9 from 3point range and scored 19 points for the vis­it­ing Ea­gles, who held the Bull­dogs score­less for the fi­nal 3 1/2 min­utes

Winthrop has won seven straight con­fer­ence open­ers.

Kyle Zu­nic’s jumper got Winthrop (9-5, 1-0 Big South). within one, 17-16, with un­der four min­utes to play in the first half, but UNC Asheville (2-13, 0-1) closed the half on a 14-3 run fu­eled by three 3point­ers by Coty Jude. Awad’s 3 with 25 sec­onds left stopped a string of 14 straight points by the Bull­dogs. Devon Baker led UNC Asheville with 23 points.

Troy 89, Ap­palachian State 85: Justin Var­nado had 27 points, eight boards and six as­sists and the host Tro­jans (8-6, 1-1) bounced back from their first loss in five games to beat the Moun­taineers (5-10, 0-2) in a Sun Belt Con­fer­ence game in Troy, Ala.

App State (5-10, 0-2). hit three 3-point­ers in the fi­nal two min­utes of the first half to cut its deficit to a point, 46-45, but the Moun­taineers could never wrest the lead away from Troy. Ron­shad Shabaz­zhit a 3 with 17 sec­onds left to make it 83-80, but the Tro­jans hit 10 straight free throws in the fi­nal minute to pre­serve the win.

Camp­bell 72, Gard­nerWebb 61: Chris Cle­mons scored 27 points with 4 of 12 3-point­ers and the Camels (8-7, 1-0) ral­lied to beat the vis­it­ing Bull­dogs (10-6, 0-1) in the Big South.

An­drew Eudy had 11 points, 10 re­bounds and five as­sists for the Camels, who scored 18 points off 14 forced turnovers.

David Efi­anayi scored 18 points, Jose Perez added 15 with seven boards and DJ Laster had 14 points and 10 re­bounds for Gard­nerWebb.

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