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