Originally created 02/20/00

ACC roundup



RALEIGH, N.C. -- Chris Carrawell scored 22 points, including several key baskets down the stretch, as No. 3 Duke clinched at least a share of a fourth straight ACC title with a 71-66 win over North Carolina State on Saturday.

The Blue Devils (21-3, 12-1) were held 19 points below their average. Duke also had to hold off a furious 16-5 rally by the Wolfpack over the final 4' minutes, but extended their ACC-record road winning streak to 18 straight.

Duke (1963-66) and North Carolina (1976-79 and 1982-85) are the only other teams in ACC history to win or share four straight regular season conference titles.

The Wolfpack (15-9, 5-8) lost for the fifth straight game after a 15-4 start and is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament.

Anthony Grundy led N.C. State with 26 points.

The first meeting in Durham a month ago, a thrilling 92-88 overtime win by the Blue Devils, produced 16 lead changes and 15 ties, but Duke never trailed in this one.

Duke extended its six-point halftime lead to 53-37 with 11:47 left as the Wolfpack started 1-for-9 from the field in the second half and the Blue Devils got inspired play from freshmen Jason Williams and Carlos Boozer.

Williams, saddled with foul trouble in the first half, hit a 3-pointer and made a layup, while Boozer had a three-point play and another layup as the Blue Devils built their lead to double digits.

No. 22 Maryland 73 -- Wake Forest 67

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Juan Dixon scored 20 points and led some strong outside shooting by Maryland that sent the Terrapins to their sixth straight ACC win, this one over Wake Forest.

Outhustled down low and harassed into front-line foul trouble by Wake Forest, the Terrapins compensated by making nine of 18 3-point attempts, including a 7-for-13 showing in the first half.

Dixon made three of six from beyond the arc as Maryland (19-7, 8-4) won its third consecutive conference game on the road and swept Wake Forest for the first time since 1993-94.

Terence Morris scored 15 of his 17 in the second half and added seven rebounds and four assists, helping the Terrapins win for the eighth time in nine league games after an 0-3 start.

The Demon Deacons (14-12, 5-8) lost for the eighth time in 11 games, further damaging their bid to finish fourth or better in the ACC standings for the eighth consecutive year.

Wake Forest's Darius Songaila had 22 points and 12 rebounds, but the Demon Deacons got just two points from top offensive threat Robert O'Kelley, who missed eight of his nine field-goal attempts. Josh Howard added 11 points for Wake Forest and Rafael Vidaurreta and Ervin Murray each had 10.

Maryland's final 3-pointer, a shot from the left wing by Morris, made it 58-46 with 13:01 remaining, the Terrapins' biggest lead.