Big Ten-ACC Challenge 2018: Scores, Highlights and Reaction from Wednesday

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 29, 2018

Virginia guard Kyle Guy, left, drives around Maryland guard Aaron Wiggins during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The Big Ten-ACC Challenge men's basketball series concluded on Wednesday with six more contests, highlighted by a trio of Top 25 matchups.

Here's a look at the rundown of all the action.



Rutgers 57, Miami 54

Syracuse 72, No. 16 Ohio State 62

No. 4 Virginia 76, No. 24 Maryland 71

Northwestern 67, Georgia Tech 61

No. 7 Michigan 84, No. 11 North Carolina 67

No. 15 Florida State 73, No. 19 Purdue 72


Rutgers at Miami

Sophomore guard Geo Baker posted 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Rutgers defeated the University of Miami 57-54 at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

Neither team got much going offensively, as the two teams combined to shoot just 37.1 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from the three-point line. Miami center Ebuka Izundu, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds, was the only player on the court to make more than half of his field goals.

Rutgers took the lead for good following a Baker three with 6:50 remaining. Miami hung around and never trailed by more than five the rest of the way. The Hurricanes had a chance to tie the game late, but two three-point attempts within the final nine seconds did not connect.

Anthony Lawrence led Miami, who fell to 5-2, with 16 points. Rutgers improved to 5-1.


No. 4 Virginia at No. 24 Maryland

Kyle Guy scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half as No. 4 Virginia defeated No. 24 Maryland 76-71 at Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.

The junior guard's hot outside shooting was the difference in this battle of former ACC rivals, as Guy drilled five of 10 three-point attempts. As Adam Zagoria of the New York Times and SNY noted, Maryland simply had "no answer" for Guy, who helped UVA obtain a 39-30 lead into the break.

Outside of Guy, the turnover battle was a key difference. UVA committed just two for the game, while Maryland had 13.

To their credit, the Terrapins hung around all game and even cut the lead to four points late in the second half, but UVA was able to salt the game away with free throws.

The 7-0 Cavaliers host Morgan State on Monday, while the 6-1 Terrapins open Big Ten play with a home game versus Penn State on Saturday.


Syracuse at No. 16 Ohio State

Junior guard Tyus Battle scored 20 points and junior forward Elijah Hughes added 18 as Syracuse upset No. 16 Ohio State, 72-62 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Senior guard C.J. Jackson led OSU with 19 points.

An 11-0 mid-second half run capped by a Battle three-point play with 8:58 left gave Syracuse a 55-45 lead. Prior to that play, Hughes scored six consecutive points on a three-point play of his own and a three-pointer. 'Cuse kept its distance from OSU for the rest of the game as its advantage never fell below six points.

The Orange's 2-3 zone also gave Ohio State some problems, as the Buckeyes shot just 32.6 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from three-point range. On the other end, Syracuse's efficient 48.9-percent shooting night helped the Orange to a win.

The Orange won despite being called for 28 fouls and OSU getting to the free-throw line 35 times. Three of eight Orange players fouled out.

Syracuse is now 4-2, while OSU falls to 6-1.


Georgia Tech at Northwestern

Senior guard Ryan Taylor scored 20 points and senior forward Vic Law had 14 points and nine rebounds as Northwestern never trailed in a 67-61 victory over Georgia Tech at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois.

After a Law three-pointer with 10:20 remaining in the first half put the Wildcats up 20-8, Northwestern led by double digits until the final 2:19 of the game.

To their credit, the Yellow Jackets clawed back from a 26-point second-half deficit and cut the lead to five with two seconds left. However, a miracle finish similar to the Louisville-Virginia matchup last season was not in the cards.

Taylor, who made just seven of 33 three-point attempts before Wednesday, knocked down four of nine shots from beyond the arc.

Sophomore guard Jose Alvarado scored 24 points to lead Georgia Tech, and junior forward James Banks III posted a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Northwestern moved to 6-1 with the win, while Georgia Tech is now 4-2.


No. 11 North Carolina at No. 7 Michigan

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis scored 24 points and senior guard Charles Matthews had 21 as No. 7 Michigan defeated No. 11 North Carolina, 84-67, at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan junior center Jon Teske also swatted five UNC shots. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Wolverines held the Tar Heels to 39.4 percent shooting.

On the other end, the Wolverines made 57.4 percent of their field goals and knocked down 11 of 22 three-pointers.

The highlight of the night was a furious 11-0 Michigan run over a 1:25 span in the first half that turned a 21-11 UNC lead into a 22-21 Michigan edge.

The Wolverines went on another big run in the second half to effectively put the game away as they outscored the Tar Heels 19-4 to take a 63-43 lead with 12:07 left. Matthews scored seven of his points during that stretch. UNC was not able to cut the advantage to single digits after that point.

With the win, Michigan has now beaten its opponents by an average of 21.7 points.

The 7-0 Wolverines open the Big Ten season on Saturday against Purdue at home. North Carolina fell to 6-2 and will host UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday.


No. 19 Purdue at No. 15 Florida State

Junior guard Trent Forrest hit the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining as No. 15 Florida State came from behind to beat No. 19 Purdue, 73-72, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

With time running down, Forrest took a handoff at the top of the arc and dribbled to his left before turning toward the hoop and hitting a one-handed runner. Forrest was the hero on the defensive end as well as he intercepted a cross-court pass on Purdue's last-ditch attempt to win the game.

FSU went on a 9-0 run in the final 3:23 after Purdue took a 72-64 lead following a three-point play from junior guard Evan Boudreaux. Sophomore guard M.J. Walker, who scored a team-leading 13 points, had five during that stretch. He led a balanced FSU offense in which eight players scored seven or more points.

Purdue had a comeback of its own in this game as the Boilermakers trailed 44-28 late in the first half. However, Purdue then went on a 30-7 run over the next 10 minutes of game play to grab a 58-51 edge. The Boilermakers led by as many as eight.

Junior guard Carsen Edwards scored 24 points to lead Purdue, senior guard Ryan Cline added 21 and Boudreaux had 12 points and eight boards. Other Boilermakers only combined for five field goals and 15 points.

Florida State moves to 6-1 with the win, while Purdue falls to 5-2.


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