ATLANTA — As the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer, Terrell Stoglin was miffed to be excluded from the all-ACC first team released by the conference's media this week.
Stoglin took advantage of his first postseason opportunity to show he ranks with the ACC's top players.
Stoglin scored 25 points, including nine straight in a decisive 20-4 run to open the second half, and Maryland ran past Wake Forest, 82-60, on Thursday in the lopsided opening game of the ACC Tournament.
The sophomore guard added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals to his strong all-around game. It was his 21st game with 20 or more points this season.
"I'm always going to have a chip on my shoulder, but once the voting came out I had a bigger one," said Stoglin, who was an all-ACC second-team selection.
Maryland (17-14) will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in today's first quarterfinal game. The Tar Heels swept two regular-season games against Maryland.
N.C. State 78, Boston College 57
Rather than its usual balanced approach, North Carolina State kept turning to Scott Wood.
He came through in a game the Wolfpack had to have to keep alive their NCAA hopes.
Wood made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, leading N.C. State past Boston College in the opening round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday.
N.C. State (21-11) raced to a 14-0 lead, turned back several runs by the Eagles (9-22), then pulled away in the closing minutes to remain a contender for the NCAA tournament.
"It's hard to tell. I wish we knew," first-year coach Mark Gottfried said of his postseason hopes. "I know if we win this tournament, we get to go."
Wood swished a couple of huge 3s, turning back any chance of a BC comeback. He finished 5-of-9 beyond the arc, sending the Wolfpack into the quarterfinals today against Virginia.
Virginia Tech 68, Clemson 63
Seth Greenberg called starting guards Erick Green and Dorenzo Hudson the heartbeat of his Virginia Tech team.
In a mild upset, the Hokies still have a heartbeat in the ACC Tournament.
Green scored 24 points and the Hokies, who took the lead with a 9-0 run, beat Clemson on Thursday night in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Hudson added 19 points for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies' starting guards combined to make five 3-pointers and 12 of 12 free throws.
The Hokies (16-16) will play No. 2 seed Duke in tonight's quarterfinals.
Georgia Tech vs. Miami (Late)