NCAAB Game Recap: Arizona State (51) vs. Oregon (79) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019EUGENE, Ore. Louis King scored 19 points and Payton Pritchard had 18 as Oregon raced past Arizona State 79-51 on Thursday night.Ehab Amin added 11 points off the bench for the Ducks (16-12, 7-8 Pac-12), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Oregon scored the first 12 points of the second half to lead 46-26 and never allowed the Sun Devils to get closer than 17 points the rest of the way.The Ducks held the conference's top scoring team to 28 points below its season average. ASU's previous low was 65 points against Vanderbilt.Remy Martin had 13 points and Rob Edwards 11 to lead the Sun Devils (19-9, 10-6), who had won three in a row. ASU's top three scorers in Pac-12 play -- Luguentz Dort, Martin and Edwards -- shot a combined 9 of 34 for the game.Oregon dominated ASU on the glass 44-26 behind Francis Okoro's 10 rebounds. Sports Experts. The Sun Devils came in as the conference's best rebounding team.Oregon ended the first half up 34-26 thanks to King's 11 points and its 5-of-13 shooting from 3-point range. Fighting Predictions. The Sun Devils had a 20-14 edge in points in the paint and missed several more chances at the rim, but they also were just 1 of 12 from the arc.BIG PICTUREArizona State's loss handed Washington the outright Pac-12 regular-season title even though the Huskies lost at California, which snapped a 16-game losing streak. Money Cappers. The Sun Devils still have a half-game lead over Oregon State and Utah for second place.Oregon kept its slim chances for a Pac-12 Tournament bye alive with three games to go. The bigger concern for the Ducks might be avoiding an 8-9 matchup in the firs t round, with the winner facing champion Washington in the quarterfinals.UP NEXTArizona State: At Oregon State on Sunday.Oregon: Hosts Arizona on Saturday night.
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NCAAB Game Recap: Santa Clara (70) vs. Loyola Marymount (72) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019LOS ANGELES James Batemon scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and Loyola Marymount overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat Santa Clara 72-70 on Thursday night.The Lions (19-10, 7-8 West Coast Conference) closed the game on a 7-0 run, all from the foul line, over the final 2:06. Bateman was 5 of 6 and Eli Scott hit a pair.Santa Clara (15-15, 7-8), which led 51-31 when Tahj Eaddy opened the second half with a 3-pointer, missed its last four shots with two turnovers and was just 1 of its last 12 in the final 10 1/2 minutes with six turnovers.LMU won despite missing its last eight shots. Track Handicappers. The Lions were 17 of 21 from the foul line in the second half and 30 of 36 for the game. Santa Clara was 21 of 22 but just 6 of 7 in the second half.Zafir Wi lliams added 10 points for the Lions, who won the first game 69-61.Eaddy had 28 points and Josip Vrankic 22 for the Broncos.
NHL Game Recap: Dallas Stars (4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (3) - Date: 2/28/2019 / LOS ANGELES Roope Hintz scored 3:19 into overtime and the Dallas Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Thursday night. Hintz scored in a mad scramble in front of the net after Alexander Radulov's shot bounced off Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick. Sports Monitor. The win moves the Stars into a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Sports Handicapping Monitor. Tyler Seguin, Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa scored for Dallas, while Ben Lovejoy and Blake Comeau each had two assists. Anton Khudobin made 27 saves. Anze Kopitar scored two goals and had an assist for Los Angeles, which has dropped 10 straight - the second-longest losing streak in franchise history. Brendan Leipsic had a goal and Quick stopped 29 shots. Faksa t ied it at 3 at 9:53 of the third when he scored his 12th of the season on a rebound of a slap shot by Comeau. Quick made a nice stick save to rob Jason Dickinson of a goal with five minutes to go in the third. Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Kopitar opened the scoring at 7:57 when he tapped in Sean Walker's pass. Best Free Sports Picks. The Kings extended their lead at 13:28 on the power play as Drew Doughty's shot from the point deflected off Leipsic, who got his fifth goal of the season. It was Los Angeles' first power-play goal in six games and broke a string during which it had not converted in its last 15 opportunities. Dallas cut the lead in half 80 seconds later when Seguin took Taylor Fedun's pass near the crease and beat Quick on his stick side. The Stars then tied it at 2 6:14 into the second on Janmark's backhander in front of the net. Los Angeles regained the le ad at 11:46 of the second on Kopitar's team-leading 19th goal of the season. Khudobin made a pad save on Tyler Toffoli's wrist shot, but Kopitar was able to corral the rebound and put it into the net. RARE MISSDallas center Andrew Cogliano missed his first game due to injury in his 12-year career. Cogliano flew back to Dallas to get treatment after suffering a shoulder injury during Tuesday's loss to Vegas. The only two games Cogliano missed previously were due to a suspension last season when he was with Anaheim. That suspension broke a streak of 830 consecutive games played, which was the fourth-longest in NHL history. The Stars acquired Cogliano in a trade with the Ducks on Jan. 14. NOTES: Dallas LW Jamie Benn and Los Angeles LW Ilya Kovalchuk were both scratched due to upper-body injuries. ... This was only the sixth game this season where the Kings have scored two or more goals in the first period. ... Seguin has eight goals and 19 points in 21 career gam es against the Kings. UP NEXTStars: Travel to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday to complete a four-game road trip. Kings: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.---Follow Joe Reedy at www.twitter.com/joereedy---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NCAAB Game Recap: San Diego (91) vs. San Francisco (90) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019SAN FRANCISCO Isaiah Pineiro scored nine of his 28 points in overtime and San Diego edged past San Francisco 91-90 on Thursday night. Isaiah Wright added 24 points for the Toreros.Olin Carter III had 16 points for San Diego (18-12, 7-8 West Coast Conference). He forced overtime by banking in a long 3-pointer just before the regulation buzzer.Charles Minlend tied a career high with 22 points and had six rebounds for the Dons (21-8, 9-6). Frankie Ferrari added 18 points. Dzmitry Ryuny had 14 points.The Toreros improve to 2-0 against the Dons this season. San Diego defeated San Francisco 67-63 on Jan. 26. San Diego finishes out the regular season against Brigham Young on the road on Saturday. San Francisco finishes out the regular season against Loyola Marymount at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Colle gebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Portland State (67) vs. Idaho (65) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019MOSCOW, Idaho Sal Nuhu was a force in the final 22 seconds, blocking a shot, scooping up a defensive rebound and making two free throws as Portland State rallied past Idaho 67-65 on Thursday night.Nuhu, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound junior forward, scored 11 points with eight rebounds and three blocks for Portland State (14-14, 9-8 Big Sky Conference), which stretched its win streak to five games and climbed into a three-way tie for fifth place.Holland Woods led the Vikings with 17 points and five assists, and Derek Brown scored 12.Jared Rodriguez scored 13 to lead the Vandals (4-14, 1-16), but was 3-of-13 shooting. Sports Betting Profit. Trevon Allen scored 10 with six boards and five assists.Idaho, seeking to break a 15-game losing streak, took an 8-6 lead on a Rodriguez bucket about five minu tes in, built that to a 36-29 halftime score and didn't surrender the lead until there was 8:46 left to play. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The teams swapped the lead three times with three ties the rest of the way. Woods hit two free throws to break a 62-62 tie and Idaho never caught up. Best Free Sports Picks. The Vandals missed four of their last five shots.
NCAAB Game Recap: Portland U (48) vs. Saint Marys CA (65) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019MORAGA, Calif. Malik Fitts had 17 points and eight rebounds as Saint Mary's beat Portland 65-48 on Thursday night.Jordan Ford had 15 points for Saint Mary's (20-10, 11-4 West Coast Conference), which earned its fifth straight victory. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. Tanner Krebs added 12 points. Jordan Hunter had six points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for the home team.After Saint Mary's outscored Portland 34-17 in the first half, both teams scored 31 in the second as the home team clinched the victory. Hockey Predictions. The Pilots' 17 points in the first half marked a season low for the team.Marcus Shaver Jr. had 13 points for the Pilots (7-23, 0-15), who have now lost 16 games in a row. H ugh Hogland added nine rebounds.Saint Mary's finishes out the regular season against Gonzaga at home on Saturday. Portland finishes out the regular season against Santa Clara at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Gonzaga (86) vs. Pacific (66) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019STOCKTON, Calif. Brandon Clarke had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, and No. 1 Gonzaga extended the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games, thumping Pacific 86-66 on Thursday night.Rui Hachimura added 27 points and Zach Norvell Jr. scored 12 for the Bulldogs (28-2, 15-0 West Coast Conference).Back atop the rankings for the first time since December, the Zags had little trouble against the Tigers and inched closer to a fifth unbeaten conference record in 20 seasons under coach Mark Few. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Bulldogs close out the WCC schedule Saturday at Saint Mary's.Gonzaga was held to a season-low 67 points by Pacific when the teams played earlier this season in Spokane. After a slow start this time, the Bulldogs pulled away by halftime and led by 26 while silen cing a near-capacity crowd at Spanos Center.Clarke led the way with his third straight double-double and did most of his scoring in the first half, while Hachimura fueled Gonzaga's offense in the second half.Coming off consecutive double-doubles in wins over Pepperdine and BYU, Clarke scored 10 points and didn't miss a shot during a 25-6 run in the first half when the Bulldogs pulled away following a sluggish start.Clarke, who had three blocks before halftime, had a steal near midcourt and fed Hachimura for a soaring one-handed dunk when Gonzaga pushed its lead to 20.Hachimura made two more dunks in the second half, including one off an alley-oop lob from Geno Crandall that made it 61-37. Hockey Picks. That dunk kicked off a stretch where Hachimura scored 12 of 16 points for the Bulldogs.Like it did when the teams played earlier this season in Spokane, Pacific (13-17, 3-12) slowed its offense and repeatedly ran the shot clock down to the final seconds in an attempt to limit Gonzaga's possessions. But the Tigers shot 23.1 percent in the first half and couldn't slow the Bulldogs in transition.Roberto Gallinat scored 23 points for Pacific. Khy Kabellis added 13.BIG PICTUREGonzaga: The Bulldogs have won 30 consecutive WCC road games and 29 straight overall. Although Pacific was semi-effective in muddying up the game, Few's squad kept coming on offense and was too much for the smaller and slower Tigers. Now it's on to face Saint Mary's, where the Zags will try to complete the conference sweep.Pacific: Damon Stoudamire's team did some good things, especially Gallinat. But Pacific eventually wore down and dropped its sixth straight. . Pacific last hosted a No. 1-ranked team in 1987 when UNLV went to Stockton on Feb. 9 and won 73-59.UP NEXTGonzaga: Plays at Saint Mary's on Saturday.Pacific: Plays at Pepperdine on Saturday.--More college basketbal l:?https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball?and?https://twitter.com/-Top25
NBA Game Recap: Utah Jazz (111) vs. Denver Nuggets (104) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019DENVER Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, including six in the final two minutes, and the short-handed Utah Jazz ended Denver's nine-game home win streak by holding off the Nuggets 111-104 on Thursday night.Kyle Korver added 22 as the Jazz showed plenty of energy despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back and with two of their guards out of the lineup. Utah led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, only to see the lead trimmed to five with 8:41 remaining. Korver helped the Jazz on a 13-0 run to gain some separation and send them to their third straight victory.Jamal Murray and Will Barton each had 21 points for Denver. All-Star big man Nikola Jokic dealt with foul trouble but still finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.A Nuggets win would've vaulted them into first place in the Western Conference aft er a Golden State loss earlier in the day. But they were done in by their long-range woes, shooting 28 percent from 3-point range. It was Denver's first loss at the Pepsi Center since Jan. 15.The Jazz wore their colorful uniforms with some players accessorizing with brightly colored shoes. Joe Ingles went with red sneakers, Mitchell salmon, Derrick Favors red and Royce O'Neale green/yellow.But it was their play that stood out. Ingles had 15 points and 10 assists, while Favors added 15 points and 11 rebounds.After a fourth-quarter spurt, the Jazz led 97-79 with 6:17 remaining. Denver sliced it to three on a 3-pointer by Paul Millsap before Mitchell took over to wrap things up.Utah turned up the defensive intensity in the first half, forcing the Nuggets into 10 turnovers and 1-of-13 shooting from 3-point range. Sports Free Picks. That, coupled with the play of Ingles (12 points in the opening half) and Thabo Sefolosha (nine in the second quarter alone) allowed the Jazz to take a 52-37 lead into the locker room. Leading Handicappers. The 37 points were a season-low in a first half for Denver.TIP-INSJazz: Guards Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto were both out with left hamstring tightness. Rubio left Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter.Nuggets: F Trey Lyles missed a fourth straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... Denver missed 10 straight 3-pointers before Murray connected in the second quarter. ... Denver leads the Northwest Division with an 8-2 mark - both losses to Utah. ... Barton had 13 rebounds.FAT LIPGobert took an accidental elbow to the mouth from teammate Grayson Allen late in the first half. Gobert appeared to have a cut on his lip, but stayed in the game. Moments later, Gobert countered with a ferocious dunk. He trails only Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in dunks t his season.UP NEXTJazz: Host Milwaukee on Saturday.Nuggets: Host New Orleans on Saturday to wrap up a four-game homestand.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NHL Game Recap: Florida Panthers (5) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (6) - Date: 2/28/2019 / LAS VEGAS Shea Theodore's goal in the second round of the shootout lifted the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-5 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Malcolm Subban, who made 32 saves, stopped all three of Florida's attempts in the shootout. Vegas picked up a much-needed two points with the win, as hard-charging Arizona defeated Vancouver 5-2 earlier in the night. Free Sports Picks Today. The Coyotes are six points behind Vegas in the Pacific Division. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Panthers, who came up one point short of the playoffs last season, have been making a late push of late, going 5-1-2 in their past eight games and 8-5-2 in February. Reilly Smith scored twice, while Paul Stastny, Jon Merrill an d Colin Miller scored for Vegas. Mike Hoffman scored two goals for Florida, with Aaron Ekblad, Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau also scoring for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo, who made his first start against Vegas, made 41 saves. It was the second straight game Luongo was involved in a shootout after Arizona beat the Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Stastny opened the scoring three minutes into the game, when he collected the puck after a faceoff in the offensive zone, and pulled the trigger with a quick flip past Luongo. Stastny has a point in 19 of his last 26 games, with six goals and 20 assists. It wouldn't take long for the Panthers to swipe momentum once Vegas committed its first two penalties later in the first period as Hoffman scored consecutive power-play goals from the same spot in the right circle to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Ekblad's one-time rifle from the top whizzed through traffic to make it 3-1. Good Sports Handicappers. The second period belonged to Vegas, as it outhit (13-9), outshot (20-16) and outscored (3-1) Florida. Smith got it started when he gathered the puck on the doorstep, pulled it back between his legs and flicked it past Luongo. Then it was Merrill with a laser from the top of the left circle to tie the game. Finally, the recently benched Miller completed the trifecta of goals when his one-timer from Nate Schmidt raced past Luongo. Barkov simmered Vegas' momentum when he punched the puck through Subban's five-hole with less than a minute remaining in the second, making it 4-4. Huberdeau made it 5-4 early in the third period when he snapped his own rebound while falling to the ice, and Subban sprawling amidst a mass gathering in front of the net. Smith got his second goal of the game when his wrist shot ricocheted off Mike Matheson's stick, and redirected past Luongo to tie it at 5 with 4:18 left. NOTES: Goaltender Sam Montembea ult, who was recalled from the Springfield Thunderbirds on emergency basis, awaits his NHL debut. ... Two of Vegas' top four points-getters - Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith - came from the Panthers organization. ... Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant and Vegas forward Brandon Pirri are also former members of the Panthers organization. ... Hoffman, a former Ottawa teammate of Vegas' newly acquired Mark Stone, leads Florida with 30 goals and 13 power-play goals. ... With his first two-goal game of the season, Smith has a point in eight of his last 10 games (three goals, eight assists) for Vegas. ... Huberdeau has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) over his last seven games. UP NEXTFlorida: Hosts Carolina on Saturday. Vegas: Visits Anaheim on Friday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NCAAB Game Recap: Cal Poly SLO (75) vs. CS Fullerton (86) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019FULLERTON, Calif. Kyle Allman Jr. scored 25 points and Khalil Ahmad scored 22 and Cal Sate Fullerton defeated Cal Poly 86-75 on Thursday night for its 10th win in 12 games.Jackson Rowe's layup with 9:18 left broke a 54-all tie and the Titans (14-14, 10-4 Big West) led the rest of the way. Rowe scored 15 with 13 rebounds and Fullerton owned a 43-30 rebounding advantage. NFL Handicappers. The Titans finished 35 of 49 from the foul line and Ahmad made 12 of 15 from the line.Cal Poly (6-20, 2-11) led 35-32 at halftime. Donovan Fields scored 22 for the Mustangs, Marcellus Garrick 18 s, Job Alexander 15 and Mark Crowe 12. Cal Poly struggled from behind the 3-point arc making just 2 of 14-shot attempts. Soccer Predictions. The Mustangs committed just seven turnovers but only managed five assists on 26-made baskets. Cal Poly now has lost six of its last seven contests.
NHL Game Recap: Vancouver Canucks (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (5) - Date: 2/28/2019 / GLENDALE, Ariz. Brad Richardson scored four goals to power the Arizona Coyotes to their fifth straight victory with a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Coyotes, who completed a four-game season sweep of the Canucks. Vinnie Hinostroza and Richard Panik had three assists apiece - all on goals by Richardson - and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists. Richardson, who has a single-season career-high 16 goals, scored twice in the first period and completed his second career hat trick in the second period after a deft drop pass from Richard Panik. He tipped in a pass from Hinostroza for his final goal at 8:03 of the third period. It was the Coyotes' first four-goal game since Keith Tkachuk did it on March 20, 1997. Winning Picks. Tanne r Pearson and Antoine Roussel scored for the Canucks, who have lost five of six. Pearson's goal was 10th this season, and his first for the Canucks since being acquired in from Los Angeles on Feb. 14. Arizona's Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves while starting for the 10th time in the last 11 games. He is 7-1 in his last eight. Hot Sports Handicappers. Thatcher Demko made 19 saves in his second start of the season for Vancouver, his first appearance since a 4-3 home victory over Buffalo on Jan. 18. No. 1 goaltender Jacob Markstrom had played the previous seven. Richardson's only other game with at least three goals came on Oct. 23, 2010, while with the Los Angeles Kings. He had 14 goals with Colorado in 2006-07, his first full season and had 12 goals in 47 games with the Coyotes last season. NOTES: Coyotes forward Derek Stepan was helped off the ice with an apparent left leg injury at 17:29 of the third per iod after colliding with a Vancouver player. He is third on the team with 13 goals. ... Forward Conor Garland played his first game since signing a two-year, $1.55 million contract extension Wednesday that will keep him with the Coyotes through the 2020-21 season. Garland has 12 goals and three assists in 37 games. ... Sports Experts. The Canucks completed the eighth of their 11 back-to-back sets this season. They are 7-8-1, 3-5-0 in the second game. ... Vancouver was 0 for 3 on the power play and has converted only one of its last 21 and two of its last 35 attempts. UP NEXTCanucks: Finish a three-game road trip in Las Vegas, which has three points in the first two games between the two this season. Coyotes: Play host to Detroit in the fourth game of a seven-game homestand Saturday. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green had a goal and two assists in the first of two meetings this season, a 6-1 victory Nov. 13.---More NH L: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NCAAB Game Recap: Jacksonville State (65) vs. Eastern Illinois (57) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019CHARLESTON, Ill. Jason Burnell had 26 points and 14 rebounds as Jacksonville State edged past Eastern Illinois 89-84 in double overtime on Thursday night. De'Torrion Ware added 20 points for the Gamecocks.Jacksonville State went on an 11-2 run over the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime at 66-66. Sports Handicapper King. The Gamecocks' Ty Hudson made a layup with 3 seconds left in overtime to force the second OT at 75-all. JSU won it by making 10 of 11 free throws over the final 1:36 of the second overtime.Detrick Mostella had 12 points for Jacksonville State (22-8, 14-3 Ohio Valley Conference), which won its sixth straight game.Mack Smith scored a season-high 24 points for the Panthers (14-16, 7-10), who have now lost four consecutive games. Josiah Wallace added 23 points and six rebounds. Shareef Smith had six rebounds.The Gamecocks improved to 2-0 against the Panthers this season. Jacksonville State defeated Eastern Illinois 69-62 on Jan. 10.Jacksonville State, which remains one game behind conference leaders Belmont and Murray State, finishes out the regular season against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on the road on Saturday. Eastern Illinois finishes out the regular season against Tennessee Tech at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Western Illinois (46) vs. Denver U (74) - Date: 2/28/2019 Mar 01, 2019DENVER David Nzekwesi had 20 points as Denver snapped its seven-game losing streak, easily defeating Western Illinois 74-46 on Thursday night.Joe Rosga had 19 points and six rebounds for Denver (8-21, 3-12 Summit League). Ade Murkey added 10 points.Zion Young scored a season-high 21 points for the Leathernecks (9-19, 4-11). Kobe Webster added seven rebounds.C. J. Duff, the Leathernecks' second leading scorer heading into the contest at 12 points per game, shot only 14 percent for the game (1 of 7).The Pioneers leveled the season series against the Leathernecks with the win. Western Illinois defeated Denver 78-60 on Dec. 30. Denver finishes out the regular season against Nebraska Omaha at home on Saturday. Western Illinois finishes out the regular season against South Dakota State on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball cov erage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: North Dakota State (65) vs. South Dakota (75) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019VERMILLION, S. D. Triston Simpson had 20 points as South Dakota defeated North Dakota State 75-65 on Thursday night.Tyler Peterson had 15 points for South Dakota (12-16, 6-9 Summit League). Stanley Umude added 13 points. Brandon Armstrong had 12 points for the home team.Tyson Ward tied a career high with 28 points and had six rebounds for the Bison (14-15, 8-7). Vinnie Shahid added 10 points. Jared Samuelson had six rebounds.The Coyotes evened the season series against the Bison with the win. North Dakota State defeated South Dakota 71-65 on Dec. 29. South Dakota finishes out the regular season against North Dakota at home on Saturday. North Dakota State finishes out the regular season against Purdue Fort Wayne on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/- Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Sacramento State (59) vs. Eastern Washington (56) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019CHENEY, Wash. Marcus Graves had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, narrowly missing his second triple-double of the season, and led Sacramento State to a 59-56 win over Eastern Washington on Thursday night.Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa had 17 points for Sacramento State (13-13, 7-10 Big Sky Conference). Joshua Patton added 11 points.Jesse Hunt had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (11-17, 9-8). Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. Tyler Kidd added 13 points and five steals. Kim Aiken Jr. had nine rebounds.Graves' 3-pointer with 2:15 remaining gave Sacramento a 55-54 lead. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The next points weren't scored until Mauriohooho-Le'afa made two free throws for the Hornets with 12.7 left. Kidd sank two free throws for Eastern Washington but Graves made two of his own with 5.6 remaining. Kidd was fouled and missed his first attempt at the line then tried to carom the second to a teammate but hit only the backboard for a violation and Sacramento State ran off the final 1.6 seconds.The Hornets leveled the season series against the Eagles with the win. Eastern Washington defeated Sacramento State 94-92 on Jan. 26. Sacramento State takes on Idaho on the road on Saturday. Eastern Washington plays Portland State at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: USC (88) vs. UCLA (93) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019LOS ANGELES Jaylen Hands had 21 points and 10 assists, hitting a crucial 3-pointer that beat the shot clock with 22 seconds left in overtime, and UCLA hung on to beat Southern California 93-88 on Thursday night for its third straight win.The Bruins (16-13, 9-7 Pac-12) gained a split in the crosstown rivalry after losing 80-67 last month.Kris Wilkes and Jules Bernard added 16 points each, Chris Smith had 13 points, and Moses Brown had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Bruins in their last regular-season home game.Bennie Boatwright had 25 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Trojans (15-14, 8-8).The Bruins outscored the Trojans 11-6 in overtime when UCLA never trailed.USC closed to 89-88 on Boatwright's seventh 3-pointer of the game, but the Trojans never scored again.Hands beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Bernard hit 1 of 2 free throws to finish it off.Neither team led by more than four points over the final 7:05 of regulation. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The game was tied three times in the last six minutes, including 82-all on Smith's jumper with 1 minute to go.Boatwright and Hands each missed 3-pointers. Elijah Weaver grabbed the rebound of Hands' miss and called timeout with 18 seconds to go.Boatwright missed a potential game-winning 3 at the buzzer to force overtime.In the extra session, Bernard hit a jumper and David Singleton made the Bruins' 10th 3-pointer of the game for an 87-82 lead.Boatwright and Shaqquan Aaron each missed 3-pointers before Weaver hit one to get the Trojans to 87-85.Tied 51-all, the Bruins outscored USC 11-2 to take a 62-53 lead, their largest of the game.But USC clawed back, making seven 3-pointers over the final 10 1/2 minutes, including four by Boatwright. He came into th e game having hit 19 3-pointers in his three previous games.Nick Rakocevic was held to six points - well below his 15.1 average - and nine rebounds for USC.Boatwright's 3-pointer put USC ahead by four, but the Trojans missed all seven of their field-goal attempts to end the first half. Bernard's 3-pointer gave UCLA a 41-38 lead at the break.BIG PICTUREUSC: The Trojans are in a funk with two road games left in the regular season. NBA Handicappers. They want to finish among the top four in the Pac-12 to earn an opening-round bye in the league tournament, which represents their only chance to make the NCAA Tournament.UCLA: The young Bruins are maturing at the right time, having won four of five going into their last road trip of the regular season. freepick. They also are angling to avoid playing an opening-round game in the league tourney next month i n Las Vegas.UP NEXTUSC: Visits Utah on March 7 and Colorado the next day to close the regular season.UCLA: Visits Colorado on March 7 in its next-to-last regular season game.---More college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25
NCAAB Game Recap: Tennessee State (73) vs. SE Missouri State (71) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019CE GIRARDEAU, Mo. Skyler Hogan had 15 points to lead five Southeast Missouri players in double figures as the Redhawks beat Tennessee State 89-74 on Thursday night. Isaiah Gable added 14 points for the Redhawks. Jonathan Dalton chipped in 13, Sage Tolbert scored 10 and Ledarrius Brewer had 10.Michael Littlejohn had 18 points for the Tigers (9-20, 6-11 Ohio Valley Conference). Sports Handicappers. Tripp Davis added 13 points. Armani Chaney had 12 points.The Redhawks leveled the season series against the Tigers with the win. freepick. Tennessee State defeated Southeast Missouri 79-50 on Feb. 2. Southeast Missouri (10-20, 5-12) finishes out the regular season against Belmont at home on Saturday. Winning Sports Handicappers. Tennessee State finishes out the regular season against UT Martin on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Tennessee Tech (68) vs. SIU Edwardsville (76) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. Tyresse Williford came off the bench to score 16 points to carry Southern Illinois-Edwardsville to a 76-68 win over Tennessee Tech on Thursday night.Brandon Jackson had 16 points and eight rebounds for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (10-19, 6-11 Ohio Valley Conference). Cameron Williams added 13 points and seven rebounds. David McFarland had 13 points for the home team.Micaiah Henry had 15 points for the Golden Eagles (7-23, 3-14), whose losing streak stretched to nine games. Jr Clay added 13 points. He also had seven turnovers but only three assists. Corey Tillery had 13 points and seven rebounds.Hunter Vick, the Golden Eagles' second leading scorer coming into the matchup at 11 points per game, shot only 11 percent in the game (1 of 9) for six points.The Cougars evened the season series against the Golden Eagles with the win. Sports Predictions. Tennessee Tech defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 78-69 on Jan. 10. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville finishes out the regular season against Jacksonville State at home on Saturday. Leading Handicappers. Tennessee Tech finishes out the regular season against Eastern Illinois on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Tulane (64) vs. Tulsa (72) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019TULSA, Okla. Curran Scott had 19 points and Martins Igbanu posted 19 points and seven rebounds as Tulsa defeated Tulane 72-64 on Thursday night.Elijah Joiner had eight rebounds for Tulsa (17-12, 7-9 American Athletic Conference). Jeriah Horne added eight rebounds.Caleb Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Green Wave (4-23, 0-15), whose losing streak stretched to 17 games. Samir Sehic added 14 points and nine rebounds.The Golden Hurricane improved to 2-0 against the Green Wave on the season. Soccer Handicappers. Tulsa defeated Tulane 80-57 on Feb. 14.Tulsa matches up against East Carolina at home on Sunday. Fighting Predictions. Tulane faces Temple on the road on Sunday.---For more college basketball coverage: https:// apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Nebraska Omaha (80) vs. Oral Roberts (84) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019TULSA, Okla. Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Oral Roberts narrowly defeated Omaha 84-80 on Thursday night.D. J. Weaver had 15 points and three blocks for Oral Roberts (11-20, 7-9 Summit League). Francis Lacis added 11 points. Kaelen Malone had 10 points and seven assists for the home team.Kevin Obanor, who was second on the Golden Eagles in scoring heading into the contest with 15 points per game, shot only 20 percent in the game (1 of 5).Mitch Hahn scored a career-high 35 points for the Mavericks (18-10, 12-3), whose six-game winning streak ended with the loss. Zach Jackson added 13 points and seven rebounds. Matt Pile had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.The Golden Eagles improve to 2-0 against the Mavericks on the season. Oral Roberts defeated Omaha 87-84 on Dec. 30. Omaha finishes out the regular season agai nst Denver on the road on Saturday. Oral Roberts next takes the floor in the Summit League Tournament.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Washington State (50) vs. Stanford (98) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019STANFORD, Calif. KZ Okpala scored 22 points, Cormac Ryan hit four 3-pointers and Stanford beat Washington State 98-50 on Thursday night.Jaiden Delaire added 12 points for the Cardinal (15-13, 8-8 Pac-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Stanford has won six of eight overall. Isaac White scored 14 and Bryce Wills had 10.CJ Elleby scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half for the Cougars (11-17, 4-11), who lost their second straight after winning three of their previous four. Isaiah Wade added 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Robert Franks, Jr. added 11.The Cougars hit their first shot and then missed eight straight, shooting 23 percent in the first 20 minutes.Okpala scored 16 of his points in the first half and the Cardinal shot 56 percent from the field, which included 7 of 12 from long range.Stanford used runs of 11-0 and 16 -0 to turn the contest into an early blowout. Sports Betting Profit. The Cardinal led by 39 points with just over three minutes left in the opening half and settled for a 52-15 lead at intermission.BIG PICTUREElleby is enjoying one of the best freshman years in Washington State history. He needs to average about 10 points a game the rest of the season to become the Cougars' all-time freshman single-season leader. He passed Klay Thompson for second all-time against the Cardinal. Elleby also ranks third in rebounds and eighth in assists. ... In case you're wondering, Stanford beat the Cougars by 49 (94-45) during the 1998-99 season for the largest margin of victory in the series. ... Wade made his first four shots before missing. ... Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The Cougars missed 10 straight from long range to open the game. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. They were 4 of 19 overall.Stanford's Okpala has reached double figures in scoring in 16 of the past 17 games. He reached 20-plus for the 15th time. ... Ryan hit at least four 3-pointers in a game for the seventh time in his 21 games.UP NEXTWashington State travels to play California on Saturday.Stanford hosts Washington on Sunday.---------More college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25
NCAAB Game Recap: Arizona (74) vs. Oregon State (72) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019CORVALLIS, Ore. Devonaire Doutrive grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a mid-air putback just before the final buzzer as Arizona defeated Oregon State 74-72 on Thursday night.Brandon Randolph scored 15 points, and Ira Lee and Justin Coleman each scored 10 points for the Wildcats (17-12, 8-8 Pac-12). Doutrive finished with nine points and five rebounds.Tres Tinkle had 24 points and five rebounds and Ethan Thompson added 18 points and five assists for the Beavers (17-10, 9-6), who lost for the seventh time in a row to Arizona.The Wildcats outrebounded the Beavers 35-19, and 12 offensive rebounds led to 20 second chance points for Arizona.Both teams struggled at times early, but the Beavers ended the first half with a 6-0 run and led 35-32 at the break.Oregon State also scored the first four points of the second half. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The game turned into a back-and-forth affair afterward.The game was tied at 70-all when Randolph made a jumper with 1:31 remaining to put the Wildcats in the lead.After an Oregon State miss and an Arizona turnover, Stephen Thompson Jr. responded with a layup for the Beavers, and the game was tied at 72 with 24.1 seconds left.Coleman took the shot for the Wildcats, and Doutrive floated into the lane to get the rebound, landing with the game over.BIG PICTUREArizona: Starting center Chase Jeter hurt his leg in a fall after fouling Tinkle at the 13:22 mark of the second half. Jeter returned for a 40-second stint before limping off the court again. . Williams missed nearly a month due to a knee injury but returned for the Wildcat's previous game against Stanford, scoring four points in 18 minutes. Top Rated Sports Services. The freshman had 10 points in 20 minutes before fouling out on Thursday.Oregon State: Kylor Kelley didn't score and had just one rebound but still made an impact on the game with five blocks and two steals. . Free Sports Picks. The Beavers have already equaled their most conference wins since 1989-90.UP NEXTArizona: At Oregon on Saturday.Oregon State: Hosts Arizona State on Sunday.
NCAAB Game Recap: Weber State (61) vs. Northern Colorado (85) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019GREELEY, Colo. Jordan Davis had 34 points as Northern Colorado easily defeated Weber State 85-61 on Thursday night.Trent Harris had 16 points for Northern Colorado (19-9, 13-4 Big Sky Conference). Bodie Hume added 10 points. Jonah Radebaugh had 11 rebounds and six assists for the hosts.Jerrick Harding had 15 points for the Wildcats (16-12, 10-7). Israel Barnes added 11 points and six rebounds. Zach Braxton had 11 points.The Bears leveled the season series against the Wildcats with the win. Weber State defeated Northern Colorado 78-64 on Jan. 19. Both teams take on Idaho State in their next game. Northern Colorado remains home for its matchup against the Bengals on Saturday, while Weber State stays on the road with a visit to Idaho State on Monday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twi tter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Belmont (112) vs. Tennessee-Martin (67) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019MARTIN, Tenn. Dylan Windler had 32 points and 12 rebounds as Belmont extended its winning streak to 12 games, romping past UT Martin 112-67 on Thursday night.Windler shot 10 for 13 from the floor, including 7 of 10 on 3-pointers.Nick Muszynski had 19 points and three blocks for Belmont (24-4, 15-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Michael Benkert added 12 points. Kevin McClain had 10 points and eight assists for the visiting team.Belmont is undefeated (4-0) when scoring at least 100 points this season.The 112 points were a season best for Belmont, which also registered season highs with 19 3-pointers and 31 assists, justifying their second-ranked scoring offense (89 points per game).Belmont dominated the first half and led 59-23 at the break. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Skyhawks' 23 first-half points were a season low for the team.Craig Randall had 17 points for the Skyhawks (10-18, 5-12). Minfeke Sanoe added 12 points. Derek Hawthorne, Jr. had 10 points.The Bruins improve to 2-0 against the Skyhawks for the season. Belmont defeated UT Martin 82-67 on Feb. 2. Belmont finishes out the regular season against Southeast Missouri on the road on Saturday. UT Martin finishes out the regular season against Tennessee State at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Murray State (71) vs. Morehead State (52) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019MOREHEAD, Ky. Ja Morant registered a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Murray State to a 71-52 win over Morehead State on Thursday night, the Racers' eighth consecutive victory.Morant's triple-double was his second of the season and the third of his career.Darnell Cowart had 11 points and seven rebounds for Murray State (24-4, 15-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Winning Sports Handicappers. Tevin Brown added 11 points. KJ Williams had 10 points and nine rebounds for the visiting team.The Eagles' 25.4 field goal percentage represented the worst mark by a Murray State opponent this season.Murray State dominated the first half and led 40-14 at the break. Free MMA Picks. The Eagle s' 14 points in the first half marked a season low for the team.A. J. Hicks had 13 points for the Eagles (11-19, 7-10). James Baker added 10 points and seven rebounds. Malek Green had nine rebounds.Jordan Walker, whose 16 points per game entering the contest led the Eagles, had only 4 points on 2-of-12 shooting.The Racers improve to 2-0 against the Eagles on the season. Murray State defeated Morehead State 90-69 on Jan. 3. Murray State finishes out the regular season against Austin Peay at home on Saturday. Morehead State finishes out the regular season against Eastern Kentucky on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: IUPUI (85) vs. Detroit U (87) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019DETROIT Antoine Davis broke Stephen Curry's freshman 3-point record early in the second half and finished with 20 points, leading Detroit Mercy to an 87-85 win over IUPUI on Thursday night.Davis swished a 30-footer from the right wing for shot No. 123 beyond the arc to surpass the mark Curry set at Davidson 12 years ago. Sports Free Picks. The feat was celebrated briefly in front of a sparse crowd at Calihan Hall, where the public-address announcer informed the crowd history was made while a graphic was shown on the video boards to recognize Curry's record was broken.The Golden State Warriors superstar says he has heard about Davis, adding he wasn't aware he was still holding the Division I record for 3-pointers made by a freshman.The 6-foot-1 guard matched Curry's mark with a 3-pointer in the first half. Davis was 7 of 20 from the field, 4 of 12 on 3-pointers and had six assists, including one to set up Josh McFolley's go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.5 seconds left. He is coached by his father, Mike Davis, a former Indiana coach.McFolley scored 25 points for the Titans (11-18, 8-9 Horizon League). Camron Justice had 22 points for the Jaguars (16-13, 8-9).---More college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25--- Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.---Follow Larry Lage at https://twitter.com/larrylage
NCAAB Game Recap: Western Kentucky (73) vs. UAB (67) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Charles Bassey had 18 points and 13 rebounds to carry Western Kentucky to a 73-67 win over UAB on Thursday night.Taveion Hollingsworth had 17 points for Western Kentucky (17-12, 10-6 Conference USA). Josh Anderson added 13 points. Jared Savage had 12 points and seven rebounds for the visiting team.Lewis Sullivan had 16 points for the Blazers (17-12, 9-7). Zack Bryant added 13 points and six assists. Makhtar Gueye had 10 points.The Hilltoppers evened the season series against the Blazers with the win. UAB defeated W. Kentucky 68-60 on Feb. 16. W. Kentucky plays Southern Miss at home on Sunday. UAB faces UTSA on the road on Sunday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NHL Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (3) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (4) - Date: 2/28/2019 / COLUMBUS, Ohio Seth Jones scored 4:27 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Thursday night. As the back-and-forth extra period wound down, Artemi Panarin wove his way through the defense and fed Jones, who knocked the winner past Brian Elliott. Jones got his third overtime goal this season and set a franchise record with the seventh of his Blue Jackets career. Panarin, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Scott Harrington also scored for the Blue Jackets, who rebounded from a loss Tuesday night to Pittsburgh and hopped over the idle Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes into third place in the Metropolitan Division. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves. Profitable Sports Handicappers. Travis Sanheim had two goals, Jakub Voracek also scored and Elliott had 36 saves as his two-game winning streak came to an end. Elliott is the seventh goalie used by Philadelphia this season, and the Flyers will set an NHL record when recently acquired Cam Talbot starts Saturday at New Jersey to raise that number to eight. Sanheim beat Bobrovsky off a nice feed from Voracek to tie it with 6:48 remaining. Columbus is 8-4 in its last 12 games and 9-3 against Metro Division teams. NOTES: McQuaid played the 500th game of his career but only his second in Columbus. ... Columbus signed F Zac Dalpe to two-year, two-way contract extension. ... G Carter Hart missed his third game with a lower-body injury. ... Bjorkstrand appeared to score another goal in the first period, but it was waved off because he kicked it and it went in off the skate of a Philadelphia player. A few minutes later, a Flyers goal was disallowed because Voracek was offside bringing the puck into the zone. ... Bjorkstrand has points in the last four games. ... Flyers F Sean Couturier has 12 p oints in his past eight games. UP NEXTPhiladelphia: At New Jersey on Friday. Columbus: Hosts Edmonton on Saturday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports---Follow Mitch Stacy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mitchstacy
NCAAB Game Recap: Coastal Carolina (70) vs. UL Lafayette (83) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019LAFAYETTE, La. Jakeenan Gant had 29 points as Louisiana-Lafayette topped Coastal Carolina 83-70 on Thursday night.Cedric Russell had 14 points for Louisiana-Lafayette (17-11, 8-7 Sun Belt Conference). Marcus Stroman added 13 points, eight assists and five steals. Jerekius Davis had seven rebounds for the hosts.Devante Jones had 19 points for the Chanticleers (13-14, 7-8). Ebrima Dibba added 14 points. Free Sports Picks Daily. Tyrell Gumbs-Frater had 14 points.The Ragin' Cajuns leveled the season series against the Chanticleers with the win. Coastal Carolina defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 96-79 on Feb. 2. Louisiana-Lafayette plays Appalachian State at home on Sunday. Coastal Carolina faces Louisiana-Monroe on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https: //apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Florida Atlantic (60) vs. North Texas (54) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019DENTON, Texas Richardson Maitre registered 15 points as Florida Atlantic topped North Texas 60-54 on Thursday night.Karlis Silins had 12 points and three blocks for Florida Atlantic (17-12, 8-8 Conference USA). Xavian Stapleton added 12 points. Kevaughn Ellis had six rebounds for the visitors.Umoja Gibson had 18 points for the Mean Green (20-9, 8-8), whose losing streak reached five games. Roosevelt Smart added 12 points. Michael Miller had seven rebounds.The Owls improve to 2-0 against the Mean Green on the season. Florida Atlantic defeated North Texas 57-47 on Feb. 14. Florida Atlantic takes on Louisiana Tech at home on Wednesday. North Texas plays Marshall at home on Sunday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.a utomatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NHL Game Recap: Tampa Bay Lightning (1) vs. Boston Bruins (4) - Date: 2/28/2019 / BOSTON The Lightning have been dominating the Eastern Conference for the past few months. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Bruins sent them a reminder that they're very much still lurking behind them. Boston scored three times in less than three minutes in the third period and snapped Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay's franchise-best 10-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night. Jake DeBrusk, Noel Acciari, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand all had goals for the Bruins (38-17-9), who have won nine of their last 10 games and earned at least one point in 15 straight. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The game was the first in NHL history in which teams faced off while each owning simultaneous point streak s of 14 or more contests. Boston's win tied the season series between the East's top two teams at 1-1. Free Predictions. They will play twice more over the final five weeks of the regular season.''We got to them at the end there,'' DeBrusk said. ''Some great plays by the boys. If we play like that, we're a hard team to beat.''A goal by Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli's with 7:08 remaining prevented the Lightning (49-12-4) from being shut out for the first time since losing 1-0 in overtime to St. Louis on Feb. 7. Tuukka Rask had 20 saves for the Bruins. Louis Domingue stopped 37 shots for the Lightning in his 24th start of the season and first since Feb. 19.''We didn't play a good game at all,'' Domingue said. ''They showed up. ... They stepped on the gas for a full 60 (minutes). The challenge for us the rest of the way I think is gonna be to show teams they can't play with us.''The Bruins improved to 7-0-1 without leading goal scorer David Pastrnak in the lineup and are 11-0-2 in their last 13 games. They have not lost in regulation since a 3-2 home loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. The Lightning looked every bit like a team on the second night of a back-to-back and playing their third game in four nights. Tampa had scored four or more goals eight times in its previous 10 victories but looked lethargic and generated a minimal attack for most of the night. For the game, the Bruins outshot the Lightning 41-21. Boston took a 1-0 lead into the third period, then the floodgates opened in a hurry. First, Acciari got a takeaway in the zone and slipped his shot by Domingue. Less than a minute later, Bergeron made it 3-0. Then, Marchand got Boston's final goal of the night by converting on a breakaway opportunity. Boston capitalized on a penalty to score the game's f irst goal. Tampa's Victor Hedman was whistled for a slash to DeBrusk, earning a two-minute penalty with the 11:40 mark of the second. DeBrusk made the Bolts pay just 32 seconds into the ensuing power play, slapping Torey Krug's pass past Domingue to put Boston up 1-0. It was DeBrusk's seventh goal and 12th point in his last eight games. The Lightning had been perfect on penalty kills in their previous seven games. Domingue started at goaltender for the Lightning in place of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who entered the night tied with Vegas' Marc-Andre Fleury for NHL lead with six shutouts. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said part of the decision to sit Vasilevskiy was that Domingue has played well on the second night of back-to-backs. Down 1-0 in the third, Domingue did his part to give the Lightning a chance to come back. He had probably the stop of the night, snaring a point-blank chance by Joakim Nordstrom with a twisting glove save. Charlie McAvoy and Marcus Johan sson also came up empty on chances in close. The Bruins pushed the pace early outshooting Tampa 17-4 during a scoreless first. Boston's Charlie Coyle had perhaps the best scoring opportunity of the opening period from inside the crease, but Lightning defender Ryan McDonagh was there to back up Domingue and beat David Backes to the puck to prevent a rebound attempt. Acciari was in the starting lineup for Boston a day after having to undergo major dental work after he took a puck to the face against San Jose on Tuesday. NOTES: Backes and Tampa Bay's Adam Erned served a five-minute fighting penalty for their dustup in the first period. ... Tampa's Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette played in their 500th and 300th NHL games, respectively. Boston's McAvoy played in his 100th. ... The Bruins assigned forwards Peter Cehlarik and Karson Kuhlman to Providence of the AHL. UP NEXTLightning: Host Ottawa on Saturday. Bruins: Host New Jersey Saturday.---More NHL: https: //apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NHL Game Recap: Edmonton Oilers (4) vs. Ottawa Senators (2) - Date: 2/28/2019 / OTTAWA, Ontario Connor McDavid scored a slick goal, Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves and the Edmonton Oilers beat the league-worst Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Thursday night. Sam Gagner, Colby Cave and Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers, who stopped a two-game skid. Chris Tierney and Mark Borowiecki scored for the Senators, who lost their sixth straight, and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots in his ninth straight defeat. It was the first home game for Ottawa since Mark Stone was traded to Vegas, but thanks to McDavid the Senators had one of their biggest crowds of the season. Edmonton was up two goals after two periods and took a 3-1 lead 1:46 into the third when Cave took advantage of a giveaway by Christian Jaros for his second of the season. Ottawa made it a one-goal game when Borowiecki scored his first of the season at the seven-minute mark, but Kassi an iced it for the Oilers with an empty-net goal. Football Tipsters. The Senators appeared to tie the game at 10:38, but the goal was waived off because Colin White knocked the puck down with a high stick before scoring. Free Soccer Picks. Trailing 1-0, the Oilers tied it in the second when McDavid scored his 33rd of the season. McDavid dug the puck out of Oscar Lindberg's skates and then beat Anderson high from in close with a deke to the forehand. Edmonton took a 2-1 lead late in the period as Thomas Chabot left Gagner all alone. Gagner took a great pass from Ty Rattie for his fourth of the season. Anderson was busy from the start, making a couple big saves on McDavid early on, but it was the Senators who scored first. Sports Handicapping Monitor. Tierney scored his first in 19 games as he came from behind the net, grabbed a loose puck in front and beat Koskinen through the legs. NOTES: Rudolfs Balcers missed the game with an illness, while Christian Wolanin was a healthy scratch for the Senators. ... Edmonton scratched Kevin Gravel, Alexander Petrovic and Kyle Brodziak. UP NEXTOilers: Visit Columbus on Saturday. Senators: At league-leading Tampa Bay on Saturday night.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NCAAB Game Recap: North Dakota (88) vs. IPFW (82) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019FORT WAYNE, Ind. Cortez Seales had a career-high 32 points as North Dakota got past Purdue Fort Wayne 88-82 on Thursday night.John Konchar had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Mastodons (17-13, 9-6 Summit League). Jarred Godfrey added 12 points. Matt Weir had 12 points.The Fighting Hawks leveled the season series against the Mastodons with the win. Purdue Fort Wayne defeated North Dakota 84-73 on Dec. 29. North Dakota (12-16, 6-9) finishes out the regular season against South Dakota on the road on Saturday. Purdue Fort Wayne finishes out the regular season against North Dakota State at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Austin Peay (80) vs. Eastern Kentucky (82) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019RICHMOND, Ky. Nick Mayo scored 31 points including a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds on the clock to lift Eastern Kentucky past Austin Peay 82-80 Thursday night.Terry Taylor, who scored 37 points for Austin Peay, pulled up for a 3-point shot at the buzzer that bounced twice off the rim and fell out.Mayo was 11 of 16 from the field, making 4 of 5 from beyond the arc and was 5 of 7 at the free-throw line. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The senior also contributed nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Jomaru Brown added 17 points and nine assists for the Colonels (14-17, 7-11 Ohio Valley Conference), who have won 11 one-possession games this season.Chris Porter-Bunton scored 14 points for Austin Peay (21-10, 13-5) but fouled out after fouling Mayo and setting up the game-winning fre e throws. Football Picks. Taylor had 15 rebounds.The win improves Eastern Kentucky's chances of making the eight-team field for the conference tournament. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The Colonels were tied for eighth with SIU-Edwardsville and UT Martin.Austin Peay closes the season at OVC leader Murray State, which edged the Governors 73-71 two weeks ago.
NCAAB Game Recap: Marshall (90) vs. Louisiana Tech (79) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019RUSTON, La. Jon Elmore had 34 points as Marshall topped Louisiana Tech 90-79 on Thursday night.Jarrod West had 15 points for Marshall (15-13, 8-7 Conference USA), which ended its five-game road losing streak. Handicapper Return on Investment. Taevion Kinsey added 13 points. Jannson Williams had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.DaQuan Bracey had 26 points and six assists for the Bulldogs (18-11, 8-8). Amorie Archibald added 18 points. Anthony Duruji had 12 points and eight rebounds.The Thundering Herd evened the season series against the Bulldogs with the win. Louisiana Tech defeated Marshall 89-80 on Jan. 24. Marshall takes on North Texas on the road on Sunday. Louisiana Tech faces Florida International on the road on Sunday.---For more college basketball coverage: https:// apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NHL Game Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (1) vs. New York Islanders (6) - Date: 2/28/2019 / UNIONDALE, N. Y. ?? Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 Thursday night in former captain John Tavares' first time back as a visiting player. Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Islanders, who had lost three of their last four. Jordan Eberle and Cal Clutterbuck each had two assists, and Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots to help New York move two points ahead of Washington atop the Metropolitan Division one night before hosting the Capitals. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The Islanders' 81 points are one more than they had all of last season. Islanders fans, vocal on social media about their lingering displeasure with Tavares' departure after he repeatedly said he wanted to stay, booed lou dly when Tavares and the Maple Leafs hit the ice for pregame warmups, and when they came back out for the start of each period. Professional Sports Handicappers. They also serenaded him with choruses of "We Don't Need You!" and other derisive chants throughout the game, including around a video tribute midway through the first period. Free Sport Pick. The face of the franchise for nine years after he was selected No. 1 overall by New York in 2009, Tavares insisted he agonized over his decision to leave before announcing it on July 1, the first day of free agency. Zach Hyman scored for the Maple Leafs, who had won three straight. Garret Sparks finished with 31 saves. Cizikas got his second of the night for his 19th of the season and seventh in the last eight games, tipping the puck past Sparks 33 seconds into the third to push the Islanders' lead to 5-1. Nelson got a pass from Jordan Eberle and beat Sparks from the right side for his 20th at 8:41 for New York's sixth straight goal after trailing 1-0 in the first. Lee gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead 4:49 into the second with his team-leading 22nd goal. Brock Nelson brought the puck up the right side on a 2-on-1 rush, sent a pass back to the left side as he crossed the end line, and Lee put it past Sparks for his fourth goal in six games. Hyman appeared to tie it with his second of the night at 7:12 off a pass from Mitch Marner. However the goal was overturned after the Islanders challenged for offside on the play, drawing a rousing ovation from the raucous home crowd. Cizikas extended the Islanders' lead to 3-1 with a short-handed goal as he stole the puck from Tyler Ennis along the side boards, skated up the right side, cut across the front of the goal and beat Sparks through the five-hole with 6:20 left in the middle period. Filppula made it a three-goal lead as he put in a loose puck in front for his 13th with exactly a minute left in the second. Hyman put the Maple Leafs ahead 1-0, poking a loose puck in front off a deflection by Marner past Lehner for his 14th with 6:27 left in the first. Hyman has four goals and five points in his last six games. Beauvillier tied it less than 3 minutes later, firing a return pass from Josh Bailey on a 3-on-1 rush for his 15th. NOTES: Tavares spoke fondly about playing again at the Nassau Coliseum, where the Islanders played during his firsts six seasons. They played all their home games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and are splitting games between the two arenas this season. "The playoff series we had here were tremendous," Tavares said before the game. "Playing your first game and scoring your first goal and just what that was like. Just the atmosphere that was created here and a lot of those moments." ... Maple Leafs F Patrick Marleau pla yed in his 1,639 regular season game, tying Dave Andreychuk for seventh place on the NHL's career list. ... The Islanders have won both meetings with the Maple Leafs this season, also winning 4-0 at Toronto on Dec. 29. The teams conclude the season series back here on April 1 in New York's home finale. ... Cizikas has four career multigoal games, including three this season. He has also more than doubled his previous career high of nine goals. UP NEXTMaple Leafs; Host Buffalo on Saturday night. Islanders: Host Washington on Friday night.---follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwoo---More NHL: www.apnews.com/NHL and www.twitter.com/-Sports
NCAAB Game Recap: Mercer (71) vs. VMI (84) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019LEXINGTON, Va. Bubba Parham had 31 points as VMI beat Mercer 84-71 on Thursday night.Myles Lewis had 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for VMI (9-20, 3-14 Southern Conference). Garrett Gilkeson added 14 points. Sarju Patel had 12 points and six rebounds for the home team.Ethan Stair scored a career-high 22 points for the Bears (11-18, 6-11). Ross Cummings added 15 points. Jaylen Stowe had 13 points and 10 rebounds.The Keydets leveled the season series against the Bears with the win. Mercer defeated VMI 88-68 on Jan. 24. VMI finishes out the regular season against The Citadel at home on Saturday. Mercer finishes out the regular season against UNC Greensboro at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedin sights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Wofford (80) vs. Chattanooga (54) - Date: 2/28/2019 Top 25 debut Feb 28, 2019CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Fletcher Magee scored 18 points and No. 24 Wofford made a successful debut as an Top 25 team by trouncing Chattanooga 80-54 on Thursday for its 16th consecutive victory.Wofford, a private liberal arts college in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with fewer than 1,600 students, moved into the Top 25 for the first time in school history Monday. Football Tipsters. The Terriers responded by showcasing the depth and 3-point shooting prowess that got them to this point.The Terriers (25-4, 17-0 Southern Conference) haven't lost since falling 98-87 at Mississippi State on Dec. 19. Free Sports Picks. Their only other losses this season were against No. 5 North Carolina, Oklahoma and No. 15 Kansas.A vic tory Saturday at Samford would make Wofford the first Southern Conference team to finish the regular season unbeaten in league competition since Davidson in 2007-08. Money Cappers. That squad featured Stephen Curry and advanced to an NCAA regional final.Cameron Jackson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Wofford. Nathan Hoover added 11 points for the Terriers, who shot 11 of 25 from 3-point range.Donovann Toatley scored 16 and David Jean-Baptiste and Ramon Vila each had 10 for Chattanooga (12-18, 7-10). The Mocs have lost four of their last five and eight of their last 10 games.After Magee sank a 3-pointer with 1 second left in the first half to give Wofford a 10-point edge at the break, the Terriers opened the second half on a 20-2 run to build a 61-33 advantage.Wofford went on that 20-2 run without getting any points from Magee, who leads all Division I players in 3-pointers. Magee's only points of the second h alf came on a 3-pointer with 4:08 remaining.Magee already had done enough damage in the first half, when he scored 15 points and shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range. He ended up going 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and 5 of 10 overall.BIG PICTUREWofford: The Terriers showed no signs they were feeling any extra pressure in their first game as a ranked team. Although the game was close for most of the first half, Wofford eventually pulled away for an impressive road win.Chattanooga: In the earlier meeting between these teams on Jan. 26, Chattanooga had an eight-point lead in the second half before falling 80-69. The rematch wasn't nearly as close. Chattanooga entered the night ranked third in the Southern Conference in 3-point percentage (.371), but the Mocs went just 4 of 26 from beyond the arc Thursday. Chattanooga shot 8 of 27 overall and 1 of 13 on 3-point attempts in the second half.UP NEXTWofford is at Samford on Saturday.Chattanooga hosts Furman on Saturday.---Follow Steve M egargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargee---More college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25
NCAAB Game Recap: Arkansas State (60) vs. Georgia State (76) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019ATLANTA Jeff Thomas had 15 points to lead five Georgia State players in double figures as the Panthers beat Arkansas State 76-60 on Thursday night. D'Marcus Simonds added 14 points for the Panthers. Devin Mitchell chipped in 13, Damon Wilson scored 12 and Malik Benlevi had 10.Ty Cockfield II had 20 points for the Red Wolves (12-16, 6-9 Sun Belt Conference). Grantham Gillard added seven rebounds. Shaquillo Fritz had eight rebounds.Georgia State (20-9, 11-5) will seek its sixth consecutive home win on Saturday when the team hosts Arkansas-Little Rock. Arkansas State plays Georgia Southern on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats .com
NCAAB Game Recap: Connecticut (63) vs. Wichita State (65) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019WICHITA, Kan. Samajae Haynes-Jones scored 20 points and hit a jumper at the buzzer as Wichita State erased a 10-point deficit and beat Connecticut 65-63 on Thursday night.UConn's Alterique Gilbert scored on back-to-back 3-pointers inside the final minute that tied the game at 63. Haynes-Jones took an inbounds pass with 6.4 seconds to go, dribbled the floor and sealed it with an off-balance shot from the corner.''I've shot that shot a lot in my life,'' Haynes-Jones said. ''I was relaxed and knocked it down. I knew it was going in.'' Wichita State (14-13, 7-8 American Athletic Conference) rebounded from an 88-85 loss against Memphis on Saturday and has won two of its last three games. Coach Gregg Marshall also picked up his 300th career win with the Shockers.Haynes-Jones was 7 of 16 from the floor and ma de four 3-pointers. Asbjorn Midtgaard had four blocks in the second half to halt UConn's comeback and sent the Huskies (13-15, 4-11) home with their sixth straight loss.Markis McDuffie scored 13 of his 19 points for the Shockers in the second half. Jamarius Burton added 11 points.Gilbert scored 18 points and Josh Carlton added 10 for UConn. Gilbert had 13 points in the second half.''We weren't as locked in as we needed to be,'' UConn coach Dan Hurley said. ''We had some moments . just not enough to win against anyone in this league on the road. Leading Handicappers. That was a sad defensive game.'' Wichita State let a seven-point, first-half lead slip and trailed 37-27 early in the second. MLB Handicappers. The Shockers didn't regain the lead until the 10-minute mark of the second half.The Shockers improved from 2 4 percent shooting in the first half to shoot 42 percent from the field in the second.BIG PICTUREUConn: Lost its sixth consecutive game without point guard Jalen Adams, who is expected to miss two or three more weeks with a knee sprain.Wichita State: Has won six of its last eight games and improves to 7-8 in the American Conference after starting 1-6.PAIR OF BUZZER BEATERSHaynes-Jones scored the buzzer against SMU on Jan. 30. ''It's been up and down,'' Marshall said, ''but, by and large, where would we be without him?''WIN NUMBER 300''I feel like that shot was the tip of the iceberg on how blessed I have been as a coach,'' Marshall said. ''I'll definitely remember No. 300 at Wichita State.'' UP NEXTUConn: The Huskies host South Florida on Sunday.Wichita State: The Shockers play at Southern Methodist on Sunday.---More college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top2 5
NCAAB Game Recap: Texas State (58) vs. Troy (44) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019TROY, Ala. Mason Harrell registered 14 points as Texas State defeated Troy 58-44 on Thursday night.Nijal Pearson had 15 points and six rebounds for Texas State (23-6, 12-4 Sun Belt Conference).Tre'Larenz Nottingham, the Bobcats' second leading scorer heading into the matchup at 14 points per game, was held to only 7 points. He was 0 of 4 from beyond the arc.Troy put up 21 first-half points, a season low for the team.Alex Hicks had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans (11-16, 4-11), who have now lost four games in a row.Texas State faces South Alabama on the road on Saturday. Sports Handicapping. Troy plays Texas-Arlington at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Autom ated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: William & Mary (67) vs. Towson (65) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019TOWSON, Md. Nathan Knight split a pair of free throws and then blocked a shot on the other end in the waning seconds to secure William & Mary's 67-65 victory over Towson on Thursday night.Towson's Tobias Howard had a chance to win it, but missed a 3-point attempt with one second remaining.Knight, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds, made the first of two free throws for a 67-65 lead with 12 seconds remaining. Brian Fobbs drove for a layup after Knight missed the second, but Knight hustled down the floor to block the attempt with four seconds left.William & Mary (13-16, 9-8 Colonial Athletic Association) secured a first-round bye in the conference tournament with the win.Justin Pierce had 17 points and eight rebounds and Chase Audige added 15 for the Tribe.Fobbs led Towson (10-20, 6-11) with 22 points.
NCAAB Game Recap: Illinois Chicago (72) vs. Oakland (86) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019OAKLAND, Mich. Brad Brechting had 20 points as Oakland defeated Illinois-Chicago 86-72 on Thursday night.Brechting made all 10 of his free throw attempts.Jaevin Cumberland had 16 points and six rebounds for Oakland (14-16, 10-7 Horizon League). He also had seven turnovers but only six assists. Free Sports Picks Twitter. Tray Maddox Jr. added 15 points. Karmari Newman had 13 points for the hosts.The Golden Grizzlies forced a season-high 20 turnovers.Godwin Boahen had 20 points and seven assists for the Flames (15-15, 9-8). Make Money Betting Sports. Tarkus Ferguson added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He also committed seven turnovers. Rob Howard Jr. had 10 points.The Golden Grizzlies improve to 2-0 against the Flames for the season. Oakland defeated Illinois-Chicago 80-67 on Jan. 26. Oakland finishes out the regular season against IUPUI at home on Saturday. Illinois-Chicago finishes out the regular season against Detroit on the road on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NCAAB Game Recap: Elon (73) vs. James Madison (58) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019HARRISONBURG, Va. Steven Santa Ana had 20 points as Elon beat James Madison 73-58 on Thursday night.Tyler Seibring had 18 points and five assists for Elon (10-20, 6-11 Colonial Athletic Conference). Sheldon Eberhardt added 15 points.Darius Banks had 15 points and six rebounds for the Dukes (13-17, 6-11). Dwight Wilson added 12 points. Matt Lewis had 10 points, as did Stuckey Mosley.The Phoenix improve to 2-0 against the Dukes on the season. Elon defeated James Madison 68-65 on Dec. 30. Elon finishes out the regular season against Towson on the road on Saturday. James Madison finishes out the regular season against William & Mary at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (108) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (104) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019OKLAHOMA CITY Tobias Harris scored 32 points and Ben Simmons had a triple-double to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-104 on Thursday night.Harris, acquired earlier in February in a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, posted his highest point total in eight games with the 76ers. Sports Bettor Leads. The 76ers needed his offense because center Joel Embiid, the league's No. 6 scorer, missed his fourth straight game with left knee soreness.Simmons finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double of the season.Russell Westbrook posted his 25th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but he made 8 of 24 shots. Jerami Grant added 23 points for the Thunder, who lost their third stra ight.Thunder forward Paul George, the league's No. 2 scorer, sat out with soreness in his right shoulder. Free Winning Sports Picks. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said before the game that George was injured during a loss at Denver on Tuesday night.The 76ers led by 16 in the first half and were up 60-49 at the break. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Thunder cut their deficit down to two late in the third, but the 76ers handled the surge and led 86-79 heading into the fourth.The 76ers led by two with 2.1 seconds left and barely got the ball inbounds. JJ Redick made two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.TIP-INS76ers: Grant, who started his career in Philadelphia, made 10 of 17 shots and had six rebounds. ... Jonah Bolden, a rookie from Australia, matched a season high with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.Thunder: Free agent p ickup Markieff Morris got his first start with the Thunder. It was just his fourth game with Oklahoma City. He finished with 17 points in 19 minutes. ... It was the 129th triple-double of Westbrook's career.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.Thunder: Visit the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBrunt---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NCAAB Game Recap: Xavier (84) vs. St Johns (73) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019JAMAICA, N. Y. Naji Marshall had a career-high 31 points as Xavier got past St. John's 84-73 on Thursday night.Marshall hit 10 of 12 from the free throw line.Quentin Goodin had 13 points for Xavier (16-13, 8-8 Big East Conference), which won its fifth consecutive game. Zach Hankins added 11 points and seven rebounds. Profitable Sports Handicappers. Tyrique Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.LJ Figueroa had 23 points for the Red Storm (20-9, 8-8). Shamorie Ponds added 13 points and six assists. Marvin Clark II had 11 points.Xavier plays Butler on the road on Tuesday. St. John's takes on DePaul on the road on Sunday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, ht tp://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com
NBA Game Recap: Miami Heat (118) vs. Houston Rockets (121) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019HOUSTON James Harden had 58 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Houston Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat 121-118 on Thursday night.Harden made 8 of 18 3-pointers and was 16 of 32 overall from the field and 18 of 18 on free throws. He fell three points short of his career high set at New York on Jan. 23, and had the most point ever against the Heat - breaking Willie Burton's mark of 53 for Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 1994.Austin Rivers scored 17 points, and Chris Paul and Gary Clark each had 14 to help Houston win its fourth straight game. Sports Handicapping Sites. The Rockets shot 49 percent, including 19 of 46 on 3-pointers.Kelly Olynyk and Goran Dragic each had 21 points for Miami, Justise Winslow added 19 points and eight assists , and Josh Richardson had 18 points. freepick. The Heat shot 52 percent, making 15 of 28 3-pointers.Miami was coming off a home victory over Golden State on Wednesday night on Dwyane Wade's banked 3-pointer at the buzzer. Houston played at Charlotte on Wednesday night.With Houston down 113-103 after Dragic's 3-pointer with 6:18 remaining, Harden scored 10 points on a 14-0 run that made it 117-113.Miami had a chance to regain the lead after Paul missed a 3-pointer, but Wade missed a jumper, and Richardson missed a 3-pointer. Paul hit a jumper with 46 seconds left to give finish the scoring.TIP INSHeat: James Johnson (shoulder sprain) and Hassan Whiteside (hip strain) did not play. ... Wade had 12 points, Waiters had 11 and Adebayo 10. ... Handicapper Return on Investment. The Heat outscored Houston 46-32 in the paint.Rockets: Kenneth Faried (hip), Eric Gordon (knee) and Iman Shumpert (calf) sat out. Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said Faried was day-to-day after leaving Wednesday's game with the injury. Clark started for the Rockets. ... Houston committed 16 turnovers, which led to 27 points.TUCKER EJECTEDAfter an offensive foul with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third, Houston forward P. J. Tucker argued the call on his way back up the court, earning two technical fouls and an ejection. Tucker had to be restrained by two assistant coaches as he left the court.UP NEXTHeat: Host Brooklyn on Saturday night.Rockets: At Boston on Sunday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports
NBA Game Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers (125) vs. New York Knicks (118) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019NEW YORK Kevin Love scored 26 points, Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton each had 22 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 125-118 on Thursday night.Cedi Osman added 21 points as Cleveland won for the third time in four games. Best Sports Picks Service. The Knicks had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.Allonzo Trier scored 22 points for the Knicks, who led 99-85 after Damyean Dotson's jumper to open the fourth quarter.The Knicks still led by nine following Kevin Knox's jumper with 3:51 left, but Sexton's three-point play and layup brought Cleveland within 113-109.After Knox followed with two free throws, the Cavs scored the next 12 points to take the lead for good.Osman's 3-pointer with 2:19 left cut it to one. Football Handicappers. Then, after a turnover by Dennis Smith Jr., Trier committed a clear-path foul on Clarkson. Clarkson hit both free throws to put Cleveland ahead and then hit a 3 on Cleveland's next possession before Love's two free throws ended the 12-0 streak.Smith scored 16 points and Noah Vonleh finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Henry Ellenson scored 13 points, Mitchell Robinson had 12 and Emmanuel Mudiay and Lance Thomas each scored 10.New York led by nine in the second quarter. But a 20-10 run culminated by Ante Zizic's short hook with 3:07 left in the first half gave the Cavs their first lead, 51-50.Robinson's alley-oop dunk gave the Knicks a 59-57 halftime lead, which they increased to 97-85 on Smith's four-point play with 3 seconds left in the third.TIP-INS:Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson, who leads the Cavaliers with 11.1 rpg, has missed 17 straight games with a sore left foot. . Sexton is the only Cavalier to play in all 62 games this season.Knicks: New York last beat the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2014, a 117-86 blowout. ... DeAndre Jordan (sprained left ankle) missed his third consecutive game and Frank Ntilikina (groin injury) has now missed 14 straight.DOIMINATIONThe Cavaliers have beaten the Knicks in all three meetings this season. Fighting Predictions. They have swept the season series for the third time in four years and have won 15 of the last 18 meetings.SEEKING CONSISTENCYThe Knicks used the same starting lineup (Smith, Dotson, Knox, Thomas and Vonleh) for the third straight game. New York hadn't utilized the same starting five in three consecutive games since Jan. 7-11. Only Knox and Vonleh were members of that quintet. The other starters during that stretch were Luke Kornet, Mudiay and the since-departed Tim Hardaway Jr.HITTIN' THE ROADAfter playing four straight games at home, the Knicks go west for a three-game road trip which will take them to California (LA Clippers, Sacramento Kings) and Arizona (Phoenix Suns). After a quick stop back at Madison Square Garden for a rematch with the Kings, New York travels to the Midwest and Southwest for games against the Timberwolves, Pacers and Spurs.UP NEXT:Cavaliers: Hosts Detroit on Saturday.Knicks: Visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (96) vs. Orlando Magic (103) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019ORLANDO, Fla. The Orlando Magic proved again they can beat the best of the NBA.They've also shown this week they can lose to some of the worst.Aaron Gordon had 22 points and 15 rebounds, Terrence Ross added 16 points and the Magic rallied in the final three minutes to beat the Golden State Warriors 103-96 on Thursday night.The win completes a week in which the Magic went 2-2, also beating Atlantic Division leader Toronto, but losing to the lowly New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls.''It's complacency, we've got to beat complacency,'' Gordon said. ''We showed again tonight we're a good team, but we've got to learn to play at that level against everybody and not be complacent.'' A night after they were stunned in Miami by Dwyane Wade's buzzer-beater, the Warriors blew an 11-point lea d in the fourth quarter and lost for the fourth time in six games.D. J. Augustin scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando end an 11-game losing streak to the Warriors. Orlando's last win over Golden State was on Dec. 14, 2012.''Playing up-and-down has been an issue for us all year, but we're finally showing confidence in ourselves, especially in the fourth quarter,'' Vucevic said. ''We didn't have any focus against the Knicks the other night, but we stayed with it against (the Warriors) and it paid off. We need to do that every night now.'' Stephen Curry scored 33 points, but was only 1 for 6 in the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins each had 21 for the Warriors, who played without Kevin Durant (rest) and Andre Iguodala (sick).Golden State was just 7 of 23 in the fourth quarter, getting outscored 33-15. Best Sports Picks Ser vice. The Warriors hit just 9 of 40 (22.5 percent) from behind the 3-point line in the game. Curry was 5 of 17 on 3-pointers.''Steph is beating himself up a little bit because he knows he had a lot of open shots that didn't go,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''I thought Orlando did a better job executing down the stretch than we did. I didn't think we executed very well at either end of the floor, especially in the fourth quarter.'' It was the first time Golden State lost to Eastern Conference teams in back-to-back nights since March 1-2, 2013, at Boston and Philadelphia.The Warriors, who trailed by eight at halftime, outscored Orlando 30-11 in the third period, limiting the Magic to 5-of-23 shooting (21.7 percent) and forcing four turnovers to take an 81-70 lead going into the fourth quarter.The Magic roared back behind Ross, who hit three 3-pointers to ignite a 15-4 run. His last 3-pointer tied the game at 89-all with 4:1 6 left.Curry then fed Jordan Bell for a layup and converted an open 3-pointer to put Golden State back in front 94-89, but the lead didn't last long.The Magic ran off 10 straight points, including a 3-pointer by Gordon, who had nine points and six rebounds in the period.''Considering the way we finished the third quarter, we were pretty much in control of the game,'' Curry said. ''But we missed a lot of shots and didn't get any stops so it's a frustrating way to end. Sports Cappers. This is a tough one.'' Golden State trailed from the opening minute until Draymond Green converted a fast-break layup to give the Warriors their first lead, 65-63 midway through the third quarter. Free Sport Pick. That was part of a 16-3 run sparked mostly by the defense. Curry scored 10 straight Warriors points to help Golden State to an 11-point lead by the end of the period.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State needs one more road win to assure the Warriors a winning record in road games for the sixth straight season. . Warriors are first in the NBA with 6.7 blocks per game, but had only three against Orlando. . The Warriors had their first seven games against the Southeast Division.Magic: Augustin, who had one blocked shot all season, blocked two of Curry's jump shots. . Backup PG Isaiah Briscoe returned after missing the last two games with a concussion. He had eight points and nine rebounds. . The Magic limited Golden State to just 5-of-22 shooting (22.7 percent) on 3-pointers in the first half. . Orlando's bench, which got outscored 75-7 in the last game, outscored Golden State's bench 35-12.DURANT TAKES A SEATDurant missed his first game this season. He scored 29 points in 39 minutes of Golden State's 126-125 loss Wednesday in Miami. ''He's just wiped out,'' Kerr said. ''He's been going at it hard and playing every game, so with this back-to-back made it obvious. He's earned a day off.'' UP NEXTWarriors: Finish four-game road trip at Philadelphia on Saturday.Magic: Start three-game road trip at Indianapolis on Saturday.
NBA Game Recap: Minnesota Timberwolves (115) vs. Indiana Pacers (122) - Date: 2/28/2019 Feb 28, 2019INDIANOLIS The short-handed Indiana Pacers overcame the absence of two keys players - and Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns' fast start.Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 35 points and Pacers beat the Timberwolves 122-115 on Thursday night. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. Towns had 42 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first quarter.Indiana played without Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle), and Tyreke Evans (food poisoning).''All we need is (who) we've got in this (locker) room,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''We've been adapting, really, all season long with guys being out. Losing Victor early in the season, losing him later in the season for the year ... Our coaches do a go od job of keeping guys ready to play, and they've been able to step in win games. We're still trying to establish who we are.'' With the game tied at 107 with less than four minutes remaining, Bogdanovic drove for the go-ahead layup. Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins then missed two free throws on the next possession, and Bogdanovic extended the Pacers lead on the other end of the floor with a wide-open 3-pointer. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The Pacers closed with a 15-8 run, with Bogdanovic scoring 11 points.''It shows how resilient we are, how strong we are mentally,'' Bogdanovic said. ''We were short-handed without Domantas, then our big (men) early on get into foul trouble. But we did a great job at the beginning of the second quarter. Again, great effort, great team defense.'' TJ Leaf added a career-high 18 points for Indiana. Sports Free Picks. The Pacers overcame an early 12-point deficit and led 64-60 at halftime.''It's rough. I mean, it's not easy to win in the NBA. And we didn't do the things we needed to do to win and execute in the end,'' Towns said. ''We just got to be better on the defensive end. We had too many miscues and it cost us.'' TIP-INSTimberwolves: Towns had his 52nd 30-plus point game and the 15th of the season. He has had 30 or more in three straight games. ... Minnesota is 4-23 when trailing after three quarters, and 41-12 when leading or tied after three.Pacers: Indiana is 9-3 on the second night of a back-to-back and 7-0 when the second game is at home. ... Myles Turner has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last eight games.NEXT UPTimberwolves: At Washington on Sunday night.Pacers: Hosts Orlando on Saturday night.