Today is Monday, November 30, 2015.
|Monday, November 30, 2015|
|National Basketball Assoc.|
|Mavericks||vs.||Kings||7:00 (EST) Preview|
Sunday, November 29 at 1:15 PM (EST)
Rajon Rondo's short-lived stint with the Dallas Mavericks ended in ignominious fashion.
The NBA assists leader will face the Mavericks for the first time since leaving the club Monday night at home for the Sacramento Kings, who are hoping DeMarcus Cousins returns to the lineup.
Rondo was traded from Boston to Dallas on Dec. 28 in a move designed to help the Mavericks make a playoff push. It turned out to be a disaster, with the point guard never fitting into Rick Carlisle's system and serving a one-game suspension for a shouting match with the coach.
The Mavericks lost in the first round of the playoffs in five games to Houston. Rondo did not play in the final three of those due to a back injury the team said he did not disclose until he re-aggravated it in a loss in Game 2.
Rondo averaged 6.5 assists in 46 games with Dallas compared to 10.8 in his first 22 contests with the Celtics last season.
He's back to his usual level of production with a league-best 11.0 assists per game and NBA-high four triple-doubles with the Kings, whom he joined as a free agent in the offseason.
Sacramento (6-12) has dropped six straight and 21 of 23 meetings with Dallas.
Cousins could return from a three-game absence due to a lower back strain. He averages team highs of 27.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, and Sacramento is 1-7 in games he's missed.
"He's definitely an integral part to what we do," center Kosta Koufos said. "He's an All-Star, once he comes back we'll be clicking on all cylinders."
Dallas (10-7) signed Deron Williams in the offseason to fill its point guard vacancy. Williams scored a season-high 22 points Saturday to help the Mavericks end a three-game slide with a 92-81 home win over Denver.
After yielding 52 points in the first half, the Mavs outscored the Nuggets 25-5 in the third quarter.
''We finally played with a little more energy,'' Dirk Nowitzki said. ''Overall, I like how we worked for each other.''
The Mavs' two-game road trip concludes against Portland on Tuesday. They went 0-3 on the trip that preceded Saturday's contest.
"We've got an unselfish crew, guys that wanna play with each other and veterans that have been around and have been in all sorts of situations and just want to make it work, want to play off each other and want to have some fun," Nowitzki said. "It's been a decent start, (though) the last three games were a little rough."
The Kings were routed 120-101 on the road by Golden State on Saturday. Rudy Gay scored 20 points as he bounced back from scoring two on 1-of-13 shooting in Friday's 101-91 home defeat to Minnesota.
"We'll get back on the right track but right now, we've got to hopefully get healthy with Cous," coach George Karl said. "Once he gets in the lineup, I think we'll get our confidence in a good direction."
|Nuggets||vs.||Bucks||7:00 (EST) Preview|
Sunday, November 29 at 6:09 PM (EST)
The Milwaukee Bucks made lineup changes in order to alleviate their defensive woes, though it didn't prevent a sixth loss in seven games.
Coach Jason Kidd has not decided whether he will stick with a defensive-minded lineup when the Bucks try to hand the visiting Denver Nuggets a seventh straight loss Monday night.
Kidd opted to use Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker off the bench for the first time in Sunday's 87-82 defeat at Charlotte, giving O.J. Mayo his first start and Jerryd Bayless his first in his last six games.
The moves were made because Milwaukee (6-11) allows 109.0 points per 48 minutes for the league's worst mark. They changes proved very successful, as the Bucks yielded a point total that matched their second-lowest and limited the Hornets to 38.6 percent for their second-best mark.
Milwaukee held Charlotte to 37.5 percent shooting in the first quarter in building a six-point lead.
''I thought the lineup switch got us off to a really good start,'' said Kidd, who said he will discuss with his staff what lineup to use Monday. ''Defensively, guys were into it. We got a lot of deflections. We had multiple shooters on the floor.''
Milwaukee outscored Charlotte in every quarter except the second, a period that proved decisive as the Hornets held a 23-9 edge.
"The effort was there, the energy was there, the understanding is you gotta play four quarters and we just came up short in one of them," Kidd said.
One horrific quarter was an issue for Denver (6-11) in Saturday's 92-81 loss at Dallas. The Nuggets were outscored 25-5 in the third after going into halftime up by four.
"Our challenge is to play for 48 minutes and we've been unable to do so lately," coach Michael Malone said. "We go to Milwaukee and we gotta try to get that losing streak over by getting a win and to stop beating yourself on the road."
The Nuggets haven't lost seven in a row since Jan. 16-26.
"I temper my frustration with the understanding that we are a very young team," Malone said. "When we start our normal lineup, we have a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old so being young in the Western Conference makes it difficult. So it is frustrating, nobody likes to lose, we all hate to lose but you lose six games in a row, that gets old after a while."
The 21-year-old player in question is second-year guard Gary Harris, who started the first 16 games before sitting out Saturday with a concussion. Randy Foye took his place in the lineup.
Denver welcomed back Kenneth Faried, who had 10 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes after missing three games with a sprained ankle.
Faried scored on a putback of Danilo Gallinari's missed shot for the winning basket in Denver's 103-102 home victory over Milwaukee on Nov. 11. Gallinari scored 25 in the Nuggets' 10th victory in 11 games against the Bucks.
Bayless led Milwaukee with 22 points and Greg Monroe had 18 and 10 rebounds. Carter-Williams and Parker missed the contest due to injuries.
|Spurs||vs.||Bulls||7:00 (EST) Preview|
By JORDAN GARRETSON - STATS Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 5:39 PM (EST)
The San Antonio Spurs are off to the second-best start in the NBA, thanks in large part to them ranking first in the league in scoring defense.
That could be spell trouble for the Chicago Bulls, who find themselves in an offensive slump going into Monday night's meeting at the United Center.
At 14-3, the Spurs trail only undefeated Golden State, and they've won 11 of 12. They're giving up an 89.7 points per game and have held six of their last nine opponents to 84 or fewer, while accomplishing that feat eight times on the season - twice more than they did in 2014-15.
They limited Atlanta to 42.5 percent shooting in Saturday's 108-88 home victory, shutting down a Hawks team that had averaged 106.4 points in its previous five games.
San Antonio excelled defensively last season, too, giving up 97.0 points per game to rank third. LaMarcus Aldridge has helped fuel the improvement with the Spurs allowing 96.0 points per 100 possessions when he's on the floor. Tiago Splitter (100.9), Aron Baynes (102.5) and Boris Diaw (104.1) split the majority of the starts at power forward in 2014-15.
"Usually we are a team that builds defensively, slowly," guard Manu Ginobili said. "This year we started very well, very aggressively. The addition of LaMarcus gives us more size. He has quick feet to switch, to get in a better position quicker."
Chicago (9-5) followed a four-game winning streak by dropping two of three to end a four-game trip. The Bulls shot 37.6 percent in those three contests and were held to fewer than 95 points in each.
They shot a season-low 34.8 percent in Friday's 104-92 loss to Indiana, going 21 for 66 on 2-point shots. Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 25 points but the other starters were a combined 14 of 49 from the field.
Chicago was also outscored 21-5 on the fast break and has given up a 73-29 advantage in transition in the last four contests.
"Just have to keep fighting to get better; just didn't play well," coach Fred Hoiberg told the team's official website. "Especially on the offensive end as a team. Movement, get the ball swung; we're doing it in practice, getting the ball swung. We've got to carry it over to the games."
Derrick Rose has shot 11 for 36 in two games since sitting out two with a sprained ankle.
"Oh, my God, I felt like I played like (crap) tonight," he said. "I don't know what the case might be. Thanksgiving, I don't know. It's a hard one losing like that in here, but the energy level, my energy, wasn't up. It is a tough game when you come back from the West Coast, but we can't use that as an excuse."
Pau Gasol is also struggling, shooting 35.8 percent over his last five games, though he's still been a factor on the glass with 56 rebounds in that span.
Tony Parker is in the midst of an extremely efficient stretch for the Spurs, shooting 68.0 percent over his last five games. He's made 53.6 percent in his last eight meetings with Chicago.
San Antonio has won four of the last six meetings, while the Bulls are 5-1 at home this season.
|Warriors||vs.||Jazz||7:00 (EST) Preview|
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO - STATS Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 11:01 PM (EST)
A seven-game road trip may be the biggest challenge to the Golden State Warriors' NBA-record start to the season.
That's exactly why they wanted Stephen Curry to be rested.
Curry looks to help the Warriors improve to 19-0 and extend their winning streak to 23 regular-season games Monday night against the Utah Jazz, though they'll have to do so without Harrison Barnes.
Golden State is outscoring opponents by an average of 16.0 points during its incredible season-opening winning streak. The Warriors' 22-game run began April 9, and is tied with the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the third-longest streak in NBA history.
Golden State is about to undergo perhaps its toughest test yet, though it doesn't come against any particular opponent. Instead, it comes against the rigors of the first of two seven-game trips this season.
This one includes roughly 7,378 miles with around 23 hours of flight time.
With the Warriors typically winning easily, the team has taken extra precaution in giving the league's reigning MVP extra rest with this road trip looming.
Curry didn't play in the fourth quarter for the fourth straight game in Saturday's 120-101 win over Sacramento. He went 4 for 7 from the floor and tied his season low of 19 points, well below his league-leading 31.9 per game.
"I'm sure Steph doesn't like it," interim coach Luke Walton said. "But the coaching staff and the training staff, we're thrilled to get him that rest."
Curry averages 34.5 points in eight road games and has scored 34.3 over his last three visits to Utah. He had 32 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in the most recent Jan. 30, but that wasn't enough in a 110-100 loss - Golden State's only defeat in the last eight matchups.
Draymond Green had seven points and five boards in that loss.
Green has totaled 27 points, 22 assists and 21 rebounds with six blocks in the past two games, becoming the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to get back-to-back triple-doubles.
"He got a huge contract this summer and he came back a better player. He's playing at an All-Star level right now," Walton said.
The Warriors might need Green, Curry and Klay Thompson to do even more with one of their fellow starters out for at least the first three games of the trip. Barnes, who missed Saturday's win with a sprained left ankle, won't be re-evaluated until next week.
Utah (8-7) is aiming for its first three-game winning streak of the season, falling short on three previous tries.
While Golden State is the league's highest scoring team at 115.8 points per game, the Jazz are among the best defensively. Their 93.2 points per game against is among the lowest in the NBA, but they give up the fewest field-goal attempts at 75.6 per contest.
Utah allowed 69 shots Saturday, winning 101-87 over New Orleans. Alec Burks chipped in with 21 points while making 9 of 14 from the floor, a tremendous improvement after he averaged 10.3 points and went 9 for 36 over the three previous games.
"The biggest thing with Alec, I keep emphasizing with him is his decisions," coach Quin Snyder said. "When he makes high-percentage decisions, he can shoot it, he can pass it, he can handle, he can finish. It's just a question of what is the defense giving?"
The shoulder injury that ended Burks' season in December last season forced him to miss the last three meetings with Golden State.
Gordon Hayward had 26 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and six assists against the Warriors on Jan. 30. He's averaging 22.8 points and has made 9 of 17 3-pointers over the past four games.
|Celtics||vs.||Heat||7:30 (EST) Preview|
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO - STATS Writer
Monday, November 30 at 1:27 AM (EST)
Unless Luol Deng has a very good morning, the Miami Heat will start Gerald Green in his place again.
After turning in his best performance of the season, Green is expected to continue filling in for the injured Deng as the Heat host the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Deng has missed two games with a strained left hamstring, and he's not expected to return yet.
"I hope that I magically wake up and I feel great," said Deng, who is averaging 10.3 points.
Barring that, Green will get a third straight start. He earned it after scoring a season-high 25 points while hitting 8 of 14 from the floor in Friday's 97-78 win at New York. He was also effective defending Carmelo Anthony, who missed his final eight shots and finished with 11 points.
Deng wasn't surprised by Green's defensive effort.
"We know Gerald can do that," he said. "Any time you can put him out there and he can get you 20. He's a great scorer. He gives us a different look. We said it from the start that this is a deep team. It's good that when guys are out or not playing great that we got guys who are ready to step up."
That hasn't always been the case with Green, who is on his eighth team since being drafted 18th overall by Boston in 2005. He's missed six games this season after being hospitalized following an incident at his apartment. He was suspended by the Heat (10-5) for two of those for conduct detrimental to the team.
"What I do have to do, which is a requirement to wear this jersey, is to go out there and keep playing defense and that's what I'm going to do," Green said.
That attitude fits in with Miami yielding an Eastern Conference-best 91.7 points per game, a big reason the team is atop the Southeast Division and 8-2 at home.
Dwyane Wade is averaging 22.3 points during the Heat's three-game home winning streak. He scored 34 while connecting on 13 of 23 from the field, but that wasn't enough in a 100-90 home loss to the Celtics (9-8) on March 9.
Boston is trying to avoid its first four-game road losing streak since Dec. 21-Jan. 3.
The Celtics are surrendering an average of 114.0 points and 51.6 percent shooting - 40.6 from long range - over the last three games, and they're 0-7 overall when opponents reach the century mark.
After allowing a total of 158 points in home wins over Philadelphia and Washington, Boston fell apart in Sunday's opener of this five-game trip. The team shot 40.9 percent from the field and 18.5 from beyond the arc while getting outrebounded 54-34 in a 110-91 loss at Orlando.
"It's not just one guy, all five guys on the court were lacking," said forward Jae Crowder, who had 12 points. "They came up with every loose ball and every offensive rebound they got, they scored on or so it seemed. We have to get better on that."
Isaiah Thomas leads Boston with 21.2 points per game, but he's totaled 34 while making 10 of 29 from the floor over the last two on the road. The guard scored 25 points at Miami in March but only mustered four in a 93-86 home defeat later that month.
|Rockets||vs.||Pistons||7:30 (EST) Preview|
By JEFF BARTL - STATS Senior Writer
Monday, November 30 at 12:42 AM (EST)
Whether or not there was a rift between James Harden and former Houston coach Kevin McHale, Harden seemed to take it upon himself to will the Rockets to victory even more so once interim boss J.B. Bickerstaff took over.
He finally found out how nice it can be when he gets some help from his teammates.
The Rockets seek a third consecutive victory when they visit the slumping Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Harden averaged 27.3 points but shot just 37.2 percent during Houston's 4-7 start before McHale was fired Nov. 18, ending a reportedly contentious relationship and leading to McHale's wife taking jabs at Harden through social media.
It didn't take long for Harden to move on, scoring 45 points in a win over Portland hours after McHale was let go. It was the first of three 40-point performances during the Rockets' 3-3 stretch that includes a 50-point effort in Friday's 116-114 win over Philadelphia.
Harden, averaging 34.5 points and shooting 44.6 percent under Bickerstaff, had an off night Sunday, going 10 of 28 from the field and missing all seven 3-point attempts while scoring 26.
Four others scored in double figures, though, to help Houston (7-10) beat New York 116-111 in overtime. The Rockets trailed by 14 in the fourth quarter, but Marcus Thornton hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left in regulation to help Houston get it to the extra session.
Thornton and Clint Capela (11 rebounds) scored 18 points apiece while Trevor Ariza added 16 and Dwight Howard finished with 14.
It marked Harden's lowest point total in a Houston victory.
''It was a lesson in perseverance,'' Bickerstaff said. ''We got down, but we didn't give in. It is a credit to our guys' mental toughness and fortitude.''
Houston has won eight of the last nine meetings with Detroit after Harden finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a 103-93 victory March 6.
The Pistons (8-9) head into this meeting having lost four of five after falling 87-83 at Brooklyn on Sunday. They've been woeful offensively over their last four, shooting 36.1 percent after making 34 of 101 from the field against the Nets.
That performance dropped Detroit to the bottom of the NBA in field-goal percentage at 40.8. Andre Drummond had his 15th double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 21 points.
Reggie Jackson finished 4 of 20 from the field.
''I think what it really came down to is we were mentally very weak,'' coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''We got very frustrated, you know, missing shots, thinking we're getting fouled. It affected our defense. I thought we took several bad shots in the fourth quarter just trying to draw fouls instead of trying to get good shots. I just didn't think we played very smart, poised basketball and that was disappointing.''
The Pistons have fallen off since a 5-1 start as they continue to play without guard Brandon Jennings, who is still recovering from a torn left Achilles suffered in January.
''I like the guys we have. I like the character of our team. I like the fit of our team," Van Gundy said. "We've just got to keep working to improve on both ends and gain experience, both together and individually.''
|Trail Blazers||vs.||Clippers||7:30 (EST) Preview|
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By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO - STATS Writer
Monday, November 30 at 12:05 AM (EST)
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are emerging as a major one-two punch for the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Los Angeles Clippers are in the fifth season of their own with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Lillard and McCollum look to build on one of their best scoring displays of the season Monday night when the Trail Blazers visit the Clippers.
Lillard is the league's eighth-leading scorer at 25.4 points per game, while McCollum is 20th with a 20.4-point average that's a major increase from his 6.8 last season.
The duo was instrumental to Saturday's 108-96 win over the Lakers as Portland (7-10) won for the third time in four tries following a seven-game slide. McCollum scored the first nine points before finishing with 28 and hitting 12 of 20 from the floor, while Lillard had 29 points with four of his seven assists coming on baskets by his fellow guard.
"I think we all understand that C.J. is a guy that can run off a bunch of points at a time," Lillard said. "At the start of the game, we saw him hit that first one and so I tried to just keep calling plays and in transition keep finding him."
Paul and Griffin have shared a similar relationship for four-plus seasons as the backbone of the Clippers (9-8). Griffin's 25.1 points per game put him just behind Lillard, while Paul's averages - 17.3 points and 8.4 assists - are down but still solid.
Like their Portland counterparts, Griffin and Paul were vital to their team's last performance, Sunday's 107-99 win over Minnesota. Griffin scored 26 points with eight rebounds and eight assists, while Paul had 20 points and nine assists with four going to Griffin.
Los Angeles has won three of four games after losing seven of its prior nine. The Clippers shot 52.0 percent against the Timberwolves, their best performance since making 52.5 in their season-opening win at Sacramento.
"It's not always going to be pretty, but we have to pile up wins - especially in this Western Conference," Paul said. "The team executed pretty well. First and foremost, we made shots."
The Clippers had trouble doing that from 3-point range at Portland on Nov. 20, making just 7 of 24 while falling 102-91. Paul shot 4 of 14 from the floor while finishing with 11 points and eight assists while Griffin had 21 and seven with seven boards.
Paul averaged 30.5 points and 12.5 assists while Los Angeles took three of four meetings with the Trail Blazers last season.
Lillard has scored 18.0 points per game over the past five meetings with the Clippers. However, he had 27 in the most recent, while McCollum and Mason Plumlee added 18 each.
Los Angeles' J.J. Redick struggled in that meeting, scoring seven points while missing 9 of 12 field-goal attempts in his return from a three-game absence due to back spasms.
The guard had totaled 51 points on 20 of 47 from the floor over the two previous meetings with the Blazers. He's scored 38 in the last two games - both wins.
|Thunder||vs.||Hawks||8:00 (EST) Preview|
By SCOTT GARBARINI - STATS Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 6:54 PM (EST)
If Kevin Durant's importance to the Oklahoma City Thunder wasn't evident last year, he's provided a few more reminders since returning from his latest injury.
As Durant and the Thunder look to extend an outstanding run, the Atlanta Hawks continue their search for consistency when the teams meet Monday night.
Somewhat overshadowed by the Golden State Warriors' remarkable start and Stephen Curry's scoring exploits, Durant has more quietly compiled numbers comparable or exceeding to those from his 2013-14 MVP campaign. The star forward is shooting a torrid 47.1 percent from 3-point range and 52.4 overall in averaging 28.4 points through 11 games.
Durant has been particularly hot since coming back from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for six games, averaging 30.3 points on 58.5 percent shooting in three Thunder wins. He totaled 34 along with a season-high 13 rebounds as Oklahoma City (11-6) recorded its fourth consecutive victory with Friday's 103-87 decision over Detroit.
"I was feeding off the energy of the crowd and the teammates," he said. "In single coverage I feel like I can score on anybody. I was aggressive."
After going 27-28 in games Durant missed in 2014-15, the Thunder are 8-3 with him in the lineup this season.
Durant's performance and the Thunder's dominance on the glass offset an off night from Russell Westbrook, held to a season-low 14 points while committing 11 turnovers. Oklahoma City, which leads the NBA in rebounding margin (plus-7.7), owned a 58-38 advantage on the glass and held league rebounding leader Andre Drummond to seven.
The Thunder's prowess in that area could present problems for the Hawks' relatively small lineup. Atlanta (11-8) ranks near the bottom of the league with a minus-3.7 rebounding margin and is 5-7 when finishing with an even or negative differential.
Atlanta was outrebounded 49-43 by San Antonio on Saturday, though its 108-88 defeat to the formidable Spurs was more a result of poor shooting. The Hawks were 6 of 26 on 3-pointers while matching their lowest scoring output of the season, which came one night after they went 14 of 39 from beyond the arc in a 116-101 win at Memphis.
''There is really not much positive from us,'' center Al Horford said of Saturday's outcome. ''For us as a team, the best thing is to put this behind us.''
The Hawks did force 16 Spurs turnovers and are averaging 20.9 points per game off opponent's miscues, second-best in the NBA. Oklahoma City's 17.1 giveaways per game is among the league's worst marks.
Paul Millsap ranks among the league leaders with 37 steals and is averaging 19.5 points and 10.3 rebounds over his last four, though the forward was limited to a season-low eight points by San Antonio.
Millsap had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 103-93 victory over the Thunder at Philips Arena on Jan. 23, Atlanta's lone win in the last five matchups. Westbrook amassed a 36-point, 14-assist, 10-rebound triple-double to lead Oklahoma City to a 123-115 home triumph on March 20.
The Thunder have won nine of 12 in Atlanta and haven't dropped consecutive road games to the Hawks since 1993-94 when the franchise was based in Seattle.
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
|National Basketball Assoc.|
Griffin helps Clippers beat Wolves for 13th straight time
By JOE RESNICK - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 7:44 PM (EST)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin and Chris Paul made big plays down the stretch to help the Los Angeles Clippers continue their domination of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final 6:32, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists on Sunday to lead the Clippers to a 107-99 victory that put them back over the .500 mark.
Los Angeles, coming off a 111-90 home victory over New Orleans on Friday, has won consecutive games for the first time since its four-game winning streak to open the season.
''It's not always going to be pretty, but we have to pile up wins - especially in this Western Conference,'' said Paul, who had 20 points and nine assists. ''The team executed pretty well. First and foremost, we made shots.''
The Clippers shot 52 percent and have won 49 consecutive games in which they finished at least 50 percent from the field.
Kevin Garnett, back with the Wolves for a final curtain call with the team he began his stellar career with in 1995-96, played 15 scoreless minutes after getting into early foul trouble and was 0 for 5 from the field.
''That didn't disrupt anything,'' interim coach Sam Mitchell said. ''For what we need K.G. to do, and the minutes that he's going to play, it didn't hurt us at all.''
Garnett went to the bench with 5:37 left in the first quarter after picking up his third foul. The Timberwolves led 15-9 at that point, and were trailing 36-30 when the 15-time All-Star reported back in with 4:06 left in the first half.
''Kevin's not trying to do what he used to do,'' said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who won an NBA championship with Garnett in Boston in 2008. ''He doesn't shoot much now. He's really become a role player that's just trying to help the young guys, so it was nothing more than that.''
J.J. Redick scored 18 points as the Clippers beat Minnesota for the 13th consecutive time and seventh straight at Staples Center. The Timberwolves' last victory over the Clippers was on March 5, 2012, when Kevin Love had 39 points and 17 rebounds in a 95-94 win at Target Center.
The Clippers tied their longest winning streak against any opponent in franchise history. They had a 13-game streak against Utah that ended on Wednesday with a 102-91 loss.
''That's a very good basketball team over there, and they're going to be in the playoffs,'' Mitchell said. ''They've got two All-Stars in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and they made shots at the end.''
Former Timberwolves small forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who signed with the Clippers in September as a free agent, made his first start of the season and had seven points in 24 minutes after playing 14 games as a reserve. The eight-year veteran from UCLA started 61 games last season with Philadelphia.
Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points for the Wolves, who had won their previous three games. Karl-Anthony Towns, the first overall pick in the draft, had 17 points and eight rebounds.
HOLDING THE FORT
Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio sat out his second straight game because of soreness in his left ankle. Former UCLA product Zach LaVine started in his place, missing his first six shots and finishing 6 for 15 with 18 points and seven assists.
''Any time a starter is out, it's difficult to win. That's just the NBA,'' Mitchell said. ''But I think Zach is growing up before our eyes at that position. Today he missed some shots, and that's going to happen.''
TOUGH TO WATCH
An ugly first half at both ends of the court ended with Los Angeles leading 48-37 and the teams even in turnovers with nine apiece. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan shot two airballs from the free throw line 20.2 seconds before intermission. He finished with nine points and nine rebounds, after averaging 13.5 points and 18.0 boards over the previous four meetings between the teams.
Timberwolves: Garnett still needs nine points to reach the 26,000 mark. His former Celtics and Nets teammate, Clippers F Paul Pierce, is 23 away from joining him on that list. ... Towns is the only player to start all 17 games for the Wolves. He entered Sunday averaging 14.2 points, second among rookies behind Jahlil Okafor's 18.0 per game with Philadelphia. . Minnesota forward Nemanja Bjelica had 10 points in 22 minutes after missing four games because of a bruised left knee.
Clippers: Mbah a Moute was the fourth player this season to start at the 3 spot for Rivers, who has used eight different starting lineups. The others were Pierce, Lance Stephenson and Wesley Johnson. ... Jamal Crawford played 15 scoreless minutes, missing all four shots.
Timberwolves: Host Orlando on Tuesday night.
Clippers: Host Portland on Monday night.
Walker scores 22, Hornets hold off Bucks
By BILL KISER - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 5:41 PM (EST)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets are finding ways to win games this season, even without big man Al Jefferson.
Kemba Walker scored 22 points, and the Hornets overcame the early loss of Jefferson against the Milwaukee Bucks to hold on for an 87-82 victory Sunday.
Nicolas Batum added 15 points, Jeremy Lamb 14 and Marvin Williams 12 for the Hornets, who have won five of six, all at home, and 10 of 15 during the month of November.
''That's pretty good. It's been a great month for us,'' Walker said. ''But we've got great depth now. Guys are always willing to step up and make plays.''
Charlotte relied on its depth against the Bucks, especially after Jefferson went out of the game with a left calf strain with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter, and did not return.
Jefferson left Time Warner Cable Arena wearing a protective boot on his left foot, and will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to Hornets coach Steve Clifford.
With Jefferson out, Charlotte's bench went on to outscore Milwaukee's reserves 34-15 and outrebound them 27-16.
''We had a lot of guys step up,'' Clifford said. ''We have a lot of guys who can individually play better as they learn how to help each other play better.
''Obviously, from a team standpoint, there are a lot of things that we need to do better. We have a good team, but we have a team that can keep getting better.''
Still, the Bucks had their chance late in the fourth quarter, rallying from an 11-point deficit early in the second half to tie it at 80 on Greg Monroe's layup with 1:05 remaining.
But Batum put the Hornets back on top with a 3-pointer 19 seconds later and Walker followed with a short jumper and two free throws to extend Charlotte's lead.
''Big-time shot by a big-time player,'' Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said of Batum's 3-pointer. ''We switched, and I kind of think we relaxed. Batum just pulled up and shot the 3.''
Khris Middleton had 19 points for the Bucks, who have lost three straight. Monroe added 17 points and 10 rebounds, O.J. Mayo 12, Jerryd Bayless 11 and Jabari Parker 10.
Bucks: Kidd was back on the bench after serving a one-game suspension for swiping the ball away from a referee during the team's 129-118 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. . Without Jefferson on the court, the Bucks went on to outscore Charlotte 44-18 in the paint.
Hornets: The Hornets shot just 38.6 percent from the field (27 of 70) and turned the ball over 14 times, but were 15 of 31 on 3-pointers (tying a franchise record) and 18 of 22 on free throws.
The Bucks, who had lost five of six, shuffled their starting lineup Sunday, going with Mayo and Bayless at guards instead of Parker and Michael Carter-Williams. The change appeared to help Milwaukee, which led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter. ''I thought the lineup switch got us off to a really good start,'' Kidd said. ''Defensively, guys were into it. We got a lot of deflections. We had multiple shooters on the floor.''
That came in the second quarter, when Charlotte opened the period by scoring 14 unanswered points, turning a six-point Milwaukee lead into a 36-28 Hornets lead. Charlotte would go on to outscore the Bucks 23-9 in the period. ''When you win three out of four quarters, you tend to win NBA games,'' Kidd said. ''Unfortunately, that second quarter we scored nine points, so we have to look at that.''
Bucks: Visit Denver on Monday night.
Hornets: Host Golden State on Wednesday night.
This story has been corrected to show that Middleton had 19 points.
76ers tie NBA worst with 0-18 start after loss to Grizzlies
By CLAY BAILEY - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 11:01 PM (EST)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers were again poised to end their losing streak. And, as has happened lately, they were unable to close the deal.
The Memphis Grizzlies used a late fourth-quarter rally to erase a Sixers lead and capture a 92-84 victory on Sunday, sending Philadelphia to its NBA-record 18th straight loss to start the season.
The loss matched the 0-18 opening by the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets, and marked the 28th consecutive defeat for the Sixers - the longest such streak ever in the four major United State sports.
''We did not want to be that team to (lose to the Sixers) because we'll be in the history books for that reason,'' said Memphis guard Mike Conley, who led the Grizzlies with 20 points. ''The games are tough. You can only do wrong. They can do anything they want. They're just trying to do whatever they can to win.''
Zach Randolph had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, while Matt Barnes and Jeff Green finished with 13 points apiece as Memphis won for the seventh time in the last nine.
Isaiah Canaan led the Sixers with 16 points, while Robert Covington and Hollis Thompson scored 12 points each. Jerami Grant finished with 11 points.
Neither team took care of the basketball, with Memphis committing a season-high 26 turnovers and Philadelphia having 27.
''We turned it over a few times. Missed some shots,'' said Philadelphia center Jahlil Okafor, who had nine points and 13 rebounds. ''They hit some big 3s down the stretch. ...That was the end of the game.''
The Sixers led 76-71 with 7:38 remaining and Memphis fans were booing their team. But the Grizzlies went on a 15-1 run to retake control of the game, with Randolph scoring eight points in the rally.
The Sixers, as they've done in recent games, were competitive, especially because Memphis was struggling. Thompson's 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the third - the Sixers were 7 of 11 in the period - gave Philadelphia a 67-64 lead entering the fourth.
''We knew if you were going to play halfcourt and get into a fistfight with these men - and they're playoff-experienced men - that doesn't favor us,'' Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. ''If you can play with pace and play with space and avoid the fistfight, you knew you had the best chance of being in the game and stealing a win.''
That appeared as a possibility with the Sixers holding a five-point lead, Memphis coach Dave Joerger calling timeout and the boos increasing. About that time, Memphis came out of its haze.
''I thought our concentration was something we really struggled with,'' Joerger said, ''and getting the shots we were looking for and having the urgency defensively to get back.''
76ers: F/C Nerlens Noel missed his second straight game with right knee soreness. ... The Sixers' 31 first-half points were the lowest by a Memphis opponent since Indiana scored 30 on March 22, 2014. ... The Sixers' last win was 99-85 over the Denver Nuggets on March 25.
Grizzlies: Randolph returned after missing five games with right knee soreness. ... Green made his 37th consecutive free throw in the first half, breaking Marc Gasol's record of 36 set six days ago. Prior to Gasol, the mark was held by Anthony Peeler with 35, set 18 years and eight months earlier.
END OF THE ROAD
Philadelphia closed out a six-game road trip from Charlotte to Miami, up to Minnesota, across to Boston, down to Houston and finally in Memphis. ''We have made progress,'' Brown said. ''It's not going to display itself on the win side of things, but the people that follow us will know that.''
Despite setting the record for most consecutive losses to open a season, the Sixers have been close in recent games. The loss at Memphis marked the fifth straight time Philadelphia has lost by single digits. The last double-digit loss was 113-88 at Charlotte on Nov. 20, the opening night of the road trip.
Sixers: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday
Grizzlies: Travel to New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday
Oladipo scores 19 to lift Magic over Celtics 110-91
By BILL FAY - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 10:30 PM (EST)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Victor Oladipo's pride makes it difficult for him to come off the bench. If he keeps playing like this, though, he might have to get used to the role.
Oladipo scored 19 points and had eight rebounds and six assists in his third game as a reserve to help the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics 110-91 on Sunday night.
Oladipo was the second pick in the 2013 draft and a starter for most of his three years in Orlando, but is averaging 20 points, six rebounds and 5.7 assists coming off the Magic bench. Orlando has won all three games, by an average of 17.3 points.
''I didn't know what to expect and honestly, I didn't care,'' Oladipo said. ''I had to be more aggressive. That's when I'm at my best so this is something to build on.''
Tobias Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. Andrew Nicholson added 14 points and eight rebounds and Aaron Gordon had 12 points.
''We're playing with a lot more energy, focusing on a lot of the little details, especially defensively,'' Harris said. ''We're just letting our defense dictate our offense. I think that's been the biggest difference.''
Boston coach Brad Stevens was impressed. His team shot 40.9 percent from the field, but only 18.5 percent on 3-pointers. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 20 points and seven assists. Avery Bradley had 17 points and Jae Crowder had 12.
''They were as impressive in person as I thought they were on film,'' Stevens said. ''They challenged everything and knocked us off our cuts. When you play defense that way, shots are harder to make.''
The Celtics were outrebounded 54-34, and the Magic used 17 offensive rebounds to get 26 second-chance points to just 11 for Boston.
''When we rebound, we've been pretty good, but tonight we made it hard on ourselves,'' Stevens said. ''Probably more apt, they made it hard on us. We gave up too many plays at the rim. These guys (Magic) are just good.''
The Magic reserves took control in the second and third quarters, helping Orlando outscore Boston 63-47 during that time to take an 84-67 lead into the fourth. Oladipo and Nicholson combined for 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists during that run.
The Celtics got within 12 points twice in the last 5 minutes behind seven straight points from Thomas but never got closer.
Boston played the first of a five-game road trip and was lethargic in getting to Magic shooters and even slower going after misses.
''They came and hit us in the mouth first,'' Crowder said. ''They got into us at the defensive end, turned us over and we didn't respond.''
Both teams stumbled out of the gate, combining for 14 turnovers and 0-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Orlando righted the ship faster in the second quarter, shooting 58.3 percent (14 of 24) and hitting four 3-pointers to take a 53-45 halftime advantage. Nicholson had a pair of 3s and 10 points at halftime.
Celtics: Boston leads the NBA in opponent turnovers, forcing 19.5 per game. ... Boston is 0-7 when opponents score 100 or more points. ... PG Marcus Smart missed his fifth straight game with a calf injury.
Magic: The Magic are 9-6 in November, the first winning month for the team since March of 2012. ... The bench combined to hit 21 of 36 shots (58.3 percent). ... Orlando has not won four in a row this season. ... Magic PG Elfrid Payton is shooting 74.4 percent (29 for 39) from the free-throw line this season after shooting 55.1 percent last season (118 for 214).
HIGH ON FRYE
Magic PF Channing Frye has scored in double figures only twice this season, but his 45.4 percent shooting from 3-point territory (20 of 44) catches the eye of NBA coaches. ''Channing is a little bit like Kyle Korver,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ''You fear them like they average 30 a game because of the way they can change a game, making shots and go on 9-0 runs by themselves.'' Frye was 2 of 4 from 3-point territory against the Celtics, both coming during a third-quarter surge when Orlando took control. ''Channing's presence on the floor causes teams to stay attached to him, which gives us a lot of opportunities,'' Skiles said.
Boston players noticed their huge deficiency in rebounds and second-chance points. ''It's not just one guy, all five guys on the court were lacking,'' Crowder said. ''They came up with every loose ball and every offensive rebound they got, they scored on or so it seemed. We have to get better on that.''
Up Next: Boston is at Miami on Monday night. The Magic begin a 10-day trip in Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Young helps Nets beat Pistons 87-83
By MICHAEL SCOTTO - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 10:02 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) On a night his shot wasn't falling, Brook Lopez did all the little things the Brooklyn Nets needed to win.
Lopez made the tiebreaking free throw with 29 seconds after grabbing an offensive rebound, and the Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 87-83 on Sunday night.
Lopez scored 15 points but shot just 6 of 18 from the field. He added a season-high six blocked shots and five assists, and tied a career high with four steals.
''We definitely had to grind it out,'' Lopez said. ''We stuck with it, though, and our bench definitely gave us good minutes. Our guys stuck it out, we kept fighting and things weren't going our way the majority of the game, but we kept with it.''
Thaddeus Young led the Nets with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Wayne Ellington had a season-high 12 points for Brooklyn, which improved to 4-13.
''It's really interesting how the league is,'' Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. ''Last night (at Cleveland) we played great and we lost. Tonight we were very inconsistent and we had maybe an eight- or nine-minute stretch of playing well, and we come away with a win.''
Andre Drummond recorded his league-leading 15th double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds, but Detroit fell to 8-9. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 21 points and seven rebounds.
Detroit shot just 34 percent from the field.
''I think what it really came down to is we were mentally very weak tonight,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''We got very frustrated, you know, missing shots, thinking we're getting fouled. It affected our defense. I thought we took several bad shots in the fourth quarter just trying to draw fouls instead of trying to get good shots. I just didn't think we played very smart, poised basketball and that was disappointing.''
The Nets scored the final six points after trailing by two with 1:21 left. After Lopez's free throw made it 84-83, Jarrett Jack added two free throws for a three-point lead. Reggie Jackson missed a 3-pointer and Young closed it out with one more free throw.
The teams shot a combined 35 percent for the first half before the action picked up in the fourth quarter.
Pistons: After 1 1/2 years on the job, Van Gundy believes he has the core in place to turn around the culture in Detroit. ''I like the guys we have. I like the character of our team. I like the fit of our team. We've just got to keep working to improve on both ends and gain experience, both together and individually.'' . This was the first game Detroit had after an off day with an opponent coming off back-to-back games. ... Brandon Jennings and Jodie Meeks were inactive.
Nets: Hollins, on the progression he's seen from rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. ''Enough progress to put him in the starting lineup. He's very active with his hands, gets his hands on a lot of balls and he comes back and rebounds. You love to have a 2 or 3 that rebounds the way he does. He's had double-figure rebounds in three or four games this year. He's working on his jump shot to the point where he's making the mid-range wide-open jumper. I told him from the beginning that's a start; everything else builds out of that.''. Andrea Bargnani left the game in the first quarter with a tight left hamstring. . Joe Johnson has now made a field goal in 901 consecutive games, extending the longest active streak in the NBA. ... Chris McCullough and Willie Reed were inactive.
Pistons: Host Houston on Monday.
Nets: Host Phoenix on Tuesday.
Eric Bledsoe powers Suns past Raptors, 107-102
By PAUL ATTFIELD - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 10:34 PM (EST)
TORONTO (AP) Eric Bledsoe wasted little time atoning for a missed free throw with just 12.3 seconds to go.
After sinking his second shot to push the Suns' lead to three, he hustled to block Luis Scola's 3-point attempt that would have tied the game, and grabbed the resulting rebound.
Bledsoe then coolly sank the free throws after being fouled by Kyle Lowry to ice away a 107-102 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night to snap Phoenix's four-game losing streak.
''I definitely wanted to get the ball back, not just because I missed the free throw but I also didn't want to gamble,'' Bledsoe said. ''I just wanted to stay solid and when the play came our way, I made it.''
Bledsoe finished with 20 points and 11 assists for his third double-double, but it was the Suns' improved defense and timely offensive support off the bench that pleased coach Jeff Hornacek the most - particularly the Suns gave up season highs in points, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage in a 135-111 loss Friday to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
''The last four games we've been giving up a lot of points,'' he said. ''. I thought our defensive effort was a lot better tonight. We didn't turn the ball over and when you're on the road you can't turn the ball over.''
The depth off the bench also allowed the Suns to kick their season-high, six-game road trip off on a winning note. The Phoenix reserves combined for 51 points while shooting 56 percent from the field, highlighted by T.J. Warren's first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, the fourth straight game in which Warren has registered double digits in points.
''I was just trying to find my spots like I normally do, trying to get into open spots, get myself into a little rhythm and let it carry on throughout the game,'' he said.
Mirza Teletovic was 6 of 7 from beyond the arc for 20 points and Jon Leuer added 16.
Toronto's four-game winning streak was snapped, a night after a buzzer-beating victory in Washington. The Raptors surrendered 46 points in the paint after allowing just 74 their previous three games combined.
''We have to stop putting ourselves in a tough predicament by having to fight our way out, when we don't have much time to,'' said DeMar DeRozan. ''We find ourselves in that position a little too much. Once we clean up the little things at both ends, it will be easier for us to close out games.''
DeRozan tied a Raptors season high with 29 points, the fourth straight game he has scored at least 20.
With a third-quarter steal off Bledsoe, Lowry has registered at least one steal in every game this season. Lowry entered the game ranked first in the NBA in steals per game (2.71).
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello showed his arm is in midseason form as a guest at Sunday's game. Colabello autographed mini basketballs during a break in play and launched them into the crowd, even landing one in the luxury boxes at the back of the lower bowl.
Having played 12 road games so far this season, tied with Detroit for tops in the NBA, Toronto will now play six of its next seven at the Air Canada Centre, where it has a 4-2 record.
Suns: Phoenix opened a six-game trip in which it will cover 5,770 miles before returning home to face the Orlando Magic on Dec. 9. ... Bledsoe and Knight are averaging at least 20 points and five assists this season, the only teammates in the league currently to do so. Only four duos in NBA history have kept that up for an entire season, including Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1991-92, and most recently LeBron James and Kyrie Irving last season. ... Center Tyson Chandler (hamstring) missed his second game of the season.
Raptors: Raptors forward Patterson and Suns guard Bledsoe were two of five players from Kentucky chosen in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, the first time one school had had five players picked in the draft's opening round.
Suns: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
Raptors: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday.
Kobe scores 13 after announcement, but Pacers beat Lakers
By GREG BEACHAM - AP Sports Writer
Monday, November 30 at 2:01 AM (EST)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant drained a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in a one-point game, and the Lakers' crowd roared with a mix of excitement and nostalgia for the transcendent moments of its beloved star's now-finite career.
Bryant then shot an airball on a potential tying 3-pointer with 6 seconds to play, and everybody was reminded why Kobe is ready to walk away from basketball in the spring.
Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting after declaring he will retire at the end of the season, and the Indiana Pacers hung on to send Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive defeat, 107-103 Sunday night.
Bryant overcame another poor shooting night with two big late jumpers that reflected his vintage offensive skills. He still couldn't overcome Paul George, who scored the Pacers' final 11 points in the last 1:27 to finish with 39.
Bryant's quick-release 3-pointer from straightaway trimmed the lead to 104-103 for the Pacers, who had been up 22 in the second half. Lakers fans dared to dream of a storybook finish to a night that began with each fan receiving a letter from Bryant, thanking them for 20 years of support.
But after the Lakers got the ball back with a three-point deficit, Bryant's airball only underlined the worst shooting season of his career - and a reason he won't look back when he's done.
''I've known for a while,'' Bryant said. ''A decision like this, you can't make that decision based on outside circumstances. It has to be an internal decision, and finally I've decided to accept that I can't actually do this anymore, and I'm OK with that. It takes a weight off my shoulders and everybody else's.''
George carried the Pacers with nine free throws in the last 1:07 as Indiana opened a four-game West Coast road trip with its fifth straight victory despite blowing nearly all of that huge lead.
''He's still Kobe Bryant, regardless of how he shot the ball tonight,'' said George, a California native. ''We still had to look at him as the young Kobe when it came to crunch time. It was just a great moment being out there with him. Kobe was my Jordan (growing up), watching him win championships.''
Jordan Clarkson had 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Nick Young hit six 3-pointers while scoring 22 points.
The rebuilding Lakers are off to a 2-14 start despite the relative health of Bryant, the team's career scoring leader and a five-time NBA champion. Bryant intends to play out the season, but the third-leading scorer in league history missed his first six shots and went 2 for 15 in the first half. He said the finality of the long-expected decision didn't affect his play.
''It's my first time playing back-to-back (games this season), so I felt drained for other reasons,'' he said.
Bryant and the Lakers responded to the retirement announcement with one of their worst halves in a season full of ineptitude for both the superstar and his teammates. Los Angeles made just 11 of its 49 shots in the first half.
Lakers center Roy Hibbert had eight points and nine rebounds in his first meeting with his former teammates. The 7-footer spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Pacers, making two All-Star teams before leaving town last summer.
Indiana big man Jordan Hill had six points and 10 rebounds in his first game back to face the Lakers. He spent 178 games with Los Angeles over the last four seasons before leaving as a free agent. He appeared in 12 playoff games in 2012.
Pacers: Indiana wore its Hickory High alternate uniforms made famous in ''Hoosiers'' for the Hollywood road game. ... The Pacers went 11-2 in November.
Lakers: Bryant's wife, Vanessa, and daughters Natalia and Gianna watched from courtside seats. ... Bryant is 18 for 76 in his last four games.
Pacers: At Clippers on Wednesday.
Lakers: At Philadelphia on Tuesday. L.A. begins an eight-game road trip in Bryant's former hometown.
Rockets rally in fourth, beat Knicks 116-111 in overtime
By JEFFREY BERNSTEIN - Associated Press
Monday, November 30 at 12:01 AM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) It took almost the whole game, but the Rockets finally took a lead and held it.
Trevor Ariza's tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:14 left in overtime and Marcus Thornton's two free throws with less than a second left lifted Houston to a 116-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday night.
James Harden led Houston with 26 points. Thornton and Clint Capela each had 18 and Ariza finished with 16.
Arron Afflalo had 31 points for the Knicks, who played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony because of an illness. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points and 13 rebounds.
The Rockets, after scoring the first four points of the game, didn't lead again until overtime.
''It was a lesson in perseverance,'' said interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. ''We got down, but we didn't give in. It is a credit to our guys' mental toughness and fortitude.''
Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon each missed potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final minute of overtime.
''I think the shots we got at the end were good shots,'' Galloway said. ''I thought I had a good look, but it was just a little short.''
The Rockets erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and tied the game on Thornton's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left.
Lance Thomas missed a long jumper for the Knicks and Harden did the same for the Rockets and the game remained tied at 101 after regulation.
''We fought. It wasn't an easy game,'' Harden said. ''Guys had confidence in their shots and knocked them down. ''
Houston went ahead 108-103 in the extra session, with Dwight Howard slamming down a lob pass over Porzingis, but the Knicks tied it at 111 on Galloway's short jumper with 1:31 left before Ariza hit from behind the arc.
The Knicks led by 15 late in the first half and were still ahead 91-77 on Derrick Williams' 3-pointer with 8:04 left in the fourth quarter.
''The momentum of the game changed,'' Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. ''NBA games are long and we had some untimely turnovers. They really started to attack us in transition and we couldn't stop that in the fourth quarter.''
The Knicks committed 21 turnovers in the game, eight in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Howard added 14 points and Capela had 11 rebounds for the Rockets.
Thomas finished with 15 points, Kevin Seraphin had 14 and Williams added 12 for the Knicks.
Capela recorded his third double-double in the last four games, including a career-high 18 points.
HARD ON HARDEN
The Knicks held Harden to 10-for-28 shooting from the field. He had averaged 36.2 points in his previous five games.
Porzingis has recorded eight double-doubles in the first 18 games of his rookie season.
Rockets: The Rockets have seven wins this season, none by more than six points. They've scored at least 108 points in each win, with three coming in overtime. .. The Rockets, who have won six straight games at Madison Square Garden, are now 3-3 under Bickerstaff, who took over prior to Houston's game with Portland on November 18.
Knicks: The Knicks' four-game losing streak is their longest this season. It's the most they've lost consecutively since dropping nine straight from March 19-April 3 last season. ... The Knicks have lost 12 of their last 13 to the Rockets.
Rockets: Visit Detroit on Monday.
Knicks: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday.
|Monday, November 30, 2015|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Fresno State||vs.||Oregon||5:00 (EST) Preview|
Fresno St.-Oregon Preview
By JEFF BARTL - STATS Senior Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 9:05 PM (EST)
Coach Dana Altman mainly relies on a six-man rotation to carry Oregon, with each player knowing their role in the offense could change from game to game.
The 21st-ranked Ducks don't seem to mind.
Oregon looks to move to 6-0 on Monday night when it hosts a Fresno State team off to its best start in nine years.
Five players are averaging at least 12 points, and starting guard Casey Benson chips in 5.8 per game while acting as a floor general for a Ducks offense scoring 79.0 points per contest.
Freshman Tyler Dorsey's 15.2 average leads the squad, but he's yet to attempt more than nine shots in a game. It was Dwayne Benjamin's turn to step up Wednesday, coming off the bench to match a career high with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting in a 91-68 victory over Arkansas State.
Chris Boucher had 17 points, nine rebounds and a school-record nine blocks, while Dorsey added 15 points and Elgin Cook finished with 13. Dillon Brooks scored 26 points in a win over Valparaiso in Oregon's previous contest but finished with four Wednesday.
"We all know any given day it might not be your scoring day," said Benjamin, who went scoreless in 19 minutes against Valpo. "With our versatility, we can do a lot of things. If we're not scoring, do other things. We don't really worry about who's scoring. We worry about making plays for the team. I think that's the best thing about this group."
Altman especially was impressed with the effort from Boucher, a 6-foot-10 junior college transfer who is still adjusting to the more physical nature of Division I. He's shooting 57.9 percent and ranks among the nation's leaders with 21 blocks.
''He is fearless,'' Altman said. ''His length is unique. He can get shots from a long way away and he's not afraid to go after them.''
Fresno State has blocked only 23 shots as a team while going 5-0, its best start since winning its first seven of 2006-07.
Cezar Guerrero scored 20 points and Marvelle Harris added 17 in Friday's 80-59 rout of Delaware State. Guerrero hit 5 of 9 from the field and has made 13 of 21 from 3-point range over his last three.
"He's been in the gym and put time in," coach Rodney Terry said of Guerrero, who is shooting 52.5 percent from the floor after not hitting better than 43.5 percent over his first three seasons. "I said to the guys, 'You're going to get what you invest in this game. If you invest in the game and you work then you'll see positive results.' Cezar has seen that the last couple of games, the ball going through the net because he's put the time in."
Fresno State has scored at least 78 points in each of its last four, but it could face a tougher test against a Ducks team allowing 62.6 per game while holding opponents to 38.0 percent from the field.
"They're obviously a high level opponent for us and we know we have our work cut out for us," Terry said. "Like I tell these guys right now, we have faceless opponents. So much about this time of the year is us getting better, on both ends of the floor."
Oregon has won all four meetings since Fresno State's last victory in the series in 1995.
|Norfolk State||vs.||Northern Arizona||6:30 (EST)|
|Alcorn State||vs.||Indiana||7:00 (EST) Preview|
Alcorn St.-Indiana Preview
By MATT BECKER - STATS Editor
Sunday, November 29 at 7:00 PM (EST)
Indiana ran into problems in its first test against tougher competition away from home.
Although an even greater challenge looms, it has a chance to regroup against an inferior opponent in its return home.
Two days before facing the defending national champion, the 13th-ranked Hoosiers look to drop Alcorn State to 0-6 on Monday night.
Indiana (4-2) arrived in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational having averaged 92.0 points and 56.0 percent shooting in three blowout wins, but had a hard time duplicating that efficiency against better talent. The Hoosiers shot 57.7 percent in an 83-73 win over St. John's, but averaged 73.5 points and 44.6 percent shooting in losses to Wake Forest and UNLV.
Tom Crean's team had 21 turnovers in Wednesday's 72-69 loss to the Runnin' Rebels and finished the tournament in sixth place. Leading scorer Yogi Ferrell had a season-low nine points and highly touted freshman Thomas Bryant scored a season-worst seven while committing four fouls.
''We're a growing team right now in a lot of ways,'' Crean said. ''The most important thing that we could grow into is understanding where our responsibilities lie as individuals and improvement, and as a team for how we can be collectively better.
''This is a great tournament to learn about that in. A great tournament. No question disappointed with a loss, but we've got to turn this into some positives.''
One positive for the Hoosiers, who visit No. 6 Duke on Wednesday, is that they've remained proficient from 3-point range despite the recent shooting struggles. They made 11 of 20 from beyond the arc against UNLV and are among the nation's leaders in 3-point shooting (42.7 percent) and 3s made (64).
James Blackmon Jr., second on the team with 14.3 points per game, is 17 of 38 from beyond the arc while reserve guard Nick Zeisloft has made 17 of 28 3s.
The perimeter game creates all sorts of problems for Alcorn State, which is allowing opponents to shoot 43.9 percent from 3-point range for one of the nation's worst marks. The Braves are one of the worst defensive teams overall, allowing 84.2 points and 51.0 percent shooting per game.
History is also not on Alcorn State's side, as it's been outscored by an average of 40.6 points in losing all 11 games against Top 25 teams since 2002-03. It has also lost 99 consecutive nonconference road contests.
The Hoosiers have had little trouble defending their home court, winning 51 of 52 there against nonconference opponents.
Alcorn State is coming off Saturday's 73-71 loss to Florida A&M in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, with the Rattlers' Malcolm Bernard scoring the winning basket just before the final buzzer. The Braves had been outscored by an average of 30.0 points in their first four games with the closest margin being 22.
Devonte Hampton, DeAndre Davis and Reginald Johnson each scored 14 for Alcorn State, which was again hurt by an inability to convert from deep, going 3 of 19 on 3-pointers.
The Braves are one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the nation at 26.0 percent.
In the only meeting between these programs, Indiana won 73-69 in the quarterfinals of the 1979 NIT.
|Bob Jones University||vs.||Georgia Southern||7:00 (EST)|
|Bryant||vs.||New Hampshire||7:00 (EST)|
|Selma||vs.||Grambling State||7:00 (EST)|
|Western Carolina||vs.||South Carolina||7:00 (EST)|
|McNeese State||vs.||Central Michigan||7:00 (EST)|
|Wake Forest||vs.||Rutgers||7:00 (EST)|
|James Madison||vs.||Radford||7:00 (EST)|
|Toccoa Falls||vs.||USC Upstate||7:00 (EST)|
|Trinity Baptist||vs.||North Florida||7:00 (EST)|
|Holy Names||vs.||Nevada||7:00 (EST)|
|Fairleigh Dickinson||vs.||Princeton||7:00 (EST)|
|Central Pennsylvania College||vs.||Howard||7:00 (EST)|
|North Texas||vs.||UNI||7:00 (EST)|
|Northern Kentucky||vs.||North Carolina A&T||7:00 (EST)|
|Kennesaw State||vs.||Elon||7:00 (EST)|
|Green Bay||vs.||SIUE||7:00 (EST)|
|Hampton||vs.||Grand Canyon||7:00 (EST)|
|Illinois State||vs.||Kentucky||7:00 (EST) Preview|
Illinois St.-Kentucky Preview
By SCOTT GARBARINI - STATS Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 4:39 PM (EST)
Kentucky's latest group of freshmen phenoms has answered every challenge it's faced thus far. A new one may be in store for the next game.
The top-ranked Wildcats return home Monday night to face Illinois State with the possibility of Tyler Ulis sitting out after hyperextending his right elbow in the last contest.
Ulis missed the second half of Friday's 84-63 victory over South Florida in the HoopHall Miami Invitational. The sophomore point guard, averaging 13.2 points, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals, will be a game-time decision.
"If we have to (sit him) we will," coach John Calipari said. "You're concerned about his health. Right now, it's just early. We haven't practiced. He won't practice (Sunday) just for the fact that I don't want to have him banged up in a practice."
Ulis was removed shortly after his 3-pointer ignited a 15-0 run that staked Kentucky (6-0) to a 42-21 halftime lead. The Wildcats and Bulls played to a 42-all tie following the intermission.
"They couldn't sustain it, and that's what Tyler does," Calipari said. "Tyler just keeps coming and he does not stop and he's not gonna make mistakes to let another team get back in the game. That's the difference and that's the experience."
Calipari said junior defensive specialist Dominique Hawkins would slot into the starting lineup should Ulis be held out. The coach also expressed concern over facing Illinois State (3-4), which led No. 2 Maryland by two with under six minutes left Tuesday before the Terrapins closed the game on a 21-8 spurt to win 77-66.
"We're playing a good team. Illinois State. I watched their Maryland game. They had Maryland beat. They've got a quick guard, (Paris) Lee. I'm not sure what we'll be able to do with him. They've got a kid, (DeVaughn Akoon-) Purcell, that's scoring 16, 17 a game.
"Will be a tough matchup for us depending on how we play. They've got some veteran guys."
Illinois State followed up the loss to the Terps by falling 71-60 to TCU on Wednesday in its finale of the Cancun Challenge, then defeated Division II Quincy 73-63 on Friday.
Akoon-Purcell, a preseason all-MVC selection, had 18 points and five assists and leads the Redbirds at 15.9 points per game.
Kentucky overcame Ulis' absence behind strong efforts from three of its heralded freshmen. Jamal Murray scored a season-high 21 points, Skal Labissiere had 17 and Charles Matthews took advantage of an expanded role by contributing 11 points in 24 minutes for the Wildcats, winners of 37 straight in the regular season.
Kentucky puts a 24-game winning streak at Rupp Arena on the line in its first meeting with Illinois State, 8-1 all-time against current Southeastern Conference members. The Redbirds, though, have lost eight of nine against ranked opponents.
Illinois State has faced a No. 1 team once previously, losing 97-81 at DePaul on March 1, 1980.
|LSU||vs.||Charleston||7:00 (EST) Preview|
LSU-Coll. of Charleston Preview
By JORDAN GARRETSON - STATS Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 3:48 PM (EST)
LSU's success - and failures - have been closely tied to Ben Simmons' shooting.
The freshman sensation will look to help the 22nd-ranked Tigers avoid a third straight loss Monday night when they visit the College of Charleston.
LSU (3-2) seems likely to fall out of the rankings after back-to-back losses against tougher competition, though both defeats at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn came in close fashion. The team lost 81-80 against Marquette last Monday and 83-72 in overtime against North Carolina State the next day.
"We are hopeful that we can make sure we can clean up as a basketball team as we move forward prior to conference play," coach Johnny Jones said. "I thought those two games we played were against similar conference-type competition, and it's really good for our young basketball team to get that valuable experience early on."
Simmons had scored 66 points over a three-game stretch before being held to four on 1-for-6 shooting against the Wolfpack, though he still had 14 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and no turnovers. He also fouled out in the first minute of overtime after having 21 points and 20 rebounds against Marquette.
"I think that's what probably people have to learn to appreciate being that he has the ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways," Jones said. "Every night he's not going to come out and score, a lot of people are going to devise maybe to try and take him away. When you look at 10 assists, it could have been more."
Simmons is 7 for 20 in LSU's two losses compared to 24 for 38 in the three wins. He's averaging 16.2 points, 14.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists.
"You want him to continue to stay aggressive in his nature and take shots," Jones said. "He's spent countless hours in the gym working on his shot - be it perimeter, inside, various moves. He just needs to feel comfortable being able to apply that in the game as well."
The Cougars (3-2) have had their last three games decided by eight points, and are coming off Friday's 57-56 home win against Western Carolina. Freshman Jarrell Brantley scored a season-high 17 and blocked a 3-point attempt with five seconds left.
This marks the first time they've hosted a ranked team since an 80-38 loss to then-fifth ranked Louisville on Dec. 4, 2012. They knocked off No. 9 North Carolina 82-79 in overtime at home on Jan. 4, 2010.
LSU won last year's meeting 71-47 at home on Dec. 22, holding Charleston to a 28.1 field-goal percentage and 15 first-half points. None of the Tigers' three double-digit scorers in that game are still with the team, however.
LSU, which also visits Houston on Dec. 13, won both its nonconference road games last season.
|Paul Quinn||vs.||Southern University||7:00 (EST)|
|Texas-Rio Grande Valley||vs.||Houston||7:00 (EST)|
|Spring Hill||vs.||South Alabama||7:05 (EST)|
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Wichita State||61||vs.||84||Iowa||Final Recap|
Uthoff leads Iowa past No. 20 Wichita State
By MARK DIDTLER - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 10:28 PM (EST)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Iowa salvaged its final game at the AdvoCare Invitational with a strong offensive performance.
Jarrod Uthoff scored 22 points, Adam Woodbury had 15 and Iowa beat No. 20 Wichita State 84-62 in the seventh place game on Sunday.
Mike Gesell added 14 points for Iowa (4-2).
''I think we learned what we need to do to win,'' Gesell said.
Wichita State (2-4) got 14 from Eric Hamilton. Ron Baker, who entered averaging 20.2 points, was held to eight.
Both teams lost their first two games at the invitational.
Short-handed Wichita State played without forward Anton Grady, who was at an area hospital recovering from what doctors believe is a spinal cord concussion that happened during a collision with an Alabama player in Friday's game. Doctors found no signs of spinal cord trauma.
Grady was released from Orlando Regional Medical Center on Sunday night and was set to fly home with the team. The school said Grady is walking with assistance.
''Anton is in great spirits,'' Marshall said. ''His mom was there. I know that he's had some great care. I think we're out of the woods as far as his injury goes. Now it's just a matter of him rehabbing. What comes next after that, I don't know.''
The team visited Grady after practice on Saturday.
''We know he's going to make a full recovery,'' said Hamilton, who received a text message from Grady before the game. ''We're going to keep praying for him.''
Wichita State senior guard Fred VanVleet sat out all three games of the invitational with a hamstring injury.
Uthoff had 13 points as Iowa took a commanding 40-21 halftime lead. His layup gave the Hawkeyes a 38-16 advantage late in the half.
Woodbury had a 3-point play as part of an 11-0 stretch to start the second half that put Iowa ahead 51-21.
''I just try to play my game,'' Woodbury said. ''Anytime we win, I figured it's a good game for me.''
Anthony Clemmons and Nicholas Baer hit 3s during a 15-2 run that gave Iowa a 29-11 lead 14 minutes into the game.
Baker got his first points on a 3 to make it 31-16 with 5 minutes left in the opening half.
The first half ended when Wichita State's Ty Taylor II beat the buzzer with a leaping 3-pointer from just beyond mid-court.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are 116-36 against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference. It's the most games against a conference outside the Big Ten. ... Coach Fran McCaffery got his 100th win at the school.
Wichita State: The Shockers are also without freshman G Landry Shamet, who had surgery Wednesday for a stress fracture in his foot and is out until at least January. ... It's the first time the Shockers have gone 0-3 in a tourney under Marshall.
Uthoff had his third 20-point game this season and seventh overall. ... Baker made just 2 of 9 shots.
Iowa: will host Florida State Tuesday night.
Wichita State: plays a road game Saturday night at St. Louis.
|UC Irvine||56||vs.||75||Evansville||Final Recap|
Evansville beats UC Irvine 75-56 for 5th at Wooden Legacy
Sunday, November 29 at 5:19 PM (EST)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Egidijus Mockevicius had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Evansville beat UC Irvine 75-56 in the fifth-place game of the Wooden Legacy on Sunday.
D.J. Balentine and Blake Simmons added 15 points apiece for Evansville (5-1). Adam Wing chipped in nine points with five assists and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Purple Aces.
Jaron Martin scored 15 points and Ioannis Dimakopoulos had 12 to lead UC Irvine (5-2).
The Anteaters had a 31-27 halftime lead and it was tied at 37 with 13 minutes left. Mockevicius and Simmons made back-to-back layups to spark a 23-12 run and give the Purple Aces a 60-49 lead with six minutes to play. Mockevicius scored 10 points and Simmons added five during the stretch.
The Anteaters made their last field goal at the 7:11 mark, and finished shooting 7 of 11 from the line and 0 of 10 from the field.
|Utah State||52||vs.||85||Duke||Final Recap|
No. 6 Duke beats Utah State 85-52 for 4th straight win
By AARON BEARD - AP Basketball Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 4:05 PM (EST)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Luke Kennard stayed confident as he wrestled with his shot to start his Duke career. He put up plenty of extra shots after practice. He talked with coaches, who promised ''it'll come.''
He started connecting Sunday, playing with an assertive productivity that thrilled his Hall of Fame coach.
Kennard had the best game of his young career, scoring 22 points to help No. 6 Duke beat Utah State 85-52.
''Shooters, they can have off nights,'' Kennard said. ''I had a few in a row just to start the season. We're going to build off of what we did today, keep working hard and we'll see how it goes.''
Grayson Allen also scored 22 points for the Blue Devils (6-1), who won their fourth straight game since losing to Kentucky. Duke ran off the first 16 points of the second half and shot 64 percent after the break, turning an 11-point halftime lead into a blowout margin against the Aggies (4-1).
Kennard, a 6-foot-5 guard from Franklin, Ohio, had been shooting 33 percent from the floor and 4 for 23 (17 percent) from behind the arc.
But he went 4 for 5 from the field to match his previous season high of 12 by halftime. That included a shot in the lane while drawing a foul right before a timeout, prompting coach Mike Krzyzewski to greet him at the bench with an excited message.
''He said, `There you go, that's what we want,''' Kennard said. ''I could tell, when I looked at him in the eyes, he was very excited about how I was playing, how I was attacking, the energy that I brought to the floor.
''I just knew then that's what I need to do every game,'' he said.
He finished 7 for 9 from the field and made 4 of 5 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
''It's just shooting at the speed that he's going to need to in this competition,'' Krzyzewski said. ''You're not in the right lane anymore. You're in the left lane. But he's worked at it, and (assistant Jon Scheyer) has worked real hard with him on it.''
Chris Smith scored 13 points to lead the Aggies, who shot 29 percent after halftime as Duke took over.
''I thought we were extremely selfish offensively and soft defensively, and (it was) just a performance not to be proud of,'' Utah State coach Tim Duryea said. ''I didn't think there was one redeeming quality about our performance.''
Utah State: Jalen Moore came in averaging 13.3 points, but finished with eight on 3-for-10 shooting. ... Utah State made 3 of 12 3-pointers. ... Utah State had outrebounded its first four opponents but finished with a 40-26 deficit Sunday.
Duke: Amile Jefferson had 13 points and nine rebounds. ... Freshman Derryck Thornton had a rough day, scoring two points on 1-for-9 shooting and missing a breakaway dunk. ... Duke had 20 points off turnovers and 12 second-chance points. ... Duke pushed its NCAA-best home nonconference winning streak to 120 games, a streak that started in November 2000.
Allen, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer at 22.7 points per game, repeatedly got into the lane and hit two 3s to go with five rebounds. He also drew two offensive fouls on Moore.
Allen got into the lane for a score and burying a 3 during Duke's 16-0 run to open the second half. Freshman Brandon Ingram's two free throws capped the spurt, which turned a 38-27 edge into a 54-27 lead with 15:31 to play.
Utah State travels to Missouri State on Tuesday.
Duke hosts No. 13 Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday.
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Hogan, Anderson spark Navy to 75-53 win over IPFW
Sunday, November 29 at 2:56 PM (EST)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Jace Hogan had 16 points and Shawn Anderson had 15 and Navy defeated IPFW 75-53 on Sunday to sweep its three games in the Spartan Showcase.
The Midshipmen (6-2) opened a 41-25 lead at the half and shot 54 percent for the game in winning their sixth straight - their best since a seven-game streak early in the 2008-09 season. They made 31 of 57 shots, including half of their 10 3-pointers.
Hogan had six points in a 10-0 first-half run and the Midshipmen closed the half with a 16-2 surge. The Mastodons got within four in the second half but Navy answered with another 10-0 run.
The Mastodons (6-2), who had their six-game winning streak snapped, were led by Mo Evans with 19 points. IPFW shot 31 percent (14 for 45).
Navy has scored at least 70 points in five straight games and improved to 22-1 when reaching 70 points during the Ed DeChellis era.
|Jackson State||61||vs.||80||Marquette||Final Recap|
Cheatham's big day leads Marquette past Jackson State 80-61
Sunday, November 29 at 3:45 PM (EST)
MILWAUKEE (AP) Haanif Cheatham scored 24 points, Duane Wilson added 16 and Henry Ellenson 15 with 10 rebounds and Marquette cruised to an 80-61 win over Jackson State on Sunday.
Behind Cheatham, a freshman who had a career day, the Golden Eagles (4-2) shot 59 percent in the second half while making 6 of 11 3-pointers.
Cheatham made four of Marquette's nine 3-pointers and hit all six of his free throws. Luke Fischer had 11 points and six blocks.
Marquette led 38-28 at the half and pushed the lead to 26 points midway through the second half. Ellenson made 7 of 11 from the field and Cheatham was 7 of 12.
Raeford Worsham had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers (2-5), who shot 36 percent. Only one player hit half of his shots.
The Golden Eagles had 23 assists on its 30 baskets with Traci Carter contributing six.
Monmouth knocks off another big school, 83-73 over USC
By MARK DIDTLER - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 4:00 PM (EST)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Justin Robinson had a record-breaking tournament - scoring an AdvoCare Invitational record 77 points over three games.
Robinson made five 3-pointers and scored 27 points on Sunday to help Monmouth beat USC 83-73 in the third-place game.
''I give the credit to my teammates and coaches,'' Robinson said. ''They gave me the ball and gave me the confidence. I just found a way to put the ball in the bucket.''
USC's Nikola Jovanovic made two free throws to pull within 73-70, but Robinson responded with a 3-pointer to put Monmouth up 76-70 with 55 seconds remaining. Seaborn made it an 11-point game with a 3-point play with 28 seconds left.
''He's a tremendous offensive player,'' USC coach Andy Enfield said of Robinson.
Monmouth went 2-1 in the tourney, including the school's first-ever win over a Top 25 team, a 70-68 victory Thursday over Notre Dame. The Hawks also won a road game at UCLA in overtime earlier this season.
''It's very exciting, but we expected to get to this point at some point,'' Monmouth coach King Rice said. ''We weren't sure when it was going to happen. It probably took longer than I thought it was going to take when I got the job five years ago.''
Micah Seaborn added 20 points, and Deon Jones had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Monmouth (4-2).
Robinson had 10 points in the first half to help Monmouth rally from an early six-point deficit to go up 38-29 at halftime.
USC (5-2) was paced by Julian Jacobs with 19 points. Bennie Boatwright added 16 points and nine rebounds. Jordan McLaughlin, who sat out the second half of Friday's game against No. 23 Xavier due to a broken nose, played with protective guard. He had five points and five assists.
''We missed over 10 layups, we missed free throws, we were 3 for 21 from the 3-point line and most of those looks were just clean looks,'' Enfield said. ''We could not put the ball in the basket today.''
Seaborn hit a 3 as Monmouth extended its lead to 51-37 early in the second half.
After trailing by 14, USC got back within 68-64 on Jacobs' layup with 4 minutes to go. But Collin Stewart answered with a 3-pointer and Jones' dunk with 1:41 left made it 73-68.
The two teams met earlier this season, with USC beating the Hawks 101-90 on Nov. 16.
USC: It was the first time since 1967 that the Trojans played the same opponent twice in the same season within the first seven games.
Monmouth: This was the first time this season the Hawks led at the half.
Monmouth made 12 of 30 3-pointers with four from Seaborn.
''To come out here and get two wins, it's big,'' Robinson said. ''It gives us momentum going into next weekend. We can't let it get to our heads, and understand that we still haven't accomplished anything yet.''
USC: Plays at UC Santa Barbara Thursday night.
Monmouth: Opens the MAAC season Friday night at Canisius.
|Northern Colorado||52||vs.||82||Colorado||Final Recap|
Colorado beats Northern Colorado 82-52
By BRENT W. NEW - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 6:57 PM (EST)
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado's Wesley Gordon didn't attempt a shot in the first half on Sunday.
Apparently, that didn't bother him much.
He continued to hit the boards and run the floor, providing a spark wherever he could. His offense finally came around, too.
Gordon finished with nine points and 15 rebounds, Josh Scott added 18 points and eight rebounds and Colorado beat Northern Colorado 82-52 for its fifth straight victory.
''I can affect the game in more ways than just scoring. I just focus on different aspects of the game,'' Gordon said. ''We don't really have trouble scoring too much, so it's not that big of a deal.''
The junior finally got some looks in the second half. He went 3 of 5 from the field and 3 of 4 from the line, something coach Tad Boyle said he wants to see more of.
''If Wesley doesn't get a touch in the first half we have to make sure he gets some,'' Boyle said. ''Part of it's on coaches and the guards. The other parts are Wesley.''
The Buffs put the Bears out of reach with a 15-0 burst over five minutes to take a 50-19 lead with 17:34 remaining. Tory Miller started the run with a 3-point play late in the first half and Scott scored eight of the next 12 points, including dunk off a lob from Thomas Akyazili.
George King added 13 points and Josh Fortune had nine for Colorado (5-1), which never trailed despite 18 turnovers and cold shooting down the stretch.
''At times, we had lapses,'' Scott said, ''but I'm pretty proud of what we did for 40 minutes.''
Anthony Johnson paced Northern Colorado (1-5) with 18 points and Jordan Wilson added 12. The Bears shot 32 percent from the field in their fourth consecutive loss.
Northern Colorado shot just 61 percent from the free throw line on 18 attempts and didn't hit its first 3 until midway through the second half.
''Nothing was falling,'' Wilson said. ''But we have to help our offense with stops.''
Colorado went 3 for 4 from the perimeter to go up 11-2 in the opening minutes and finished 10 of 23 from 3-point range. The Buffaloes outrebounded the Bears 48-29.
Northern Colorado: Cameron Michael sat out for the second game in a row with a concussion. He is the Bears' second-leading scorer, averaging 16.8 points.
Colorado: Tory Miller scored seven points on Sunday after he was reprimanded by the Pac-12 for his behavior in Wednesday's 81-70 win over Air Force. Miller bit the Falcons' Hayden Graham on the shoulder as the two wrestled over a loose ball in the second half. After video replay, Miller was ejected from the game.
Late in the game, Gordon missed a free throw that would've given him his first double-double of the season. When asked if he knew he was that close, Gordon shrugged his shoulders and joked ''I would have made the free throw if I would have known that.''
Colorado coach Tad Boyle, who coached the Bears from 2006-10, went to 2-0 against his former team.
''It's tough to get your tail kicked by your old boss,'' said Bears coach B.J. Hill, who was an assistant under Boyle.
Northern Colorado: will travel to UC-Riverside on Thursday.
Colorado: hosts Fort Lewis on Wednesday.
Tulane beats Liberty 72-51 in Nashville
Sunday, November 29 at 4:15 PM (EST)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jernard Jarreau scored 15 points, Kain Harris had 13 and Tulane took a 72-51 victory over Liberty on Sunday at the Challenge in Music City.
Melvin Frazier added 11 points for the Green Wave (4-3), who have won two straight. Jarreau was 6 of 8 and Tulane shot 49 percent, including 8 of 18 from 3-point range with Harris hitting three from beyond the arc.
Evan Maxwell and Ezra Talbert had 12 points each for the Flames (3-4), who dropped their third straight at the tournament. Liberty shot 39 percent, though it made 8 of 19 3-pointers. The Flames committed 19 turnovers.
Tulane took its first lead at 21-19 with 7:53 left in the first half and were up by 10 at halftime. Frazier scored the first four points of the second half and a 9-0 run later put Tulane up 64-37.
|Harvard||49||vs.||50||Holy Cross||Final Recap|
Alexander scores 17, Holy Cross beat Harvard 50-49
Sunday, November 29 at 3:45 PM (EST)
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) Malachi Alexander scored 17 points, Anthony Thompson made two key free throws with 35 seconds left and Holy Cross beat Harvard 50-49 on Sunday.
Robert Champion hit a 3-pointer with 2:45 left to extend Holy Cross' lead to 48-42. Corey Johnson answered with a 3-point shot and Zena Edosomwan's free throw pulled Harvard within 48-46 with 1:22 remaining. But Thompson made two free throws for a 50-46 lead.
Thompson finished with 13 points for Holy Cross (3-3) and Champion had 11.
Holy Cross opened the second half on an 8-3 run, with four points from Thompson, to take a 29-26 lead.
Patrick Steeves had six points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Harvard (2-4). The Crimson were 19 of 51 (37 percent) from the field, including 8 of 24 from 3-point range. Tommy McCarthy, Steeves, Corbin Miller and Johnson had two 3's apiece.
Spangler leads No. 7 Oklahoma past Wisconsin 65-48
By CLIFF BRUNT - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 5:45 PM (EST)
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's first three games featured a fast tempo and lots of points from senior guard Buddy Hield.
The Sooners' fourth game had neither, but the result was the same. Ryan Spangler had 20 points and 14 rebounds to help the seventh-ranked Sooners beat Wisconsin 65-48 on Sunday.
Hield, a preseason All-American who averaged 25.3 points in his first three games, was held to 12 points on 5 of 16 shooting.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger was pleased to see his team win a different style of game.
''It's a game we'll grow from,'' he said. ''We know Buddy is going to bounce back, at least most of the nights. I know he feels good about other guys stepping up there when they do, too. That's the way he thinks about it.''
Spangler made 7 of 9 shots, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, and fell just short of his career high of 21 points. Kruger said Spangler has emphasized knocking down open jumpers and is making teams pay for leaving him open.
''Ryan has worked hard on that part of his game,'' Kruger said. ''He knows that that's just going to complement everything else that he does ... He got us off to a good start and rebounded the ball like crazy and battled from start to finish. No surprise there.''
Isaiah Cousins added 14 points for the Sooners (4-0), who led for all but 30 seconds against last year's national runner-up.
Nigel Hayes had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (4-3), who had won their previous two games. Wisconsin made 7 of 33 3-pointers, but hit just 9 of 35 shots inside the arc. Wisconsin's 23.5 percent shooting was its worst since a 22.2-percent effort against North Dakota State in 2006.
''They played off of some of our guys who they didn't feel could shoot,'' Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. ''Actually, that would have referred to everybody on our team in the long run. When we had the opportunities in the paint, we didn't finish. I'm really disappointed in that.''
Spangler scored 10 points in the first 7:13 to help the Sooners take a 15-3 lead. Oklahoma led by as many as 17 points in the first half, and was up 34-19 at the half behind Spangler's 12 points, Cousins' 10 and Hield's eight. Oklahoma held the Badgers to 20 percent shooting and Hayes to just five points in the first half.
Wisconsin rallied early in the second half, and Bronson Koenig's 3-pointer cut the Sooners' lead to 36-27. But Oklahoma regained control, and a layup by Spangler put the Sooners ahead 52-35 with 7:33 to play.
The Oklahoma football team, fresh off Saturday's win over Oklahoma State, brought its shiny Big 12 championship trophy to center court at halftime. Coach Bob Stoops, Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield, running back Samaje Perine and center Ty Darlington talked to the crowd.
Ryan, on the difference between this team and last year's: ''You get spoiled when you have five guys who can shoot 3s on the court at one time. We haven't had that this year. I'm waiting for some of our guys that are pretty good shooters to show that they can commit to defense.''
Wisconsin's 23.5 percent shooting was the third-lowest percentage Oklahoma has allowed since STATS began keeping track during the 1996-97 season.
Wisconsin: Koenig made just 3 of 18 shots, and Vitto Brown made 3 of 15. ... Previous season low was 61 points. ... Committed four turnovers in the first half and seven overall. ... Made just 2 of 14 shots inside the 3-point line in the first half.
Oklahoma: Spangler had his second straight hot start, having tallied 11 points in the first 6:39 in the previous game against Incarnate Word. ... Committed just two turnovers in the first half and five overall. ... Oklahoma attempted just one free throw in the first half.
Wisconsin plays at Syracuse on Wednesday.
Oklahoma hosts Central Arkansas on Thursday.
Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter (at)CliffBruntAP.
|Boise State||59||vs.||68||Arizona||Final Recap|
No. 11 Arizona outlasts Boise State for 3rd in Wooden Legacy
By BETH HARRIS - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 8:32 PM (EST)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Arizona's long nightmare in a city known as the happiest place on Earth is over.
The 11th-ranked Wildcats finally won at Honda Center in Anaheim, beating Boise State 68-59 in the third-place game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy on Sunday.
Of course, this event wasn't nearly as prestigious as the NCAA Tournament - Arizona has lost in all four West Regional title games they've played in this same arena, just down the road from Disneyland.
''It's nice to come to the Honda Center and leave with a victory,'' said Wildcats coach Sean Miller, who wasn't just piling on platitudes. He presided over two of those defeats, while Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson was in charge for the other two.
Allonzo Trier and Kadeem Allen scored 13 points each to lead five Wildcats in double figures on a day when injured starting center Kaleb Tarczewski missed his second straight game. Ryan Anderson added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Gabe York and Mark Tollefsen added 10 points each.
With Tarczewski in the post, Anderson and Allen had seven rebounds each, and Tollefsen and Dusan Ristic had five apiece to help the Wildcats (6-1).
Arizona was upset by Providence 69-65 in the semifinals Friday after narrowly escaping with a 75-73 overtime win against winless Santa Clara on Thursday in the three-day event.
''When you lose a hard-fought game like we did against Providence, a lot of times that carries over. These guys did a great job of putting that game behind us,'' Miller said. ''This was our best defensive performance of the year. We had some guys really, really step up on defense.''
The Wildcats held Boise State (3-4) to 40 percent shooting, controlled the paint and had a higher-scoring bench despite committing 17 turnovers. They had a season-high 21 in the loss to Providence.
''We're not where we were a year ago,'' Miller said.
James Webb III led the Broncos with 17 points and Nick Duncan added 10 before he fouled out late in the second meeting between the teams in 10 days. The Wildcats also beat the Broncos in Tucson, Arizona.
''It's a Boise team that's trying to find its identity,'' coach Leon Rice said. ''We don't have enough guys stepping up and taking a role and figuring out what their role has to be.''
Boise State rallied from 19 points down to get to 62-56 on a 3-pointer by Lonnie Jackson. It capped a 9-0 run that included six made free throws.
Twice more the Broncos cut their deficit to six, but Trier dunked and Allen hit a 3-pointer to close out the victory.
''We had too many mental lapses and let teams explode on us,'' Rice said.
Both teams were plagued by foul trouble. Anderson and Tollefsen each fouled out for Arizona and Elliott Pitts had four fouls. Boise State lost Duncan, and Webb, Jackson and Anthony Drmic each had four fouls.
Jackson and Duncan each hit 3-pointers for Boise State during Arizona's 22-12 run that gave the Wildcats their largest lead, 57-38. Seven different Arizona players scored in the run.
The Wildcats trailed by one before they closed the half on a 16-6 run to lead 35-26 at the break, their largest margin in the opening 20 minutes. Seven different Arizona players scored, with Trier leading the way with seven. The Broncos never led by more than three.
Boise State: The Broncos lost 88-76 in the teams' earlier matchup. ... Webb had a game-high 27 points and Duncan added 21 in that first encounter.
Arizona: The Wildcats had 17 turnovers. They outscored Boise State in the paint 40-24. ... It was the first time since 2000-01 that the Wildcats faced the same opponent twice in the same nonconference season. ... Arizona improved to 34-12 in games following a loss under Miller.
Miller said Tarzcewski will have a MRI when the team returns to Tucson. The senior is on track to become the winningest player in school history. He's known for his durability, playing 35 games in each of his first two seasons and 37 last season.
''We have our fingers crossed it's more tendon and ligament than anything structurally,'' Miller said. ''He had almost the identical situation in his other ankle. We're used to having him around. The soonest we could have him is Friday.''
The Broncos don't have a win to show for it, but they are challenging themselves against ranked opponents. This year is the first in which they played three nonconference games against Top 25 opponents in the same season. They lost to Michigan State 77-67 on Saturday.
Boise State: Hosts Willamette on Wednesday night.
Arizona: Plays at No. 10 Gonzaga on Saturday.
No. 25 SMU beats Brown 77-69 to remain undefeated
Sunday, November 29 at 7:22 PM (EST)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) Missing its top two scorers, newly ranked SMU needed a spark from Keith Frazier to survive an early non-conference test.
Frazier scored a season-high 23 points to power No. 25 SMU to a 77-69 win over Brown on Sunday.
The Mustangs were without Nic Moore, who missed the game with a broken finger, and Ben Moore, who was suspended for a violation of team rules.
''Given the circumstances, we are very happy,'' associate head coach Tim Jankovich said. ''We had only nine scholarship players available to start. To be down two the day before the game was scary.''
SMU (4-0) was forced to go deep into its reserves. All seven healthy scholarship players played, including three true freshmen. One of them, Jarrey Foster, scored 15 points in his fourth game as a Mustang. Another, Shake Milton, led the Mustangs with seven assists.
Brown's Steven Spieth scored 14 points in his Dallas homecoming. He is the brother of top-ranked golfer Jordan Spieth.
Markus Kennedy added 13 points to help the Mustangs overcome a slow start in their first week of the season as a ranked team.
SMU allowed Brown (1-5) to hit seven of its first 10 3-pointers and take a 25-24 lead with 11:56 left in the first half. Frazier and Milton combined for 13 points to close the half on a 24-12 SMU run.
Justin Massey scored 16 points for Brown, which lost its fourth consecutive game. Cedric Kuakumensah added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
''I think we've been better than what our record has shown,'' Brown coach Mike Martin said. ''I don't think we're far away from being a good team.''
SMU pushed its lead out as far as 16 in the second half, but struggled to put Brown away down the stretch. The Bears were within 10 for much of the second half, but never got closer than seven points. SMU hit only one field goal the last five minutes of the game.
The Mustangs outrebounded Brown 42-27.
Brown: Kuakumensah blocked three shots to move within four of the career Ivy League record of 252, held by Dartmouth's Brian Gilpin.
SMU: Coach Larry Brown missed his fourth game as part of a nine-game NCAA suspension for academic fraud. The Mustangs are banned from all postseason play this season.
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Jankovich was complimentary of Brown's ability to hit the 3-point shot.
''Every player who comes on the floor is a 3-point threat,'' he said. ''It's kind of like playing the Golden State Warriors.''
Spieth also had five assists in his return to the Metroplex. Spieth is a graduate of nearby Jesuit College Prep. He shook hands with former President George W. Bush before the game.
Brown: Hosts Central Connecticut State on Wednesday.
SMU: Visits TCU on Wednesday.
|Maine-Fort Kent||60||vs.||89||NJIT||Final Recap|
NJIT easily handles Maine-Fort Kent 89-60
Sunday, November 29 at 4:09 PM (EST)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Tim Coleman scored 21 points and NJIT had little trouble with Maine-Fort Kent, knocking off the USCAA member 89-60 on Sunday.
Coleman was 7 of 11 from the floor, 7 of 8 from the line and grabbed nine rebounds. Damon Lynn had 15 points - on five 3-pointers - while Emmanuel Tselentakis and Rob Ukawuba added 10 points apiece.
Maine-Fort Kent was led by Jake Rioux with 16 points on four 3-pointers. Qaadir Ali had 15 points and five assists, and Lowell Hall added 10 points.
The Highlanders (4-3) used a 15-3 run early to take control and the lead hit 20 on Winfield Willis' 3-pointer with 3:41 left in the first half. Lynn's 3-pointer with 2 seconds to go put NJIT up 47-21 at intermission.
Tselentakis' 3-pointer midway through the second half pushed the lead over 30 as both teams opened their benches.
UMass Lowell hangs on to beat Cornell 80-77
Sunday, November 29 at 5:21 PM (EST)
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) Jahad Thomas scored 19 points, including six straight points to give UMass Lowell the lead, and the River Hawks held on to beat Cornell 80-77 on Sunday.
Thomas' string of points put UMass Lowell ahead with 1:20 to go.
Cornell was within three, 77-74, after Robert Hatter's basket with 17 seconds left. Keith Hayes II responded with a pair of free throws for the River Hawks before Cornell's Matt Morgan sank a 3-pointer to make it 79-77 with five seconds remaining. Hayes added a final free throw before Morgan missed a 3-pointer.
Isaac White scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for the River Hawks (3-2), whose losses came against Northwestern and Notre Dame. Hayes added 13 points and Matt Harris 10.
Morgan finished with 23 points, Hatter 14 and Troy Whiteside 10 for the Big Red (3-4).
|LIU Brooklyn||56||vs.||79||Dartmouth||Final Recap|
Wright's career day leads Dartmouth past LIU Brooklyn 79-56
Sunday, November 29 at 4:08 PM (EST)
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) Miles Wright set a career high for points, made baskets and made 3-pointers, scoring 39 points, and Dartmouth cruised past LIU Brooklyn 79-56 on Sunday.
Wright finished 13-of-22 shooting with seven 3s and went 6 of 7 from the line on his career day, adding six rebounds and three steals. Evan Boudreaux had 13 points while Connor Boehm added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Big Green (1-2) raced to a 17-6 lead after Wright's 3-pointer early in the first half. The Blackbirds clawed back, and Fleming's 3 with 3:20 in the frame put LIU up 25-24. Wright got a layup, and then made 1 of 2 from the line to put Dartmouth up 30-27 at intermission.
Dartmouth used an 8-2 run at the start of the second to wrest control of the game.
Martin Hermannsson led LIU Brooklyn (3-2) with 15 points and six rebounds. Iverson Fleming had 14 points and Aakim Saintil added 11.
|Urbana||55||vs.||96||Bowling Green||Final Recap|
Bowling Green beats Urbana 96-55
Sunday, November 29 at 4:55 PM (EST)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Spencer Parker and Matt Fox scored 15 points apiece and Bowling Green made 14 3-pointers in a 96-55 victory over Urbana on Sunday.
The duo only missed two shots combined and Fox made five 3-pointers.
It was tied at 26 before Bowling Green closed the first half on a 16-4 run for a 42-30 lead. The Falcons made their first seven field goals of the second half during a 15-0 run for a 59-32 lead. Parker and Wesley Alcegaire made back-to-back 3-pointers during the spurt.
Zack Denny had 13 points and eight rebounds for Bowling Green (4-2) and Ismail Ali had 10 assists. Rasheed Worrell and Antwon Lillard both scored 12 points, and Worrell grabbed eight rebounds.
The Falcons had a season-high 25 assists on 34 made field goals.
Carlas Jackson made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Urbana. The Blue Knights were held to 20-of-64 shooting (31 percent).
|Rider||57||vs.||82||Rhode Island||Final Recap|
Rhode Island handles Rider 82-57
Sunday, November 29 at 4:22 PM (EST)
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) Four McGlynn matched his career high with 27 points and Rhode Island easily handled Rider 82-57 on Sunday.
McGlynn, a senior transfer who played for Towson and Vermont, averaged 11.6 points coming in and matched a figure he's hit three times previously in his career. Christion Thompson had 11 points and Jared Terrell added 10.
Rider (1-5) was led by Xavier Lundy with 12 points and Kahlil Thomas added 10 points with seven rebounds.
A 7-0 spurt midway through the first half - including 3s by McGlynn and Nicola Akele - pushed the Rams' advantage to 11 points. Terrell hit a 3 just before the half and Rhode Island led 41-28 at intermission.
Thompson's 3-pointer at 11:36 of the second half gave the Rams (4-2) a 20-point lead and they cruised to victory.
|South Carolina State||66||vs.||68||Kansas State||Final Recap|
Kansas St escapes with 68-66 win over South Carolina St
By TATE STEINLAGE - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 6:20 PM (EST)
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Bruce Weber and Justin Edwards stood some 30 feet apart, one calling out a defensive play and the other waiting to attempt a free throw, but replayed the same scenario over and over again in their own heads.
Last season, Kansas State played an emotional game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, before returning home and being embarrassed by Texas Southern 58-56.
Coming off a close loss to No. 9 North Carolina in Kansas City, both Weber and Edwards feared their young team would meet the same fate against South Carolina State.
The latter was determined to make sure that wouldn't happen.
Edwards scored 18 points, including four key free throws in the final 17 seconds, and Kansas State avoided an upset bid by South Carolina State, 68-66, on Sunday.
''We didn't bounce back the way we wanted to,'' Edwards said. ''Obviously we wanted to come out and punish this team, but it shows we have some character because we toughed it out.''
The Bulldogs pulled within 64-61 with 21 seconds remaining on an Ed Stephens 3-pointer - one of five for him on the day - but Edwards sealed the game at the line on two separate occasions. The senior guard also pulled down 7 rebounds and had 6 assists.
Dean Wade finished with 12 points and Wesley Iwundu 11. Stephen Hurt tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 2 assists for Kansas State (5-1).
Stephens scored 24 points and Eric Eaves 21 for South Carolina State (3-4). Together, they accounted for 68 percent of the Bulldogs' scoring on 15 of 28 shooting, including 7 of 13 from beyond the arc.
''Those two guys can really score the basketball,'' Bulldogs coach Murray Garvin said. ''I tell them every day that is not our challenge. They can put the ball in the hole. They've been scoring, and they were high school teammates so they know how to play with each other.''
Kansas State trailed 21-16 with 8:20 left in the opening half when it sparked a 20-9 run to close out the first period to take a 36-30 halftime lead. Iwundu threw down a highlight reel drunk on an alley-oop from Kamau Stokes early in the run, and later split the defense on a one-handed pass to Edwards to cap off the rally and give the Wildcats their biggest lead of the first half.
The Bulldogs kept it close for most of the second half after Iwundu rattled off three-straight buckets and dished out an assist to Stokes for a 3-pointer to extend Kansas State's halftime lead to 50-39 with 15:07 left.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball for much of the final period, shooting a combined 3 of 18 during one stretch. The 3-point ball kept South Carolina State in the game, as the Bulldogs shot 38 percent from deep.
Kansas State overcame 17 turnovers and poor rebounding late.
''We weren't ready to play, but we won so we have to move forward,'' Weber said. ''We lost to North Carolina - we felt like we competed - but you have to move forward. We had some guys with a little bit of a hangover after that.''
South Carolina State: The Bulldogs return four starters from a team that finished 11-22 a season ago. . South Carolina State has an enrollment of 2,750.
Kansas State: South Carolina State is the second team from the MEAC that Kansas State has beat this season. The Wildcats are 28-0 against the conference all-time. . Kansas State is 5-1 for the first time since 2012-13.
South Carolina State: At Florida A&M on Saturday
Kansas State: At Georgia on Friday
Singletary with 21 points, Albany (NY) routs Yale 88-54
Sunday, November 29 at 4:13 PM (EST)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Evan Singletary scored 21 points and Albany (NY) rolled to an 88-54 rout of Yale on Sunday.
Singletary was 7 of 9 from the floor with four 3-pointers. Travis Charles scored 16 points and Ray Sanders added 15 for Albany (4-3), which has won back-to-back games after losing to South Florida 63-61 on Nov. 24, and has won four of its last five.
Peter Hooley chipped in two points with eight rebounds, matched a career-high with four steals, and had a career-best eight assists for the Great Danes.
Brandon Sherrod had 13 points to lead Yale (3-3), which scored its fewest points of the season and has lost three straight. Nick Victor added 10 points.
Singletary scored 10 points in the first eight minutes and the Great Danes led 17-7, and built a 45-27 halftime lead. Singletary scored 16 points in the first half and Sanders added 10.
|Mississippi Valley State||64||vs.||101||Tennessee Tech||Final Recap|
Rowe scores 19 and Tennessee Tech rolls over MVSU 101-64
Sunday, November 29 at 5:09 PM (EST)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Torrance Rowe scored 19 points and Tennessee Tech rolled over Mississippi Valley State 101-64 on Sunday.
Rowe was 6 of 13 from the floor with three 3-pointers and six assists as the Golden Eagles shot over 52 percent as a team. Ryan Martin scored 15 points with nine rebounds, Courtney Alexander II had 14 points with 10 boards while Aleksa Jugovic added 10 points and six helpers. Tennessee Tech (5-2) had 25 assists as a team on 37 baskets and outrebounded the Delta Devils 47-35.
Marcus Romain paced MVSU (0-7) with 20 points. Vacha Vaughn added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Tennessee Tech trailed at 2-0, and never again. An 8-0 run over 3 minutes during the latter stages of the first half pushed the lead to 23 and the Golden Eagles led 48-24 at intermission.
The lead hit 30 on Hakeem Rogers' 3-pointer early in the second half.
|UC Riverside||74||vs.||69||Lamar||Final Recap|
Bland helps UC Riverside pull away to beat Lamar 74-69
Sunday, November 29 at 5:42 PM (EST)
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) Jaylen Bland scored 10 of his 25 points in the final six minutes to help UC Riverside pull away and beat Lamar 74-69 on Sunday.
Bland was 8 of 20 from the floor with four 3-pointers. Malik Thames added 13 points for UC Riverside (4-2), which won its first road game.
Josh Nzeakor scored 16 points for Lamar (2-3). Dorian Chatman and Nick Garth chipped in 11 points apiece.
The Highlanders had a 43-29 halftime lead. Chatman scored 11 points and LeMon Gregory added four points as the Cardinals opened the second half on an 18-5 run to tie it at 47 with ten minutes left.
It was tied three more times before Steven Jones made a layup and Bland a 3-pointer to stretch the Highlanders' lead to 58-53 with 5:49 left. Bland added a layup and made 5 of 6 free throws to seal it.
Lindner, Scott lead Lafayette over Penn 92-86
Sunday, November 29 at 4:41 PM (EST)
EASTON, Pa. (AP) Nick Lindner and Bryce Scott 22 scored points apiece and Lafayette handed Penn a 92-86 defeat on Sunday.
Matt Klinewski added 15 points and nine rebounds, Monty Boykins also scored 15 points and Paulius Zalys added 11 for the Leopards (2-4). Lindner was 7 of 18 from the floor and hit all seven free throws while Scott was 8 of 13, including four 3-pointers.
The Quakers (4-2) were off to their best start since the 2001-02 team, which went on to win the Ivy League title. But the Leopards shot over 50 percent in both halves and led at the break 46-31.
Antonio Woods scored Penn's last nine points and had the Quakers within four with nine seconds left before Lindner made two free throws.
Darien Nelson-Henry had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Quakers, who shot 47 percent, with Woods adding 17 points and Matt Howard 15.
Steidl scores 17, Vermont rolls over Marist 86-60
Sunday, November 29 at 4:08 PM (EST)
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Kurt Steidl scored 17 points, Dre Wills had 10 points with 11 rebounds and Vermont cruised to an 86-60 win over Marist on Sunday.
Steidl made 7 of 10 shots, including 3 of 6 3-pointers as the Catamounts (3-4) shot 57 percent (33 for 63). They also had a 46-20 advantage on the boards, 17-4 on the offensive end.
Ethan O'Day and reserves Nate Rohrer and Trae Bell-Haynes had 11 points each as the Catamounts got 30 points off the bench.
Brian Parker made 9 of 13 shots and scored 22 points for the Red Foxes (1-3). Khallid Hart added 15 points.
Rohrer and Steidl each had a 3 and five points in a 10-0 run for a 22-14 lead and Rohrer had another four in a 9-0 burst late in the first half that led to a 43-29 lead at the break. Marist had five rebounds at halftime.
|Savannah State||57||vs.||67||South Florida||Final Recap|
South Florida pulls away late to beat Savannah St. 67-57
By CHRISTOPHER STOCK - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 4:58 PM (EST)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Roddy Peters scored 17 points to help South Florida hold off and beat Savannah State 67-57 on Sunday.
Jaleel Cousins had 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season for USF (2-5), which bounced back after losing to No. 1 Kentucky 84-63 on Nov. 27.
Troyce Manassa led Savannah State (3-4) with 23 points.
USF had a 10-point lead in the second half, but Savannah State cut the deficit to two on five different occasions, including 54-52 with 4:25 left after a layup by Lenjo Kilo.
USF responded with a layup by Peters and a three-point play by Jahmal McMurray to push the lead to 59-52, but could not put away the Tigers.
Manassa's layup pulled Savannah State to 60-57 with 1:47 left. The Tigers missed their next three shots and had a turnover.
Peters made three free throws, Cousins a pair of free throws, and Nehemias Morillo converted a layup as the Bulls scored the final seven points.
USF made 15 of 25 shots from the field (60 percent) in the second half and finished on 25-of-52 shooting for 48.1 percent.
Savannah State shot 35.5 percent (22 of 62) from the floor.
The Bulls led 18-11 midway through the first half and built a 26-22 halftime lead, but were unable to stretch their lead despite holding Savannah State to 27.3-percent shooting (9 for 33) in the first half.
It was the first meeting between the schools.
South Florida: Jahmal McMurray was back in the starting lineup after five games as a reserve. The freshman guard came into the game averaging a team-high 13.3 points a game. ... The Bulls shot a season-high 48.1 percent, surpassing their 46.4 percent shooting against No. 1 Kentucky.
Savannah State: The Tigers won their first three games of the season at home before dropping their last four on the road.
South Florida visits Delaware State on Thursday.
Savannah State hosts Georgia State on Wednesday.
|South Dakota||77||vs.||71||Eastern Washington||Final Recap|
South Dakota defeats Eastern Washington 77-71
Sunday, November 29 at 7:36 PM (EST)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Shy McClelland scored 18 points and South Dakota made its last seven shots to defeat Eastern Washington 77-71 on Sunday.
Dan Jech added 14 points and Eric Robertson 12 for the Coyotes (4-3), who took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Casey Kasperbauer that made it 70-67 with 2:55 to play.
Venky Jois made two free throws to pull the Eagles (3-3) within 72-71 at the 1:38 mark, but McClelland answered with a layup and the Coyotes closed it by making 3 of 4 free throws while Eastern missed its last four shots.
South Dakota shot 71 percent in the second half (17 of 24) and finished at 58 percent for the game.
Bogdan Bliznyuk led Eastern Washington with 16 points and Cody Benzel made 4 of 7 behind the arc for 12. The Eagles were 9 of 17 on 3s in the first half but finished just 12 of 31.
Locke leads UNCG over Jacksonville 71-69
Sunday, November 29 at 5:40 PM (EST)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Kayel Locke had 19 points, including nine straight late, plus a key rebound, as UNC Greensboro beat Jacksonville 71-69 at the Spartan Showcase on Sunday.
Marcel White scored to open the second half to put Jacksonville (2-5) up 40-30. Two Clay Byrd 3-pointers gave UNCG (3-3) the lead, 56-54 with 9:13 remaining. The Spartans clung to the lead and Locke's nine straight points gave them a 69-63 edge with 1:16 remaining.
Josh Adeyeye hit a 3-pointer for the Dolphins to cut it to three. UNCG's Diante Baldwin missed a jumper but Locke got the rebound and Jacksonville had to foul, sending Baldwin to the line. Baldwin made both free throws. Darius Dawkins hit a 3-pointer, cutting it to 71-69 with 12 seconds left. But coming out of a timeout, Jacksonville was unable to foul.
UNCG's Marvin Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kori Babineaux led Jacksonville with 17 points.
|UC Santa Barbara||68||vs.||70||Arizona State||Final Recap|
Jacobsen leads Sun Devils late in 70-68 win over Gauchos
Sunday, November 29 at 8:30 PM (EST)
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Eric Jacobsen had 12 seconds of basketball to remember on Sunday, a stretch of time that helped his team to a hard-fought win after an afternoon of shooting struggles.
Jacobsen, a senior center, put in a missed shot with 1.9 seconds left, giving Arizona State a 70-68 win over UC-Santa Barbara.
Jacobsen's bucket came after a big play on the defensive end, a blocked shot with 11 seconds left to give ASU the ball. Then teammate Kodi Justice's jumper was off, and Jacobsen was under the basket for the putback winner. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
''I was hoping it would come off light like it did, and just crashed the offensive board. The ball kind of bounced into my hands,'' Jacobsen said.
Savon Goodman's 14 points led ASU (4-2), which trailed by five with 90 seconds to play. But Jacobsen made two free throws, Andre Spight hit a 3 and the Sun Devils scored the last seven points of the game.
Arizona State made only 34 percent of its shots from the field (20 of 59), while UCSB took seven fewer shots, made six more and hit 50 percent.
''We just haven't had a game yet where we shot it well from outside,'' ASU coach Bobby Hurley said. ''I know we're capable of doing that. But to shoot that number and to give up 50 (percent), you feel fortunate.''
Michael Bryson scored 23 points to lead the Gauchos (2-3). Sam Beeler and Gabe Vincent added 12 points each.
Beeler took a pass from John Green for a Gauchos layup with 1:30 left, giving UCSB a 68-63 lead. But UCSB's last shot as the buzzer sounded from half court was long.
''It was a tough loss,'' UCSB coach Bob Williams said. ''We had two or three times when we were up seven where we really could have put the nail in them and spread that gap to where it would have been a little tougher for them at the end. But give them credit, they made plays and they made shots late in the game to come back.''
The Sun Devils failed to hit a shot for almost the first seven minutes of the game and trailed by as many as nine points in the first half. But a UCSB scoring drought with three turnovers in more than three minutes helped Arizona State get back into the game.
ASU took a 17-16 lead on a Goodman layup with 7:24 left in the half. The two teams exchanged the lead for the next few minutes until Beeler dunked with five seconds to go for a 29-27 halftime lead.
The Gauchos committed 11 turnovers in the first half, which also aided the poor-shooting Sun Devils in keeping the score close.
UCSB went ahead 44-38 with a brief 7-0 run early in the second half. A 3-pointer by Vincent punctuated the run with 13:03 to play. The Gauchos held a lead for almost 30 minutes of the game.
''We just have to expect to be in close games,'' Hurley said. ''We've scheduled hard. There's a lot of other opponents that we could have brought here that wouldn't have been of the quality that this opponent was.''
UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos are 0-3 against Pac-12 opponents this season, with losses to Cal, Oregon State before Sunday. They have one more game against a Pac-12 team, Washington, remaining on their nonconference schedule. . Williams, in his 18th season, is the longest-tenured head coach in school history and west of the Mississippi River, one season longer than Gonzaga's Mark Few and San Diego State's Steve Fisher.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are 8-2 all-time against the Gauchos. . Hurley was given a technical foul for arguing with an official with 13:31 to play in the second half. ... Fans were allowed to toss new or hardly used stuffed animals onto the court at halftime for charity.
SECOND CHANCE EXCELLENCE
Arizona State outscored UCSB 25-4 in second-chance points, and Hurley was somewhat pleased. ''When we start making shots, we won't have to offensive rebound as much,'' he said. ''Until that starts happening, we better go to the glass hard.''
BRYSON ON FIRE
Bryson has 82 points in his last four games and passed Nick Jones for 23rd place in all-time scoring in UCSB history. ''He looked like the best player on the floor for a stretch of time there,'' Hurley said.
UC-Santa Barbara hosts USC on Dec. 3.
Arizona State at Creighton on Dec. 2.
|Delaware State||47||vs.||67||San Francisco||Final Recap|
Dons use big second half to overwhelm Delaware State 67-47
Sunday, November 29 at 8:04 PM (EST)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Devin Watson scored 18 points and San Francisco outscored Delaware State by 22 points in the second half to take a 67-47 victory on Sunday.
The Hornets (0-7) made six 3-pointers and led 25-23 at halftime. But they shot just 28.6 percent in the second half when they made only 2 of 12 from the arc.
The Dons (4-2) scored the first seven points of the second half. Runs of 16-0 and 12-0 expanded their lead to 27 points with 3:11 to go.
Watson made four 3-pointers. Tim Derksen added 14 points. The Dons shot 61.5 percent in the second half.
The Dons outrebounded the Hornets 41-31 and had a 30-10 advantage in the paint.
DeAndre Haywood led the Hornets with 11 points, but they came all in the first half.
Pepperdine withstands late Montana surge for 69-63 victory
Sunday, November 29 at 8:45 PM (EST)
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Lamond Murray Jr. scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half and Pepperdine held on to beat Montana 69-63 on Sunday night.
Murray was 8 of 15 from the field. Stacy Davis added 16 points with three steals for Pepperdine (3-4).
Martin Breunig scored 12 of his 28 points in the final eight minutes, and had 10 rebounds to lead Montana (2-3). Walter Wright chipped in 12 points.
The Waves had a nine-point lead early in the second half before the Grizzlies used an 18-11 run to tie it at 50 with seven minutes left. Breunig scored eight points and Michael Oguine added six during the stretch. A 7-2 surge gave the Waves a 57-52 lead with 4:38 left.
Breunig answered with a dunk, but A.J. John made a pair of free throws, Davis scored six points and Jett Raines added four points to seal it for the Waves.
|Stephen F. Austin||94||vs.||84||Appalachian State||Final Recap|
Stephen F. Austin tops Appalachian St., 94-84 in Music City
Sunday, November 29 at 7:09 PM (EST)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Thomas Walkup scored 24 points and Ty Charles added 22 and Stephen F. Austin won for the second time in three games at the Challenge in Music City tournament, beating Appalachian State 94-84 Sunday.
At 178 combined points, it was the highest scoring game in the tournament's history.
With two wins in Nashville, the Lumberjacks even their season record at 3-3.
Walkup shot 11 of 14 from the field and Charles was 8 of 12 as Stephen F. Austin shot a crisp 62.5 percent from the field (35 of 56) and 5 of 16 from distance.
Frank Eaves scored 19 points and Ronshad Shabazz and Chris Burgess each added 18 to lead the Mountaineers (2-5), who outshot Stephen F. Austin (67.4 percent on 31-o-46 shooting, but were held to 10 fewer attempts by the Lumberjacks' defense.
Appalachian State plays Hofstra Sunday in the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.
|Maine||81||vs.||74||Central Connecticut State||Final Recap|
Maine picks up its 2nd win in a row, holds off CCSU 81-74
Sunday, November 29 at 6:26 PM (EST)
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Kevin Little scored 19 points and Ilija Stojiljkovic grabbed 11 rebounds and Maine picked up its first road win of the season, holding off Central Connecticut State, 81-74 on Sunday afternoon.
After beating Longwood, 92-82 on Wednesday, the Black Bears (2-3) now have their first two-game win streak since February 1, 2014.
Jahlil Nails hit the second of two free throws to pull Central Connecticut (0-5) within three points, 76-73 with 1:18 left in the game, but the Black Bears hit 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final minute to preserve the win.
Til Gloger scored 15 and Devine Eke added 11 for Maine, which shot 47.5 percent from the field (28 of 59), including 7 of 20 (35 percent) from beyond the arc.
Austin Nehls and Khalen Cumberlander each scored 15 points and Brandon Peel added 14 points for the Blue Devils.
UCLA snaps 2-game skid, beats Cal State Northridge 77-45
By KYLE GLASER - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 10:16 PM (EST)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Tony Parker woke up Sunday morning with a cold so bad he could barely breathe, let alone talk.
Once he stepped onto the court though, all signs of illness seemed to disappear.
Parker had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double in seven games this season, and UCLA cruised to a 77-45 win over visiting Cal State Northridge.
''It was easy for me to get going out there,'' Parker said. ''Once I got sweating, I was good.''
The 6-foot-9 senior center, who questioned his team's toughness after a loss to Wake Forest in the Maui Invitational last week, shot 6 of 11 from the field and had three blocks. His effort helped the Bruins (4-3) snap a two-game losing streak in their first home game since returning from Maui.
''It was a little cold there on the court, but I'll be all right,'' Parker said. ''I've played through worse before.''
Isaac Hamilton added 14 points and Aaron Holiday scored 13. Bryce Alford dished out 10 assists as UCLA assisted on 21 of its 29 field goals.
The Bruins also made a season-high nine three-pointers. Hamilton shot 4 of 10 from beyond the arc and Holiday was 3 for 3.
CSUN (2-5) fell behind by double-digits less than five minutes into the game and never recovered. Tavrion Dawson, Jason Richardson and Micheal Warren each scored nine points to lead the Matadors in their third straight loss.
CSUN shot 29.3 percent from the field, including 1 of 11 from 3-point range.
''When we shoot 29 percent, there's not really much to talk about,'' Matadors coach Reggie Theus said. ''UCLA played okay, but they didn't have to play very hard because we weren't making any shots. It boils down to our inability to score.''
UCLA began the game on a 14-0 run and extended its lead to 17 points after Hamilton's third 3-pointer of the first half made it 21-4. The Bruins kept that margin and went into halftime up 39-22.
''In Maui we had a couple rough starts and that's been something that's happening to us,'' Alford said. ''It was part of the gameplan to get ahead first, to punch first, and keep throwing punches.''
Alford's 3-pointer capped an 11-0 UCLA run early in the second half to extend the Bruins lead to 59-30 with 12:42 to go. Parker scored six points during an 8-0 run later in the half to give UCLA a 75-43 lead with just under five minutes to go, their largest lead of the game, and the Bruins closed out the win with that same 32-point margin.
''UCLA came out and dictated the tempo,'' CSUN guard Landon Drew said. ''They came out aggressive, and at that point we were playing catch-up.''
Cal State Northridge: The Matadors have only one win against a Div. 1 opponent this season, a 72-67 victory over Wright State on Nov. 14 . Only seven players saw minutes in the game . CSUN committed 15 turnovers.
UCLA: The Bruins improved to 8-1 all-time against the Matadors ... Their previous season-high in 3-pointers made was eight against Monmouth in the season opener ... UCLA committed only seven turnovers for a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio
Cal State Northridge hosts Pepperdine on Dec. 5
UCLA hosts No. 1 Kentucky on Thursday
CSUN has allowed 31 three-pointers in its last three games, all losses. The Matadors surrendered 13 to Southern California and nine to Loyola Marymount before giving up nine against the Bruins.
''The problem is our sense of urgency,'' Theus said. ''It's freshmen not understanding the importance of guys that can shoot and staying within contact of those guys.''
Alford scored eight points to give him 956 in his career. He is 44 away from becoming the 52nd player in UCLA history with 1,000 career points.
|St. Francis Brooklyn||74||vs.||67||Hartford||Final Recap|
St. Francis Brooklyn overtakes Hartford in 74-67 win
Sunday, November 29 at 6:41 PM (EST)
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Yunus Hopkinson and Tyreek Jewell scored 20 points apiece to lift St. Francis Brooklyn to a 74-67 win over Hartford on Sunday.
Hopkinson hit 7 of 13 from the field and had four 3-pointers, including the go-ahead bucket late in the second half. Chris Hooper added 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Terriers (2-4) snap a three-game skid.
Trailing by nine early in the second half, St. Francis rallied with a 12-0 run - capped by Hopkinson's 3-pointer - to make it 58-55 with six minutes to play. Hartford stayed close, cutting the deficit to a point on three straight possessions but never regained the advantage.
Glenn Sanabria's 3 with 1:37 left ignited a 7-2 burst that stretched the St. Francis lead to 69-62 and the Terriers held on down the stretch.
Hartford (3-4) got 24 points from George Blagojevic and J.R. Lynch added 20.
|Boston College||45||vs.||62||Santa Clara||Final Recap|
Santa Clara overpowers Boston College in 62-45 win
By TOM CONNOLLY - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 11:01 PM (EST)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although Santa Clara's final game Sunday in the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy was only for seventh place, the Broncos were more than ready to notch their first victory of the season after dropping seven to start the year.
Nate Kratch posted a double-double - 12 points and 10 rebounds - and Kai Healy added 14 points as Santa Clara earned a 62-45 victory over Boston College.
''We wanted to be aggressive on offense and defense,'' said Kratch. ''We communicated better and pushed the ball up well into transition.''
''I'm proud and happy for our kids,'' said Broncos coach Kerry Keating. ''We've had a rough first month of the season, but I feel we're getting better.''
Santa Clara (1-7), which had lost its first two games of the tournament to Arizona and Evansville, shot 44 percent (22-50) and out-rebounded Boston College 39-34.
The Eagles, who had won its first three games of the season, dropped all three games in the holiday tourney and fell to 3-3.
Kratch, who was 6 of 7 from the field, has recorded double-digit rebound totals in three of the last four games. Healy made 4 of 8 shots and had 7 rebounds.
''We stayed positive and had better energy today and didn't worry about the past,'' Kratch added. ''We came with a workers mentality and focused on fundamentals.''
Neither team was able to create separation until Santa Clara made a late first half charge.
With the score tied at 21 and 5:58 to play in the half, the Broncos went on a 12-0 run and built a 33-21 halftime lead.
The Broncos got a big lift from 6-11 freshmen forward Henrik Jadersten down the stretch in the first half. The Stockholm, Sweden native drilled back-to-back 3-pointers and added a pair of free throws propelling Santa Clara to a double-digit lead.
Jared Brownridge, who scored 63 points in the first two games of the tournament for the Broncos, was ice cold from the field. The junior guard made just 4 of 15 shots in the game and finished with 9 points.
Boston College misfired on their final 11 possessions of the first half, shot only 21 percent and missed 13 of 16 shots beyond the arc. The Eagles did not score in the final 5:58 of the half and were outrebounded 23-19 in the opening 20 minutes.
''We had three guys (Kratch, Jadersten and Healy) step up and produce for us today and they were a major factor in the game,'' said Keating.
Healy led the Broncos with 10 points in the first half and Jadersten added 8.
Eli Carter led the Eagles with 16 points. A.J. Turner and Dennis Clifford each added 10 points apiece for Boston College.
The Broncos extended its lead to as many as 25 points in the second half and were never threatened.
Boston College shot 28 percent (17-60) in the game, making just 4 of 26 from 3-point range (15.4 percent).
''We'll go to go home and get better,'' said Eagles coach Jim Christian. ''The bad thing about these tournaments is if you're playing bad you don't have a lot of time to fix it.
''It's mental glitches but it's still early in the season. It was a disappointing tournament for us. ''
Boston College: The Eagles lost games one and two in the tournament to Michigan State and UC Irvine.
Santa Clara: The Broncos lost their first two games of the tournament to Arizona and Evansville.
LIGHTING IT UP
Broncos guard Jared Brownridge's 44 points against Arizona on Thanksgiving is the highest single game point total by a player this season in the NCAA. It was Brownridge's fourth time in his career that he scored 30 or more points in a game. His previous high was 38 points against Pepperdine on March 1, 2014.
YOUNGSTERS LEADING THE WAY
Ten of the 15 players on Boston College's roster are freshmen and have accounted for 62 percent of the Eagles scoring thus far.
MIXING IT UP
Entering Sunday's game the Broncos have used 5 different starting lineups.
LONG TIME NO SEE
Sunday's contest was only the second time the two schools have met. The Eagles won the first meeting in December of 1991.
Boston College will host Penn State on Wednesday.
Santa Clara plays San Jose State next Saturday at home.
No. 23 Xavier beats Dayton 90-61 for AdvoCare title
By MARK DIDTLER - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 7:46 PM (EST)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Xavier turned an impressive second-half surge into a championship.
Edmond Sumner had 14 points to help No. 23 Xavier beat Dayton 90-61 on Sunday night in the AdvoCare Invitational title game.
''It was our day today,'' Xavier coach Chris Mack said.
Trevon Bluiett and Myles Davis had 12 points apiece, and J.P. Macura, Jalen Reynolds and Remy Abel each had 11 for Xavier (7-0).
''This is a great feeling right now, especially getting it against an in-town rival,'' Davis said. ''Our guys came out strong. Dayton is a really good team so we knew we had hands full. This wasn't an easy win whatsoever, but we're just a hungry team. It was so fun out there.''
Xavier broke open an eight-point halftime advantage by outscoring Dayton 25-4 during the opening 8 minutes of the second half.
Kendall Pollard led Dayton (5-1) with 15 points, and Scoochie Smith had 13.
''For our guys, it's a learning experience,'' Dayton coach Archie Miller said. ''Haven't sat in a locker room like that for a long time.''
James Farr had three straight baskets before Bluiett's layup put Xavier up 57-39 with 14:42 to go. Farr had eight points.
The Musketeers lead grew to 68-39 over the next 3 minutes on 3s by Davis, Abell and Bluiett, and Sean O'Mara's rebound basket.
''They ripped through the tournament,'' Miller said of Xavier. ''They're going to be a contender for a lot of things.''
Sumner had 10 points as Xavier, which led by as many as 13, took a 43-35 halftime advantage.
Pollard scored 11 points for Dayton during a foul-filled opening half that saw both teams pick up 14 fouls. He went 7 for 12 from the foul line.
Dayton leads the series with Xavier 85-76. However, Xavier has won 15 of the last 20 meetings.
Xavier: The Musketeers reached the title game by beating Alabama 64-45 and USC 87-77. ... This is Xavier's first holiday tourney championship since the 2008 Puerto Rico Tipoff. ... The 7-0 start is the second best under Mack. The Musketeers started 2011-12 at 8-0.
Dayton: The Flyers earlier in the invitational beat Iowa 82-77 and Monmouth 73-70. ... Dayton came up short in its bid to start a season with six consecutive wins for the first time since 2008-09.
The overall tournament attendance of 24,842 set a record. The old mark of 24,267 came in 2008.
The field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational will be Iowa State, Gonzaga, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Indiana State, Seton Hall, Stanford and Quinnipiac. The event will run from Nov. 24-27.
Xavier: Hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Dayton: Returns home to face North Florida on Saturday.
Temple wins home opener over Delaware 69-50
Sunday, November 29 at 7:18 PM (EST)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Obi Enechionyia scored 16 points and Temple took a 69-50 victory over Delaware on Sunday.
Enechionyia was 6 of 8 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Jaylen Bond added 11 points and Quenton DeCosey 10.
Three consecutive 3-pointers by Enechionyia put Temple up 56-41 with 9:49 left. Delaware didn't get closer than 10 points.
Temple ended the first half on a 14-2 run to lead 37-25 at the break.
Temple scored 14 points off 11 turnovers while not giving up any points on five miscues. The Owls also had a 21-4 advantage in bench points.
The Owls (2-3) won their home opener. All three of their losses came against Top 25 teams. Temple is 40-6 against Delaware and has won the last 20 meetings.
Cazmon Hayes led the Blue Hens (2-2) with 17 points. Marvin King-Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double this season.
|Ave Maria||34||vs.||91||FGCU||Final Recap|
Florida Gulf Coast routs NAIA Ave Maria 91-34
Sunday, November 29 at 7:16 PM (EST)
FORT MEYERS, Fla. (AP) Christian Terrell scored a career-high 24 points and Florida Gulf Coast routed NAIA Ave Maria 91-34 on Sunday night.
Terrell was 9 of 15 from the field with four 3-pointers. Marc Eddy Norelia added 14 points with three assists for Florida Gulf Coast (4-3), which snapped a two-game losing skid and bounced back after losing at Florida, 70-50 on Nov. 27.
Florida Gulf Coast scored its most points since beating Youngstown State 104-101 in triple overtime on Nov. 21. The Eagles beat Texas Wesleyan 85-62 in regulation on Nov. 16.
Martez Harris scored seven points to lead Ave Maria, which has played five of its six games on the road.
The Gyrenes have lost all six of their games, including three to D-II schools and the exhibition to Florida Gulf Coast, by an average of 33 points and have scored no more than 60 points in each.
|UT Arlington||92||vs.||74||Rice||Final Recap|
Hervey, Neal lead Texas-Arlington over Rice 92-74
Sunday, November 29 at 8:12 PM (EST)
HOUSTON (AP) Kevin Hervey and Erick Neal both recorded career-highs - with 27 and 24 points respectively - and Texas-Arlington topped Rice 92-74 on Sunday.
Hervey tied a career high with 15 rebounds while Neal was a perfect 9 of 9 from the floor and had six assists. Drew Charles finished with 17 points with four 3-pointers.
Egor Koulechov scored a career-high 28 points with eight rebounds to pace Rice (2-5). Marcus Evans had 12 points and Max Guercy added 10 points with eight assists.
Texas-Arlington (5-1) got a 3 from Charles early to lead 18-8. Rice got within three on a layup by Koulechov with 7:21 in the first, but the Mavericks scored the next eight points - including a pair of 3-pointers by Neal - and led 51-38 at intermission.
An 8-0 spurt midway through the second half, including a 3 by Hervey, pushed the lead to 18 and Texas-Arlington cruised from there.
|Bakersfield||59||vs.||94||Saint Mary's||Final Recap|
Saint Mary's coasts to 94-59 win over Cal State Bakersfield
Sunday, November 29 at 11:48 PM (EST)
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Emmett Naar scored 17 points and dished out seven assists to help propel undefeated Saint Mary's to a 94-59 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday night.
Evan Fitzner added 16 points and nine rebounds, Jock Landale scored 14 and Joe Rahon had 11 and eight assists for Saint Mary's (4-0), which hit 61 percent of its 57 shots from the field, including 11 of 22 from long range.
The Gaels opened strong, scoring 10 of the first 12 points and never trailed in the game. Calvin Hermanson, who finished with 10 points, sank a layup midway through the first half to make it 18-7 and the margin never tightened below double figures the rest of the way.
Saint Mary's has won all four of its games this season by an average of 25.5 points.
Damiyne Durham led Bakersfield (3-2) with 14 points and Dedrick Basile had 10.
|Pacific||71||vs.||79||Sacramento State||Final Recap|
Graves scores 19, leads Sacramento State past Pacific, 79-71
Sunday, November 29 at 11:25 PM (EST)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Marcus Graves scored 19 points, Cody Demps added 17 and Sacramento held off Pacific, 79-71 Sunday night in the second day of the Sacramento State Invitational.
The game was the first meeting between the schools since 2009.
The Hornets (5-1) bounced back after losing their first game of the season, falling to South Dakota, 96-90 in the opening game of the tournament. Pacific lost both of its tourney games, falling to Eastern Washington Saturday, 70-63.
Graves was 7 of 13 from the field while dishing off a half-dozen assists for the Hornets. Demps was 7 of 15, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Sacramento State shot 50 percent (28 of 56) and was 8 of 19 from deep.
Pacific (1-5) was led by T.J. Wallace with 19 points. D.J. Ursery added 13 points and Jacob Lampkin 12.
The Tigers shot 25 of 55 from the field (45.5 percent).
|Western Michigan||65||vs.||68||Mercer||Final Recap|
Mercer beats Western Michigan for 3rd victory in Music City
Sunday, November 29 at 9:12 PM (EST)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Stephon Jelks scored 14 points and Phillip Leonard made 3 of 4 free throws in final 35 seconds to help Mercer beat Western Michigan 68-65 on Sunday night for its third straight victory in the Challenge at Music City.
Western Michigan's Tucker Haymond hit 1 of 2 free throws and, after a Mercer miss, Jared Klein made a layup to pull to 64-62 with 34 seconds left. Mercer went 3 of 4 from the line on its next two possessions and Klein hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to make it 67-65.
Leonard then went 1 of 2 from the line and Haymond's 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.
Jordan Strawberry and Leonard added 10 points apiece for Mercer (6-1), which is off to its best start in over 30 years.
Klein sank five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points for Western Michigan (3-4).
|Texas-Permian Basin||90||vs.||85||UTSA||Final Recap|
Texas-Permian Basin edges UTSA 90-85
Sunday, November 29 at 10:50 PM (EST)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Gary Akbar scored 20 points, Billy Dee Williams added 16 more and Division II Texas-Permian Basin held off Texas-San Antonio for a 90-85 win Sunday night.
Johnnie Lacy pumped in four 3-pointers and Tramique Sutherland had 10 points, including a pair of free throws and a layup in the final 27 seconds to cement the win. Permian Basin lost the rebounding battle 44-28 but took control from behind the arc, hitting 12 of 32 while holding UTSA to just 4 of 15.
The Falcons carried a 40-35 advantage into the break but UTSA (1-6) closed an 11-point gap in the second half with a 3-pointer from J.R. Harris to cap a 14-3 run and tie the game at 78 with 4:08 left. UTSA tied it again at 80 before the Falcons reclaimed the lead for good.
Ryan Bowie led UTSA with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
|Wiley||67||vs.||66||Sam Houston State||Final Recap|
NAIA Wiley upsets Sam Houston St., 67-66 on a late layup
Sunday, November 29 at 10:50 PM (EST)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Kevondric Davis scored nine of his 26 points in the final two and a half minutes and Patrick Banks got to the rim for a layup with two seconds left in the game to earn NAIA Wiley College an upset win over Sam Houston State, 67-66 Sunday night.
Down by eight with 2:30 left, Davis converted a four-point play, knocked down another 3-pointer and tipped in a rebound to give the Wildcats a 65-64 lead. Albert Almanza hit a pair of free throws with :09 left to put Sam Houston (2-4) back in front before Banks scored the game winner.
Davis connected on 9 of 13 from the field and knocked down 7 of his 8 3-point attempts for the NAIA school from Marshall, Texas. The Wildcats were 22 of 49 from the field (44.9 percent) and 8 of 13 from long range.
Almanza led the Bearkats with 15 points.
|Alabama||74||vs.||73||Notre Dame||Final Recap|
Alabama upsets No. 17 Notre Dame 74-73
By MARK DIDTLER - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 10:35 PM (EST)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Alabama got another big win over a ranked opponent.
Retin Obasohan scored 19 points, including the winning layup with 8 seconds left, in Alabama's 74-73 upset win over No. 17 Notre Dame in the fifth-place game at the AdvoCare Invitational on Sunday night.
''Retin had it going for us tonight,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ''We came into the game trying to make a concerted effort to get him going offensively.''
This was the third consecutive game against a Top 25 team for the Crimson Tide. They earlier lost in the invitational to No. 23 Xavier 64-45 before beating No. 20 Wichita State 64-60.
''That's what I take away, that this team can handle some adversity, and we had a bit of it tonight,'' Johnson said. ''Fortunately the ball bounced our way.''
Notre Dame had a chance to win it with 2 seconds remaining, but Demetrius Jackson's layup was off the mark.
Shannon Hale also had 19 points for Alabama (4-2).
Notre Dame (4-2) got 18 points from Steve Vasturia. Jackson and Zach Auguste had 16 apiece.
A tight game through much of the second half, Notre Dame held a 73-72 lead with 1:29 to play, but Auguste missed two free throws with 28.6 seconds left. Auguste had five points during a 14-7 run to open the second half that put Notre Dame up 53-50.
''Growing pains,'' Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. ''We did a lot of good things, I think, against a good team. I'm disappointed we couldn't get a stop to win the game. That scenario we'll have to be better or we're going to have many disappointments like this.''
Arthur Edwards had 15 points and made all six of his shots - including three 3s - in the first half. The Crimson Tide lead by as many as 13 during the opening half and went into halftime up 43-39. Edwards was scoreless in the second half.
''They kept coming at us,'' Brey said.
Vasturia scored 12 and V.J. Beachem added 11 in the first half to keep the Fighting Irish close.
''I always tell my team it's a game of cycles,'' Johnson said. ''You've got handle the highs and the lows.''
Alabama: It is the first time Alabama has played three consecutive ranked teams in nonconference play since the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish lost their first game of the tourney 70-68 to Monmouth. They reached the fifth-place game by beating Iowa 68-62.
Alabama outscored Notre Dame 44-30 in the paint. ... The Fighting Irish went 16 of 23 from the free-throw line, including 10 of 15 during the second half.
Alabama plays Friday at Southern Miss.
Notre Dame has a road game Wednesday against Illinois as part of the Big 10/ACC Challenge.
|Michigan State||77||vs.||64||Providence||Final Recap|
No. 3 Michigan State beats Providence to win Wooden Legacy
By BETH HARRIS - AP Sports Writer
Monday, November 30 at 1:18 AM (EST)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Tom Izzo is no fan of college basketball's new rules that sidelined the two best players from each team in the championship game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy.
Michigan State's Denzel Valentine picked up his third foul early in the second half and Providence's Kris Dunn earned his fourth with 8 minutes remaining Sunday night. In all, three Spartans had three fouls each and the Friars had five players with four apiece.
''I don't think it's fun to have these guys sitting. I don't think it makes our game as good,'' said the Michigan State coach, who is at 503 career victories after the third-ranked Spartans beat the Friars 77-64 Sunday night.
''There is a difference between freedom of movement and touching a guy 30 feet from the basket. If you're impeding progress, that is a foul,'' Izzo said. ''It's not the officials' fault. They're scared to death. That's the way they're mandated to call it.''
The Spartans were called for 18 fouls and the Friars for 23 in a slow-down game that had none of the high scoring of Michigan State's earlier wins in the event. The Spartans were 18 of 26 from the free-throw line while the Friars were just 8 of 12.
''The officials didn't see what I saw,'' Friars coach Ed Cooley said. ''This is the least amount of free throws we've shot since I've been a head coach. We're taking the flow of the game away. I don't agree with it. ''
With Valentine struggling, Bryn Forbes scored 18 points and Deyonta Davis had six of his 12 points in a game-ending spurt for the Spartans. Valentine added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists to earn most outstanding player honors, and Eron Harris had 12 points for the Spartans (7-0). They beat Boston College by 31 points in their opener and Boise State by 10 on their way to wrapping up the title.
''I got a little bit out of rhythm with the first foul,'' Valentine said. ''Credit to my guys. They stepped up and played big in a championship game. It might be like this down the road. I might be in foul trouble and I may not play well and guys have to step up.''
Dunn had 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists and Ben Bentil had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Friars (6-1). They defeated Evansville by 10 points and No. 11 Arizona by four in the three-day event.
Davis' basket tied the game for the last time at 57-all and launched the Spartans on a 21-7 run to end the game after they trailed most of the second half.
During Michigan State's run, Junior Lomomba hit a 3-pointer that would have given the Friars a 1-point lead, but the officials ruled it was no good after a video review, saying the shot clock had expired.
Dunn's 3-pointer pulled the Friars to 64-60 with 2:47 left, but they got no closer.
''I'm very proud of how our young guys were gritty. They were tough,'' Cooley said. ''We can't let this one game define the kind of season we want to have.''
It tied Michigan State's lowest scoring game of the season so far and the second-lowest for Providence.
Valentine had a stellar three days out West. He had his second-career triple-double in the first round and then scored a career-high 32 points against Boise State.
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half, and Davis dunked to put the Spartans ahead 34-32 at the break. There were five ties and six lead changes as both teams found success shooting from the perimeter early before going inside.
Providence: The Friars shot 50 percent in the first half. ... They fell to 0-4 all-time against the Spartans. ... Clippers star Chris Paul and his young son attended. The elder Paul spent halftime posing with fans.
MSU: Magic Johnson was on hand to watch his alma mater. ... Tum Tum Nairn Jr.'s jersey was misspelled as ''Narin.''... The Spartans have out-rebounded all of their opponents so far and had a 35-28 edge against the Friars.
Providence is the first Michigan State opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field. The Friars were at that mark in the first half before dipping to 44 percent in the second half.
Providence: Hosts Hartford on Wednesday.
MSU: Hosts Louisville on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
|Monday, November 30, 2015|
|National Football League|
|Ravens||vs.||Browns||8:30 (EST) Preview|
By SCOTT GARBARINI - STATS Writer
Wednesday, November 25 at 7:06 PM (EST)
The party may be over for Johnny Manziel.
Following his latest off-field misstep, the controversial quarterback will watch from the sideline Monday night when the Cleveland Browns host an injury-riddled Baltimore Ravens team playing its first game in eight years without Joe Flacco.
Though this late-November AFC North showdown likely won't have much bearing on the playoff race, it certainly won't lack for drama after Manziel was relegated to third string for partying during the Browns' bye week and Flacco tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee near the end of last week's 16-13 win over St. Louis.
After reportedly promising coach Mike Pettine he would act on his best behavior over the bye, Manziel was caught on video reciting profane rap lyrics while holding a bottle of champagne at a club in his native Texas. Citing a breach of trust, Pettine announced Tuesday that the former Heisman Trophy winner would be behind Josh McCown and Austin Davis on the depth chart.
''It's the trust, the accountability part of it,'' Pettine said. ''It was right on the heels of discussions that not just I had with him but (quarterbacks coach) Kevin O'Connell and (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) Flip and just that trust was violated. I can't emphasize the importance of the trust and the accountability piece. This is where we had an obvious shortcoming.''
Though Pettine indicated the move isn't permanent, Manziel's series of off-field incidents - which include a domestic dispute with his girlfriend last month that the NFL recently cleared of any wrongdoing - has led to wide speculation about the 2014 first-round pick's future with the organization.
The demotion occurred a week after Pettine had named Manziel the starter for the remainder of the season and publicly praised him for his performance in Cleveland's 30-9 Week 10 loss at Pittsburgh, where Manziel threw for a career-high 372 yards.
In contrast to its division rival, Baltimore (3-7) has been a model of stability at quarterback during a largely successful eight-year run under Flacco and coach John Harbaugh. Flacco had started all 137 games including the playoffs over that span, a streak that will end after he was struck in the knee during the final minute of last week's victory.
''I'm really proud of the fact that I was able to go that long," Flacco said. "I wanted to go my whole career without missing anything. It's just the nature of the game. It happens. I just have to go out there, rehab, get back and be stronger.''
Veteran Matt Schaub takes over, becoming the first Raven other than Flacco to start at quarterback since Troy Smith in the 2007 finale.
Schaub makes his first start since Week 17 of the 2013 season while with Houston. The 34-year-old is 46-44 as a starter, though he's lost his last six.
Though just two games out of a playoff spot, Baltimore's chances of a seventh postseason appearance in eight years appear slim due to a litany of injuries that includes season-ending ones to wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. and rookie Breshad Perriman and top pass rusher Terrell Suggs.
Another was added to the list when leading rusher Justin Forsett fractured his right forearm against St. Louis.
"We'll rally behind Matt. We'll rally behind the rest of our running backs, because we're a football team," Harbaugh said. "We are a team, and that's how we approach it."
For McCown, it's an opportunity to reclaim the No. 1 job he lost to Manziel after missing the last two games with a rib injury and replicate one of his best outings. The 12th-year journeyman amassed a career-high 457 yards and threw two touchdowns in leading Cleveland (2-8) to its most recent victory, a 33-30 overtime triumph in Baltimore on Oct. 11.
Cleveland has since lost five straight and is averaging 11.3 points and 293.3 total yards over the last four.
The loss was only the Ravens' second in 15 meetings with the Browns under Harbaugh. Cleveland last swept the season series in 2007, Brian Billick's final year as Baltimore's coach.
The Ravens rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns in the teams' previous matchup, with Forsett gaining 121 on 21 carries. Rookie Javorius Allen, who had 67 yards on 22 attempts against St. Louis, will be the new lead back and faces a Cleveland defense allowing a league-worst 138.8 yards per game on the ground.
Browns tight end Gary Barnidge set career highs of eight receptions and 139 yards in the Week 5 win and has seven touchdown catches over the last eight games.
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
|National Football League|
Chiefs hold off Bills 30-22 for fifth straight win
By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 5:35 PM (EST)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs kept ignoring questions about the playoffs all week, even though Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills really was a matchup of wildcard contenders.
It's going to be harder to ignore the postseason chatter now.
Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Spencer Ware ran for 114 yards and another score, and the Chiefs beat the Bills 30-22 for their fifth straight victory - one that solidifies their spot in the playoff chase with five games left in the regular season.
''We're not really worried about all that,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. ''We just got over .500, think about that. All that stuff, if you keep knocking out the fundamentals and techniques, you don't worry about that other stuff.''
One thing they don't have to worry about? The head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bills.
''We made it tough on ourselves,'' Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said, ''but we've just got to take it week by week, day by day. Maintain a hungry attitude.''
Jeremy Maclin had nine receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City (6-5). Travis Kelce also caught a touchdown pass, while Cairo Santos hit three field goals.
The Bills (5-6) had a chance for a tying touchdown Sunday when they took over at their own 10 with 3:25 left. But after picking up a quick first down, Taylor was knocked out of bounds short of the marker on fourth-and-9 with 2:16 left, allowing the Chiefs to put the game away.
Taylor had 291 yards passing and three touchdowns, but he was mostly held in check in the second half. So was Sammie Watkins, who had all six catches for 158 yards and his two touchdowns over the first 30 minutes.
''We didn't get the job done,'' Watkins said. ''We've got to put the nail in the coffin when we play great teams like this. You give them a chance and let them live, they start making plays - their defense starts making plays. We've got to put them away.''
Both teams sustained a rash of injuries as rain lashed Arrowhead Stadium all afternoon.
All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston was tripped by his Chiefs teammate in the first half and did not return with a knee injury. Left tackle Eric Fisher hurt his neck while center Mitch Morse sustained a concussion, and neither made it back onto the field.
Reid said the extent of all of them would not be known until Monday.
Bills running back Karlos Williams hurt his shoulder, while defensive lineman Alex Carrington - starting with Mario Williams and Kyle Williams out - was carted off with a right knee injury.
The first half amounted to a showcase for Taylor and Watkins.
They connected for a 48-yard reception on the game's opening drive to set up Dan Carpenter's 27-yard field goal. Then, two series later, Watkins ran away from coverage for a 28-yard touchdown reception that gave Buffalo a 10-0 lead.
Watkins added a 33-yard reception later in the first half, shucking Chiefs safety Ron Parker in the process, to set up his own 21-yard touchdown reception over Sean Smith's flailing arms.
''Hey,'' Smith said, ''those guys get paid, too.''
The Chiefs answered by airing it out themselves.
Alex Smith hit Maclin for 37 yards early in the second quarter to set up Ware's short TD run, and then found Maclin for a 41-yard touchdown reception to get within 16-14 at the half.
He beat Bills cornerback Ronald Darby, who just returned after undergoing concussion tests.
Kansas City took its first lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kelce early in the second half, and Santos knocked through a 49-yard field goal to make it 24-16, before Taylor answered for Buffalo with a short touchdown pass to LeSean McCoy later in the third quarter.
Santos kicked his second field goal early in the fourth, then capped a 13-play drive that took 6 minutes, 31 seconds with a 37-yarder with 3:30 left that helped put the game away.
''It was a huge game,'' Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. ''We knew this was going to be an old-school fight, an in-the-back-alley-type deal. We came ready to play.''
NOTES: McCoy had 70 yards rushing and 31 yards receiving for the Bills to surpass 10,000 yards from scrimmage for his career. ... Kansas City honored Hall of Fame offensive lineman Will Shields during halftime. ... Taylor had 151 yards passing in the first quarter. ... Alex Smith has now thrown 283 passes without an interception.
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Carr throws TD with 1:21 left as Raiders edge Titans 24-21
By TERESA M. WALKER - AP Pro Football Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 5:48 PM (EST)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Oakland Raiders found a way to pull out a win on a wet, sloppy day. A quarterback with a little bit of experience certainly helped.
Along with a very timely flag.
Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left after Oakland appeared to turn it over on downs, and the Raiders stopped a three-game skid by edging the Tennessee Titans 24-21 Sunday.
The Raiders (5-6) blew a 17-6 lead in the third quarter but recovered in time to snap a three-game skid to the Titans, winning for just the second time in seven trips to Tennessee.
''I'm really proud of the way they guys stayed in it,'' Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said. ''It was tough. There was a reason to be discouraged. You're in control of the game, you fumble it and all of a sudden they go down and get a score. And it's `Oh my gosh, what are we going to do?' Well, we're going to go down there and find a way to get it in there and get a score.''
The Titans (2-9) lost for the ninth time in 10 games after rallying to take a 21-17 lead. They thought they had a game-saving play when safety Michael Griffin broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down.
But officials flagged B.W. Webb for holding on the other side of the field.
Del Rio said rookie Amari Cooper was held. Webb tried to find the official, saying later he never held the receiver. Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said he had no idea where the flag came from and did not agree with the penalty.
''The one call is the call, it changes the game, changes the outcome of the game,'' Mularkey said. ''It's frustrating, very frustrating.''
Carr said he started yelling instantly about the flag. Two plays later, Carr hit Roberts for the winning touchdown. He finished with 330 yards and three TDs in his sixth 300-yard passing game this season.
''We get another chance, and we go win it,'' Carr said. ''Finally, we won today and it just feels good.''
Nate Allen ended the Titans' last chance by intercepting rookie Marcus Mariota with 43 seconds left. Mariota took the blame for not looking elsewhere.
''I'll find ways to get better and help our team win some games,'' he said.
Roberts finished with six catches for 113 yards and two TDs, and Cooper had seven receptions for 115 yards. Khalil Mack had two sacks for the Raiders, who outgained Tennessee 407-249 and held the ball for nearly 35 minutes.
The Titans now have lost 11 straight on their home field and are tied for the third-worst home skid. Mariota threw for 218 yards and three TDs, but he was intercepted twice, with the last one coming with no receiver in the area.
Oakland's mistakes helped Tennessee turn a game where the Raiders had been cruising into a frantic finish.
The Raiders were flagged 11 times for 94 yards, with two of those penalties keeping Tennessee TD drives alive, and Carr himself set up the Titans' go-ahead TD by fumbling a snap. Defensive end DaQuan Jones fell on the ball for the Titans, and Mariota threw a 1-yard TD pass to Jalston Fowler to make it 21-17 with 4:41 left.
Carr briefly left after taking a shot from Jones on the opening series of the game. But the second-year quarterback returned in time to throw for 187 yards and a touchdown by halftime and Oakland led 10-6 at the break.
NOTES: Carr joined Rich Gannon (10 in 2002) and Carson Palmer (six in 2012) as the only Raiders quarterbacks with six or more 300-yard passing games in a season. ... Denico Autry blocked Ryan Succop's first extra-point try for the first miss by the Titans since 2006 and the first missed extra point in Succop's career. The Titans kicker had been perfect on his first 205 attempts, including all 18 this season. ... Crabtree now has a TD catch in five of his past six games. ... Oakland is 4-0 when being flagged for 10 or more penalties.
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Texans top Saints 24-6 for 4th consecutive win
By KRISTIE RIEKEN - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 6:10 PM (EST)
HOUSTON (AP) For the first time in a decade, the New Orleans Saints finished a game without scoring a touchdown.
Credit J.J. Watt and a continually improving Houston Texans defense for that.
Houston's offense got off to a fast start for a change and the defense did the rest to help the Texans cruise to a 24-6 win over the Saints on Sunday.
New Orleans (4-7) dropped its third straight on a day when the team didn't score a touchdown for the first time since 2005, snapping a streak of 155 games and Drew Brees' streak of games with a touchdown pass ended at 45.
The last time the Saints didn't score a touchdown was Dec. 24, 2005 against Detroit and Brees' last game without a touchdown pass came on Nov. 29, 2012 against Atlanta. His streak was the fifth-longest in NFL history.
''That's a long time,'' Watt said. ''That's a very high-powered offense with a very good quarterback and very good coaching staff ... so it's everybody doing their job. Everybody up front, on the back end executing their assignment, knowing what they're supposed to do and doing it very well.''
Watt had seven quarterback hits and two sacks to push his NFL lead to 13 1/2. He would have had another, but Brees threw the ball into the turf as Watt wrapped him up and was penalized for intentional grounding in the second quarter.
''There were a number of losses that frustrate me,'' New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. ''This was not the most frustrating ever (but) it's disappointing to lose a game like that, and it's definitely disappointing not to score a touchdown.''
Brian Hoyer, who finished with two touchdowns, went 7 for 7 on the opening drive. He capped it with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Griffin to give Houston a score on the opening possession for the first time this season.
The Texans (6-5) have won four in a row for the first time since winning six straight in 2012 and remain tied with Indianapolis for first place in the AFC South. The string of wins came after they were embarrassed in a 44-26 loss at Miami.
''We just had enough of playing like that,'' linebacker Brian Cushing said. ''We started simplifying things and playing hard. Just had a bad taste in or mouth from a couple of those games and just internally promised each other it wouldn't happen again.''
Brees was 25 of 44 for 228 yards. The Saints converted just 3 of 12 third down attempts.
''You get in third and long against these guys, you are asking for trouble because obviously they dial up the pass rush,'' Brees said.
It was the first game since defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired and replaced by Dennis Allen. But the change didn't lead to better results and the Saints gave up several big plays.
Hoyer was 21 of 27 with an interception in his return after missing last week's game with a concussion.
An 8-yard touchdown run by Alfred Blue extended Houston's lead to 21-6 in the third. Griffin grabbed a short pass in the middle of the field and dashed for a 37-yard gain on that drive.
Kareem Jackson, who returned after missing four games with an ankle injury, intercepted Brees at the goal line in the third quarter and returned it 50 yards. He might have gone all the way, but Jadeveon Clowney, who was downfield blocking, got in his way, allowing the defense to catch up and bring him down.
''I didn't know if I was going to block back or block in front,'' Clowney said. ''They were closing in on me real fast ... I was stuck.''
The Texans pushed the lead to 14-0 when Hoyer threw a shovel pass to Cecil Shorts for a touchdown on Houston's second drive.
Hoyer completed his first 11 passes before he was intercepted by Jairus Byrd. But the Saints couldn't move the ball and had to punt.
The Saints cut the lead to 14-3 on a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter. New Orleans trailed 14-6 at halftime after a career-long 57-yard field goal by Kai Forbath.
NOTES: New Orleans WR Marques Colston finished with three receptions for 38 yards to give him 702 receptions in his career. ... Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins caught a pass in his 43rd straight game and finished with five receptions for 36 yards.
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Hasselbeck, Vinatieri lead Colts past Buccaneers 25-12
By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 6:19 PM (EST)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indy's golden oldies keep producing hits.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 315 yards and two more touchdowns, and Adam Vinatieri made four more field goals. The throwback Sunday even included another crucial leaping penalty against Tampa Bay.
The 40-year-old Hasselbeck improved to 4-0 as a starter this season by topping the 300-yard mark for the first time in four years, and the Indianapolis Colts beat the Buccaneers 25-12 to remain on top of the AFC South.
''They're great leaders, great competitors and they love coming to work every single day,'' coach Chuck Pagano said. ''I'm sure when it becomes work, they'll hang up the cleats.''
Don't expect that to happen anytime soon.
Hasselbeck has been playing with the efficiency of a quarterback half his age - and he proved it in Indy's third consecutive win.
In the first matchup between the oldest and youngest starting quarterbacks in the NFL since December 2010, according to STATS, Hasselbeck easily outplayed Jameis Winston.
Hasselbeck finished 26 of 42 with no turnovers. He had a 100.8 rating and joined Brett Favre and Warren Moon as the only 40-year-old quarterbacks during the Super Bowl era to win four consecutive starts.
Winston was 20 of 36 for 245 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a rating of 74.4. The rookie also was sacked five times.
Hasselbeck kept the Colts poised and in control - even after they settled for field goals on their first three scores.
''He's not playing like he's 40,'' said T.Y. Hilton, who caught six passes for 95 yards and two TDs. ''He's out there having fun, making sure guys are in the right spot and letting us make plays. He's fired up and wants to make sure guys are in the right spot so he can make plays.''
The 42-year-old Vinatieri connected from 49, 27 and 26 yards before adding a 44-yarder after Indy (6-5) took the lead for good late in the third quarter. He has made 16 consecutive field goals since missing his first two attempts this season.
Tampa Bay (5-6) was shut out in the second half after carrying a 12-6 lead into the break.
''It just wasn't our day today,'' Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. ''Today, we didn't play well.''
They hurt themselves, too.
A 56-yard run from Doug Martin set up Tampa's only touchdown, a 20-yard pass from Winston to Cameron Brate that made it 12-6 with 1:54 left in the second quarter. Martin finished with 14 carries for 97 yards.
The Bucs' defense forced only two punts in the first 55 minutes, and even when it appeared it could change course, Tampa failed.
A potential touchdown pass on third down slipped through the hands of Mike Evans on third-and-6, forcing the Bucs to attempt a 54-yard field goal. Connor Barth missed it to the left and Tampa Bay was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, which gave Indy the ball at the Tampa 41.
Seven plays later, Vinatieri made his fourth kick.
And then there was that leaping call.
Twelve years after that same penalty helped Indy pull off an incredible Monday night comeback in overtime at Tampa, the Colts took advantage of the same call again. This time, they pulled Vinatieri's field goal off the board and wound up getting the clinching 3-yard TD pass from Hasselbeck to Hilton with 5:53 left.
''They said we used one of our guys as a brace,'' Smith said. ''Good call.''
It was a nice finish to a strong day for Hasselbeck, who has done more than just fill in with Andrew Luck recovering from a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.
''We're just playing team football and I'm just trying not to screw it up,'' Hasselbeck said. ''That's all.''
NOTES: Martin's long run put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. ... Indianapolis' Donte Moncrief had eight catches for 114 yards. ... Bucs linebacker Bruce Carter left with a concussion. Smith declined to provide updates on any other injured players. ... Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman did not return after hurting his hamstring and running back Ahmad Bradshaw left with a wrist injury. ... Former Colts players Reggie Wayne and Gary Brackett watched the game together. Former Colts coach and broadcaster Ted Marchibroda also attended the game.
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Rivers' 4 TD passes help Chargers beat Jags 31-25, end skid
By MARK LONG - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 6:20 PM (EST)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The San Diego Chargers sure know how to end a six-game losing streak.
Just travel 2,000 miles to Jacksonville. It's worked twice in the last five years.
Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and the Chargers beat the Jaguars 31-25 on Sunday for their first victory in nearly two months.
Rivers and the Chargers (3-8) also ended a six-game skid in the River City in 2011.
''This was long overdue,'' Rivers said. ''It feels good. We leaned on each other a lot today. By no means does 3-8 sound wonderful, but winning today sure does.''
Rivers passed Joe Montana (273) and tied Vinny Testaverde (275) for 11th on the NFL's all-time passing touchdown list. He also became 17th in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards.
''You think about all the guys that protected you over the years, all the guys that made catches,'' Rivers said. ''It's definitely a collective kind of milestone. Every pass has to go to someone who has a hand in making it a completion. It's a lot of yards. I'm just glad that I've been able to be out there for 155 games in a row to reach something like that.''
Rivers completed 29 of 43 passes for 300 yards. He was sacked twice and had his left ankle checked in the locker room at halftime. But his four TDs were enough against the Jaguars (4-7), who failed to recover an onside kick in the closing minutes.
Jacksonville also had more red-zone troubles, scoring just once in four trips inside the 20-yard line.
Two of those drives ended with field goals after Blake Bortles scrambled on third down and threw passes beyond the line of scrimmage.
''That's kind of stupid,'' Bortles said. ''I don't know from a coach's perspective what you tell a guy that does that, `Quit being an idiot?' I don't know. I've never done that in my life, and I did it twice today.
''It's not really something you ever talk about with a coach. It's kind of a given. From the time you start playing football, you can't throw the ball forward past the line of scrimmage. Bad plays, tough ones to live with.''
The Chargers (3-8), meanwhile, found the end zone on all three red-zone possessions in the first half. Rivers hooked up with Dontrelle Inman from 2 yards out and then found Gates for a 9-yard score that put San Diego ahead 14-9.
Bortles threw his 13th interception of the season on the ensuing possession, and Rivers and Gates connected for a 12-yard score and a double-digit lead three plays later.
The Chargers made it hold - thanks to Rivers' fourth TD pass, which followed Bortles' 21-yard strike to Julius Thomas with about 11 minutes to play.
''How about No. 17?'' San Diego coach Mike McCoy said of Rivers. ''He's amazing. When you prepare the way he does and you get us in the end zone the way he does, give him so much credit. He's just remarkable.''
Rivers had some help. Johnson caught seven passes for 92 yards. Inman had five receptions for 65 yards. Gates hauled in four for 53 yards.
The Jaguars blocked a punt and scored with 1:21 remaining to make it close, but Jason Myers' onside kick was batted out of bounds.
With Houston and Indianapolis both winning, the Jags lost ground in the muddled AFC South.
Bortles completed 30 of 49 passes for 329 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
Thomas caught nine passes for 116 yards. Allen Robinson finished with 56 yards receiving and a score.
Fellow Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns left the field on a stretcher with 3:44 remaining and was later ruled out with a concussion. The team said Hurns had movement and feeling before being transported to a local hospital as a precaution. He was later released.
''I hate to see that happen to one of my teammates, especially to a guy that's been having a hell of a season,'' Thomas said. ''Our prayers are with him. I hope he's OK.''
Notes: Chargers have won five in a row in the series. ... Rivers now has 40,166 yards passing. ... Jaguars FS Josh Evans left the game with a concussion and did not return. ... Hurns has played in 27 consecutive games since making the team as an undrafted free agent from Miami.
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Fitzpatrick, Marshall lead Jets past Dolphins 38-20
By BARRY WILNER - AP Pro Football Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 6:20 PM (EST)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) A neater look sure suits Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The last time Fitzpatrick trimmed his beard, he threw six touchdown passes in leading Houston to victory in 2014. The recently shorn Fitzpatrick wasn't quite as prolific Sunday for the New York Jets, connecting for a mere four scores in a 38-20 rout of Miami.
It was Fitzpatrick's best performance since joining the Jets this year, and was punctuated by Brandon Marshall's most impressive outing in green. The receiver had nine receptions for 131 yards and two TDs.
Fitzpatrick, who cropped his Viking-like beard for his 33rd birthday this week, didn't seem bothered by the left thumb on which he had ligament surgery on March 13. He also connected with Devin Smith for the rookie's first NFL touchdown, and with Eric Decker in New York's fourth win in the last five meetings with Miami. The Jets (6-5) had lost four of their last five.
''It was just a little long,'' Fitzpatrick said with a smile. ''I miss it.''
Decker added, ''We'll pitch in for a weekly trim.'' And Marshall insisted that ''the beard should never come back.''
Fitzpatrick, making the 100th start of his 11-season career, said the Jets sensed the critical nature of this and every game remaining.
''We needed to right the ship,'' he said. ''This was an important one for us. That said, it makes next week's more important.''
That would be against the local rival Giants, who at 5-6 will be just as desperate.
''What you saw today was our potential, what we're capable of doing,'' Marshall said. ''Now the mission is to do it every play, every game and we'll see what happens.''
Chris Ivory clinched the win with a vintage 31-yard TD run on which he broke four tackles.
Miami (4-7) now has dropped four of five and is 3-4 under interim coach Dan Campbell, who took over after Joe Philbin was fired following the Dolphins' lopsided loss to the Jets in London.
''There's nothing I can say that's going to make that look better,'' Campbell said. ''We got whipped. We got whipped the first time and we got whipped the second time. Those are the facts.''
Ryan Tannehill threw TD passes to Jarvis Landry, Greg Jennings and DeVante Parker - like Smith, the first NFL TD for the rookie - in the second half when the Jets were well ahead.
New York took control in the opening half. Miami's best threat in the half ended in Tannehill's poorly thrown attempt to Kenny Stills. Marcus Williams, a backup cornerback who leads the Jets with five interceptions, stepped in front of Stills and returned the pick 21 yards.
Williams, starting for injured Darrelle Revis, sprained his knee on the play and did not return.
The pick set up New York's first touchdown. Marshall made receptions of 20 and 16 yards before beating Brent Grimes, Miami's best cover man, for a 17-yard score.
New York outdid that impressive 72-yard drive with a 92-yarder to end the first half. It was one of the Jets' best possessions of the season, capped by Smith's post pattern on which he got a step on Jamar Taylor.
Miami gained only 81 yards, 8 rushing, in the opening half, when it lost four players to injury: center Mike Pouncey (right foot), receiver Rishard Matthews (ribs/chest), defensive tackles Earl Mitchell (calf) and C.J. Mosley (calf). The Dolphins finished with 12 yards on nine rushes, the fewest yards on the ground any Jets team has allowed.
Fitzpatrick's third scoring throw, a 2-yarder to Decker, capped a short third-period drive of 25 yards set up Jeremy Kerley's weaving 58-yard punt return.
The Dolphins finally converted a third down deep in the third quarter - the Jets had stopped them on 20 in a row, including New York's victory at London in October. The conversion came as part of a touchdown drive sparked by Grimes' 28-yard punt return. A 40-yard completion to Landry led to Landry's 5-yard TD catch to make it 21-7.
But Marshall outjumped Grimes for a 2-yard score and Ivory bulled his way home to put things out of reach. The 38 points were a season high for the Jets.
NOTES: The Jets also had linebacker Calvin Pace leave with an abdominal injury. ... Ivory finished with 87 yards rushing. ... Landry got much of his career-high 165 yards receiving when the game was out of hand. He made 13 catches, also a career best. ... Fitzpatrick went 22 of 37, while Tannehill was 33 of 58 for 351 yards.
(Corrects London game to October)
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Redskins beat Giants 20-14 to pull into NFC East tie at 5-6
By HOWARD FENDRICH - AP Pro Football Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 6:13 PM (EST)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Jay Gruden's Washington Redskins have not won two games in a row all season. They followed a 33-point victory with a 28-point loss. They are 5-1 at home, 0-5 on the road. They tend to have a hard time running the ball - and stopping the run.
And yet, for all of their deficiencies and inconsistency, the Redskins are right there at the top of the NFC East.
Kirk Cousins connected with DeSean Jackson for a 63-yard touchdown pass and scored on a fourth-down quarterback sneak, Washington intercepted Eli Manning three times, and the Redskins withstood the latest miraculous catch by Odell Beckham Jr. to hold on and beat the New York Giants 20-14 Sunday, pulling into a tie for first place.
''We're just in the driver's seat right now,'' Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher said. ''We've just got to continue winning games and driving the car - right into the playoffs.''
New York trailed 20-0 before making things interesting as Manning threw fourth-quarter TD passes of 40 yards to Rueben Randle and 21 yards to Beckham, who took off from the 2 to make a fantastic diving grab, corralling the ball with his left hand while parallel to the ground.
''What can you say about that?'' Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said. ''That's not human.''
The Giants came in off their bye and with a chance to create space in the standings. Instead, they're 5-6, just like the Redskins, with five games remaining. The Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) and Dallas Cowboys (3-8), both routed on Thanksgiving Day, are the other members of the mediocre division.
''We `sleptwalked' - whatever the word is,'' Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
''We came out flat,'' he said. ''Too many mistakes.''
On a chilly, dreary day, New York's first two possessions ended when passes by Manning went in and out of receivers' hands and were picked off - first by linebacker Perry Riley Jr., then by cornerback Will Blackmon. And on the Giants' first drive of the second half, Manning's throw from the 4 was intercepted in the end zone by rookie Quinton Dunbar.
It was the 20th three-interception game of two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning's career; he had only six picks all season until Sunday. He wound up 26 for 51 for 321 yards; Beckham had nine catches for 142 yards.
New York's first 10 drives culminated in three turnovers and seven punts. On the team's 11th possession, Manning finally put some points on the board, hitting Randle. Then came Beckham's highlight-reel grab.
But it was too little, too late.
Washington led 17-0 at halftime, thanks in part to Cousins' 1-yard TD sneak with under 2 minutes to go that generated a full-throated chorus of ''Hail to the Redskins!'' As the teams headed to the locker rooms soon thereafter, fans gave a standing ovation, a rare salute to a club that has finished last in the NFC East in six of the past seven seasons.
''They done put up with a lot of stuff around here,'' Hatcher said.
Cousins was 20 for 29 for 302 yards, including the long TD to Jackson - who taunted the Giants by strutting along the goal line before actually crossing it.
''A spur-of-the-moment thing. I just felt like doing it,'' said Jackson, who returned punts for the first time this season. ''You never know what you get with me.''
Cousins' most important stat was probably this: zero interceptions. When the fourth-year QB avoids getting picked off this season, Washington is 5-0; when he throws at least one interception, the team is 0-6.
All part of what's been a wildly fluctuating Redskins team in Gruden's second year.
That's why safety Dashon Goldson said he organized a players'-only meeting Saturday.
''Everybody got stuff of their chest. How they were feeling. What they thought about the team and where we're at and what we need to do to progress,'' Goldson said. ''We're just so much up and down.''
For the moment, at least, they're on the upswing.
Notes: Giants G Geoff Schwartz fractured his lower left leg. ... The Redskins last had a five-game home winning streak during a single season in 1991.
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Andy Dalton's 3 TD passes lead Bengals over Rams 31-7
By JOE KAY - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 5:12 PM (EST)
CINCINNATI (AP) As the touchdown passes and interceptions piled up, it felt like a throwback game for the Bengals.
Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes - two of them to A.J. Green - and Cincinnati emerged from its brief skid with an effort reminiscent of its perfect first half of the season, beating the St. Louis Rams 31-7 on Sunday.
After dropping a pair of close prime-time games, the Bengals (9-2) were back in sync against a team that struggles to score and keep up. The 31 points equaled the second-most against St. Louis this season.
In addition to Dalton's three touchdowns, the Bengals had three interceptions, including one that Leon Hall returned for a touchdown.
''I felt like we played well in all phases of the game,'' Dalton said. ''It's good to get a win, and it's good to get a win the way we did.''
The Rams (4-7) have dropped four in a row, in large part because their offense ranks last in the league in passing. They switched quarterbacks last week, but Case Keenum got a head injury during a 16-13 loss in Baltimore and was limited in practice.
Nick Foles, who started the first nine games, returned. The most costly of his three interceptions came when he avoided the rush and floated a pass that Hall picked off and returned 19 yards for a touchdown.
''They're not always going to be like this, but it's nice to kind of control the game, especially the way we did,'' Dalton said.
The Bengals have limited opponents to 10 points or less in four of the last five games. They were coming off a 34-31 loss at Arizona that was their low point defensively this season.
''We need to stick to our identity,'' defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. ''Success is precious. You just have to stick to what you do.''
The longest winning streak in Bengals history ended with losses to Houston on Monday night and Arizona on Sunday night. Back at home in an afternoon game, Cincinnati settled down and pulled away.
Dalton was 20 of 27 for 233 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 9 and 18 yards to Green, who hadn't caught two in a game since the third week of the season in Baltimore. Tyler Eifert also had a 22-yarder, giving him the league lead with 12 TD catches.
Jeremy Hill ran for a season-high 86 yards. He limped off the field in the fourth quarter and got his left ankle taped.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher intended to stay with Keenum if he was healthy, but the quarterback didn't have a full practice last week. Foles went 30 of 46 for 228 yards. He has seven touchdowns and nine interceptions this season.
The Rams' best play came when running back Todd Gurley took a snap in the wildcat formation in the second quarter. He handed off to Tavon Austin, who ran for 60 yards - more than the Rams had managed in all to that point. Austin's 5-yard run finished the drive.
Austin had a team-high 63 yards on four runs. He also caught six passes for 33 yards. Gurley was limited to 19 yards on nine carries, with the Bengals focused on stopping the run game.
St. Louis has scored 13 or fewer points in each of the last three games.
There was more self-destruction by the Rams. Broken coverage left Green wide open for his first touchdown catch.
''Probably one of my easiest touchdowns ever,'' Green said.
A penalty for running into the punter extended Cincinnati's 14-play drive to a field goal in the second quarter.
NOTES: The Rams came in with 30 sacks, but didn't get to Dalton once. ... Cincinnati's Geno Atkins had a sack, moving him one ahead of St. Louis' Aaron Donald for most by an NFL interior lineman with eight. ... Dalton is 29 yards away from joining Peyton Manning as the only NFL players to throw for 3,000 yards in each of their first five seasons. ... Eifert left in the fourth quarter with a pinched nerve in his neck. ... Fisher said kicker Greg Zuerlein strained a hip muscle on Friday, which is why the Rams signed Zach Hocker for the game.
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Peterson runs for 2 TDs; Vikings beat Falcons 20-10
By PAUL NEWBERRY - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 6:16 PM (EST)
ATLANTA (AP) Adrian Peterson was still miffed about his performance the previous week.
He took it out on the Atlanta Falcons.
Bouncing back from a tough loss to Green Bay, Peterson ran for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Minnesota Vikings beat the slumping Falcons 20-10 on Sunday.
Minnesota (8-3) jumped ahead on Peterson's 1-yard run in the opening quarter, and clinched it when he got loose on a 35-yard scamper down the sideline with 4:15 remaining in the game.
''We took it personal, the loss last week,'' Peterson said.
In the 30-13 setback to the Packers, he was held to 45 yards - his lowest output since Week 1. He also had a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter that thwarted any hopes of a comeback.
''It was an opportunity for us to get into the end zone, and I ruined it,'' Peterson recalled. ''Coming in here, just being conscious of holding the ball tight, and taking advantage of any opportunities they present me with.''
Against the Falcons (6-5), who came in with the league's top-ranked defense against the run, Peterson ripped off his sixth 100-yard game of the season. He also moved to 18th on the NFL career rushing list with 11,354 yards, passing O.J. Simpson (11,236), Corey Dillon (11,241) and John Riggins (11,352).
''I just come in and try to focus on doing my job and helping my team win,'' Peterson said. ''I'll be able to look at those things after the fact.''
For Matt Ryan, it was another disappointing day. The Falcons quarterback threw two more interceptions - he's got five in the past two games - and heard perhaps the loudest boos of his career from the home crowd after a pick in the end zone.
Atlanta has lost five of its past six games, including four straight, and is in danger of becoming one of the few teams in NFL history to start 5-0 and miss the playoffs.
''It starts with me,'' Ryan said. ''I've got to know when to throw the ball away, cut my losses, and take the field goal.''
Teddy Bridgewater completed 20 of 28 for 174 yards, though the Minnesota quarterback did throw an interception in the end zone to take potential points off the board. It didn't hurt. The Vikings' defense kept Atlanta out of the end zone until Ryan's 1-yard touchdown pass to Nick Williams with 1:28 remaining.
Minnesota really clamped down on Atlanta star Julio Jones, held to 56 yards on five catches.
The Vikings reclaimed a one-game lead over Green Bay in the NFC North, taking advantage of the Packers' loss to Chicago on Thanksgiving night.
Ryan squandered one scoring chance in the second quarter when a deep throw down the middle was picked off by Captain Munnerlyn. The second interception was really costly, coming after Tevin Coleman's 1-yard scoring run, which would've given the Falcons a 10-7 lead in the third quarter, was wiped out by a clipping penalty on tight end Tony Moeaki.
With the Falcons facing third-and-goal from the 14, Ryan scrambled to his left and tried to force a pass to Jacob Tamme in the end zone. Terence Newman grabbed it instead, giving Minnesota a huge stop.
''You want to make plays. You want to be aggressive,'' Ryan said. ''But there's a time and place for that. That was not the place.''
There was plenty of blame to go around.
Coleman, starting for injured running back Devonta Freeman, broke off the longest run of his career in the first quarter. But the 46-yard scamper was wasted when the rookie failed to keep a firm grip on the ball, allowing linebacker Anthony Barr to come up from behind and punch it away. Antone Exum fell on the loose ball at the Minnesota 21, giving Coleman his third lost fumble of the season.
On Atlanta's last gasp in the fourth quarter, Coleman dropped a deep pass down the right sideline. Then, on fourth-and-1 at midfield, Ryan was hammered by Barr before he could even get off a quick pass, the linebacker blowing right by lineman Andy Levitre.
Notes: Coleman had the first 100-yard game of his career, finishing with 110 yards on 18 carries. ... Next up for Peterson on the career rushing list: Steven Jackson at No. 17 with 11,388 yards. ... Shayne Graham made a 31-yard field goal in his Atlanta debut. He was filling in for regular kicker Matt Bryant, out with a quadriceps injury. ... Jones had a streak of three straight 100-yard receiving games.
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Palmer's 8-yard TD run leads first-place Cards past 49ers
By JANIE McCAULEY - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 9:10 PM (EST)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Give Carson Palmer some style points for punctuating the Cardinals' latest win, however silly it looked when he tumbled over after spiking the ball.
Even if a few teammates feared he might be hurt.
''I'm taking a lot of heat for that and I could care less. The teasing's not going to stop,'' he said. ''More looks than comments, more just laughs and head shaking. But the comments will come as soon as we get on the plane.''
Palmer ran for a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown with 2:28 left and tumbled after spiking the ball in a telling story of his day, and NFC West-leading Arizona squeaked by the San Francisco 49ers 19-13 on Sunday for its fifth straight win and first road victory in the series since September 2008.
Moments earlier, Palmer fell backward as he released the ball and completed a 34-yard pass to J.J. Nelson to put Arizona on the 1.
Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra-point try, giving Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers (3-8) one more chance with 2:21 left. Anquan Boldin caught an 18-yard pass on fourth-and-20 to clinch the win for Arizona.
''The last drive was kind of indicative of the way the day was, Carson stumbling and bumbling into the end zone. Horrible spike, missed extra point,'' wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. ''It wasn't pretty. But I've been around enough to know that any way you can get a win is a good one.''
It certainly wasn't the best day for the NFL's top-ranked offense as San Francisco outgained Arizona 368-337. Coach Bruce Arians' bunch will take it nonetheless.
With Arizona down two running backs, David Johnson ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the third for the Cardinals (9-2), who have nine wins in their first 11 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history and fifth time overall.
Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 66 yards, surpassing Hall of Famer Steve Largent for 16th place on the career list for yards receiving and moving him into 12th place for receptions past Randy Moss.
A diving Fitzgerald dropped the ball in the end zone with 4:04 left in the first quarter, and Arizona settled for Catanzaro's 26-yard field goal. He added a 41-yarder early in the second.
Palmer was 24 of 40 for 271 yards and improved to 22-4 over his last 26 starts.
On a day when its defense largely stood its ground, San Francisco committed 13 penalties for 81 yards to help the Cardinals' cause. There was a costly roughing the passer flag on Quinton Dial during the winning drive.
''There's no debate here,'' Palmer said. ''He hit me right in the face with the crown of his helmet.''
Dial thought he was making a legal play as it unfolded.
''When I watched the replay, I saw he kind of ducked into it,'' Dial said. ''There was nothing I could do at that point, just go into him.''
Boldin finished with eight catches for 93 yards against his old team as the 49ers were eliminated from the division race in yet another mistake-filled performance.
San Francisco had two penalties on one play with 7:13 to go, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct by wideout Torrey Smith with the defense on the field when he made contact with the side referee.
''The officials were struggling mightily,'' Arians said.
Palmer completed a 48-yard pass to John Brown on the second snap of the third quarter, and then took advantage of five penalties - four pass interference calls and an illegal hands to the face - as Arizona finally scored a touchdown.
''I've never seen four penalties like that in one possession,'' Fitzgerald said.
Gabbert was 25 of 36 for 318 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald in the third. Gabbert hit Smith for a 41-yard completion and had far more success than predecessor Colin Kaepernick did in a four-interception day back in a 47-7 loss at Arizona in Week 3.
Phil Dawson kicked a 53-yard field goal as the first half expired and a tying 33-yarder in the third for his 18th straight made kick.
Arizona earned its first win on San Francisco's home field since a 23-13 Week 1 victory on Sept. 7, 2008, at Candlestick Park, snapping a six-game skid. Only three current Cardinals had won previously at San Francisco: Calais Campbell, Fitzgerald and Lyle Sendlein.
NOTES: McDonald made six catches for 71 yards after fellow tight end Garrett Celek was carted off with 3:46 left in the first quarter with a left ankle injury and didn't return. X-rays were negative. ... Arizona CB Jerraud Powers injured his calf in the third, while RB Andre Ellington hurt a foot and RB Chris Johnson a knee.
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Wilson's 5 TDs lead Seattle past Pittsburgh 39-30
By TIM BOOTH - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 10:31 PM (EST)
SEATTLE (AP) After spending the first half of the season hearing about their late-game failures, the Seattle Seahawks once again controlled the fourth quarter.
And no one had more ownership on Sunday than Russell Wilson.
''That was a lot of fun. It can't get any more fun,'' Wilson said.
Wilson threw a career-high five touchdown passes, including two TDs to Doug Baldwin in the final 8:12, and the Seahawks held on for a wild 39-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wilson threw three touchdowns to Baldwin, including an 80-yard catch-and-run score with 2:01 left after Pittsburgh had trimmed Seattle's lead to 32-30.
Baldwin caught a crossing route on third-and-10 at the 20, broke two tackles and raced for the clinching score. Baldwin also had a 16-yard TD catch in the first half and caught a 30-yard TD midway through the fourth quarter after Pittsburgh had taken a 27-26 lead.
In all five of its losses this season, Seattle held a fourth-quarter lead at some point. Except there was no crumbling on Sunday, no wondering who was going to make the critical play.
Instead, the list was lengthy of everyone who came through late for the Seahawks (6-5), from Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor grabbing interceptions in the fourth quarter, to the touchdown catches of Jermaine Kearse and Baldwin.
Even rookie Tyler Lockett received praise for his hustle downfield to block on Baldwin's late TD that gave Seattle a nine-point lead.
But most of the credit falls to Wilson for one of the finest regular-season performances of his career. He was 21 of 30 passing for 345 yards, Wilson's most in a regular-season game, topped only by a playoff performance at Atlanta in his rookie season. He finished with a 147.9 passer rating and was 7 of 9 for 164 yards and three TDs in the fourth quarter.
The performance came on Wilson's 27th birthday and started early when he awoke at the team hotel feeling ill. He needed three IVs to make it through the wild game.
The reward for Wilson's effort was finally getting Seattle above the .500 mark for the first time this season and keeping the Seahawks in the thick of the NFC playoff hunt.
''It's kind of an unorthodox way to play and win the football game, but that's what we had to do today,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.
Seattle won for the first time in Wilson's career when the opponent scored more than 24 points and the Seahawks needed every point with how Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger picked apart Seattle's defense.
Visiting Seattle for the first time in his career, Roethlisberger ignored the noise of the ''12th Man'' and put together the best passing performance ever against the Seahawks. He threw for 456 yards, topping the 455 of Philip Rivers in 2010, but that wasn't enough for Pittsburgh (6-5), which had its two-game win streak snapped.
Roethlisberger was pulled with 2 minutes left and taken to the locker room for concussion protocol. Coach Mike Tomlin provided no update after the game.
Roethlisberger was intercepted twice, including Richard Sherman's first of the season, and Landry Jones' attempt at a late rally ended on Chancellor's pick at the Seattle 6 with 1:37 left.
Antonio Brown was hounded by Sherman most of the game so Markus Wheaton became the beneficiary with nine catches for 201 yards, just the second wide receiver to top 200 yards receiving against the Seahawks.
Brown finished with six catches for 51 yards, but the Steelers couldn't overcome four turnovers.
''We were going to take what they gave us,'' Tomlin said. ''Obviously we had some success throwing the football.''
The downside for Seattle was the loss of tight end Jimmy Graham for the season to a patellar tendon injury in his right knee that will require surgery.
Graham landed awkwardly as he attempted to reach behind him and catch a pass from Wilson in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Graham immediately signaled for trainers and was in significant discomfort on the ground. Trainers placed an air cast on Graham's right leg and he was taken off the field on a cart.
But Seattle's offense didn't miss a beat. Wilson hit on his final six pass attempts of the game, three of them for touchdowns.
''It's about finishing the game and we did that today,'' Kearse said.
NOTES: Seattle CB Cary Williams was a healthy scratch and replaced in the starting lineup by DeShawn Shead. Williams was benched in the second half last week and had started 81 straight games. ... Wheaton had never had a 100-yard receiving game in his career. ... Pittsburgh LB Ryan Shazier, Seattle DL Demarcus Dobbs and FB Will Tukuafu all left the game with concussions.
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Broncos beat Patriots 30-24 on Anderson's OT run
By ARNIE STAPLETON - AP Pro Football Writer
Monday, November 30 at 2:00 AM (EST)
DENVER (AP) Filling in for Peyton Manning. Facing Tom Brady - and a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter.
None of it bothered Brock Osweiler.
The 25-year-old quarterback making his first career start in Denver felt right at home in the snow globe that was Sports Authority Field on Sunday night, where the Broncos handed the New England Patriots their first loss, 30-24 in overtime.
It all reminded him of his youth in Kalispell, Montana, where misfires in the backyard ended up in snowbanks ''and you'd have to dust off all the snow,'' Osweiler said. ''Fortunately, when you play in the NFL, there are guys on the sideline that dust off all the snow.
''But, yeah, it was fun.''
Not for Brady, who lost yet another one of his trusted targets when star tight end Rob Gronkowski injured his right knee with 2:49 left in the fourth quarter on a clean hit by safety Darian Stewart and was carted off the field.
Brady's receiving corps already was depleted with injuries to Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and running back Dion Lewis. If Gronkowski's injury is serious, it could be the biggest loss of all.
''He's been through a lot, he's a tough guy,'' Brady said. ''Hopefully, it's not too serious. All of our fingers are crossed.''
Stewart swept in low, trying to break up the pass that fell incomplete.
''I hate to see it but it's really the only way for defenders to hit now,'' Brady said. ''I bet if you ask a bunch of players they'd rather you go high than low. When you go low that's what happens. I don't think it's dirty. I just think it's the way football's being played now.''
Gronkowski, who caught his ninth touchdown pass and led New England with six receptions for 88 yards before getting hurt, didn't speak with reporters afterward. He walked to the team bus with a slight limp but no brace and coach Bill Belichick said he had no update.
The Broncos (9-2) won it when C.J. Anderson bounced a run outside and raced 48 yards down Denver's jubilant sideline with 12:32 left in overtime after its top-ranked defense forced a three-and-out thanks to a big sack by Von Miller and a huge hit by Shane Ray.
Manning watched from the cozy indoors as his backup brought the Broncos back from a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit and Denver handed the Patriots (10-1) their first loss since 2014.
New England's last loss was a meaningless 17-9 defeat to Buffalo on Dec. 28 before the Patriots won three games to claim another Super Bowl trophy and then swept through their first 10 this season.
Now, the Carolina Panthers (11-0) are the NFL's only remaining unbeaten team.
The Broncos never led until Osweiler threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Bubba Caldwell with 1:09 left in regulation to put Denver ahead 24-21. But Brady needed just five plays to drive the Patriots 51 yards and into range for Stephen Gostkowski's 47-yard field goal with no time left.
New England won the coin toss and Denver's defense, which lost starters T.J. Ward and Sylvester Williams to ankle injuries on the same play in the first half, had to go right back out.
''It didn't look good at times,'' Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said, ''but we figured out a way to get it done.''
Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two TDs on 15 carries. Overall, the Broncos ran for 179 yards, particularly impressive given their double-digit deficit for most of the night and their 21-7 hole after Brady threw a 63-yard scoring pass to Brandon Bolden on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Patriots managed just 39 yards on 16 carries.
Osweiler completed 23 of 42 passes for 270 yards with one TD and one interception on a tipped pass. Brady also was 23 of 42 for 280 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.
With Manning sitting this one out in a walking cast on his left foot, the greatest quarterback rivalry was put on hold - perhaps forever.
Instead of a 17th meeting between the QB greats, it was Brady versus Osweiler, which doesn't have the same Hall of Fame ring to it.
It still had plenty of panache.
Things looked bleak for the Broncos after Bolden's TD made it 21-7 and New England forced a three-and-out. But Chris Harper muffed the punt and Shaq Barrett recovered for Denver at the Patriots 36. That led to Anderson's 15-yard TD run. A short field goal pulled them to 21-17.
Then, Demaryius Thomas, who didn't catch any of the first 11 balls thrown his way, hauled in a 36-yard pass to midfield just before the 2-minute warning that ignited Denver's go-ahead TD drive.
''That's what great players do,'' Osweiler said. ''No matter what happens in the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter or even early fourth quarter, big players step up in big times.''
He easily could have been talking about himself.
Notes: Broncos RG Louis Vasquez left with a groin injury. ... Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower left with a knee injury. ... Ward and Williams were in walking boots post-game.
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|Monday, November 30, 2015|
|National Hockey League|
|Avalanche||vs.||Islanders||7:00 (EST) Preview|
By JEFF BARTL - STATS Senior Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 10:46 PM (EST)
Matt Duchene has had a hand in nearly half of Colorado's goals in November while scoring more than any Avalanche player has during that month since the franchise relocated from Quebec in 1995.
The problem is that the Avalanche have lost just as much as they did when Duchene was having trouble producing in October.
Colorado looks to win for just the third time in seven tries as it begins a four-game road trip Monday night against the New York Islanders.
Duchene has 11 goals and nine assists for the second-most points in the NHL since Nov. 1 after finishing with a goal and two assists in Saturday's 5-3 victory over Winnipeg.
Colorado (9-13-1), which has 44 goals during the month, had lost four of its previous five.
''I think the biggest thing is it was just nice to get back on the sheet and help the team with the offense," said Duchene, who had a seven-game point streak end in Wednesday's loss to Ottawa. "That's the biggest thing and it was a big win for us.
''I'm playing with two amazing hockey players in (Gabriel Landeskog) and Nate (MacKinnon). They make it easier for me.''
The Avalanche have gone 6-7-0 during Duchene's hot stretch, though, after a 3-6-1 start during which Duchene had just one goal and one assist. Their 70 goals against on the season are the fifth-most in the league, and Semyon Varlamov has a .890 save percentage while giving up at least three in 10 of his 13 starts.
Duchene has a minus-1 rating despite being on the ice for 22 Colorado goals.
"I just feel that it always has to be the hard way for us," said coach Patrick Roy, who picked up his 100th career victory Saturday. "But you know what? I like what I'm seeing. I like the resilience of our guys, the compete level. This is a good hockey club."
Duchene had two goals and two assists in his previous two against the Islanders before New York peppered Varlamov with 46 shots in a 6-0 victory Nov. 11, 2014.
Varlamov stopped 87 of 90 shots while going 2-0-1 in his previous starts against the Islanders (12-8-4), who are looking to earn at least a point in four straight.
John Tavares scored with 3:36 left in the third period Saturday to give New York a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay, which scored the game's first two goals. The Islanders rallied from a two-goal deficit the previous night but lost to Florida 3-2 in a shootout.
''A lot of things haven't been bouncing our way, but we've been really working for everything we've been getting,'' Tavares said. ''We're getting timely goals and certainly we seem to be getting better as the game goes on.''
Tavares and Josh Bailey scored on the power play, an encouraging sign after the Islanders went 2 for 36 with the man advantage over their previous 12.
''I had faith in our power play,'' coach Jack Capuano said. ''We had a couple of good ones in the last nine periods of hockey we played, but we didn't have the results that we had (Saturday). Fortunately, we got the bounces that we needed.''
Thomas Greiss made 29 saves and stopped a penalty shot against the Lightning as Jaroslav Halak got the night off. Halak, who has a 2.02 goals-against average in 13 starts, is 4-0-2 with a 1.30 GAA against the Avalanche since 2011.
|Canucks||vs.||Ducks||7:00 (EST) Preview|
By JORDAN GARRETSON - STATS Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 3:17 PM (EST)
The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks have been fixtures in the postseason in recent years, but neither team has played like a playoff team in 2015-16.
Anaheim looks to avoid a third straight loss Monday night when it hosts Vancouver, which has dropped six of eight.
The Ducks (8-11-5) have reached the playoffs in eight of the last 10 years, while the Canucks (9-8-7) have gotten there in 11 of 14. Anaheim has continued to struggle this season after posting the best record in the Western Conference last season, though, going 3-4-3 in its last 10.
Vancouver, meanwhile, has lost nine of 12.
The Ducks lost 3-2 in overtime to Chicago on Friday, their second loss beyond regulation to the Blackhawks this season. They surrendered two goals in the final 1:41 before Artem Anisimov scored in OT.
Anaheim fell to Chicago in the Western Conference finals and has lost 10 of 14 overall meetings.
"This isn't about Chicago," said center Andrew Cogliano, who scored his third goal. "It's about playing our game, putting a team away and finishing it."
Anaheim is 1-5 in games decided past regulation, having led in four of those defeats.
"For 58 minutes, we were pretty solid whenever we had to be," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They came in and found a way. It's not that it's them. It's giving up two goals in the last minute, and an overtime goal again. It's pretty frustrating."
Vancouver (9-8-7) will be playing on the road for the 10th time in 13 games. The Canucks have also been unfortunate beyond regulation, with three of their last nine losses getting decided in that fashion, including a 3-2 shootout defeat at Dallas on Friday.
Henrik Sedin forced overtime with a power-play goal with 4:10 remaining in the third period, but the Canucks surrendered two power-play goals in five opportunities.
"Five-on-five, I thought we deserved another point," Sedin said. "Special teams, I thought we didn't deserve anything."
The Canucks' penalty killing has been abysmal over the last 12 games, as they've given up 14 goals on 44 opportunities. They had allowed three goals in 32 chances prior to that stretch.
They've scored on 11 of 37 man advantages in the past eight games, but Sedin's goal was the only one in seven chances against the Stars.
"Our timing is off (on the power play)," he told the team's official website. "We're not executing when we need to. You can talk about outworking the other team, but if you have an extra man out there, you got to be able to use the guys that are open. We had a tough time setting up. We stuck with it, but it wasn't good enough."
The Ducks have gone 8 for 26 on the power play over the last 10 games, but are minus-9 in even-strength situations in that span and a league-worst minus-19 on the season. Vancouver is plus-5 on five-on-five.
Both Sedins own seven-game point streaks, with Henrik recording three goals and seven assists in his and Daniel tallying six goals and six assists.
Vancouver won 2-1 in a shootout at Anaheim on Oct. 12, their second straight victory in the series. The Canucks haven't won three consecutive meetings since Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2007.
|Hurricanes||vs.||Rangers||7:00 (EST) Preview|
By SCOTT GARBARINI - STATS Writer
Sunday, November 29 at 4:08 PM (EST)
Mired in their worst stretch of the season, the New York Rangers hope a matchup with an opponent they've dominated in recent years can help them get back on track.
The Rangers carry a three-game losing streak into Monday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, whom they've beaten in 17 of 18 meetings.
New York (16-6-2) recorded a 10th consecutive home victory over the Hurricanes on Nov. 10, winning 3-0. The Rangers have outscored Carolina 30-9 during the streak, with Henrik Lundqvist yielding one or no goals while starting eight times.
Lundqvist made 33 saves in the most recent matchup, but he's struggled in his last two outings. He surrendered a season-high five goals in Wednesday's home loss to Montreal and four in Friday's defeat at Boston.
Though backup Antti Raanta fared better Saturday against Philadelphia, the Rangers lost 3-0 to put them on the verge of their first four-game regulation skid since Feb. 3-11, 2011.
''We all need to man up,'' coach Alain Vigneault said after New York was outshot 34-24. ''I need to get this group to play better, and I'm very confident this group knows the right way to play. I'm very confident that we have the right leadership in that dressing room. I am confident that they know they can execute and play a lot better than we are right now.''
That had been the case for Rick Nash, who scored six times in a four-game goal streak prior to Saturday. Leading scorer Mats Zuccarello doesn't have a point in four straight, however, and center Derek Stepan is likely out for at least a month after suffering broken ribs on a hit by the Bruins' Matt Beleskey.
"We need everybody to be up to their game for us to be successful," defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "We need guys going through people, we need guys close for support in case there's a breakdown and a lot more communication, a lot more fire in our game."
Nash had a goal and an assist Nov. 10 in New York's seventh straight victory over Carolina (8-11-4).
The Hurricanes lost 4-1 at Buffalo on Friday after the Sabres scored three unanswered goals over the final 28 minutes.
"I thought we had, actually, a really good 40 minutes, and for whatever reason, it wasn't a great third," forward Kris Versteeg told the NHL's official website. "I thought we really played a good game and had opportunities to score and do things like that. To carry that as a positive, we've been playing some good hockey lately."
Carolina had gone 2-0-1 in its previous three outings.
Cam Ward was pulled after two periods Friday after giving up three goals on 14 shots. He stopped 20 shots Nov. 11 and has posted a 4.03 GAA in his last five road starts against New York, losing each in regulation.
|Oilers||vs.||Maple Leafs||7:30 (EST) Preview|
Oilers-Maple Leafs Preview
Sunday, November 29 at 4:38 PM (EST)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to get another chance Monday night to figure out how to win without top goaltender James Reimer.
The Maple Leafs are winless in games Reimer has not started and are expected to give Garret Sparks his NHL debut in this home matchup with the Edmonton Oilers.
Reimer did not play in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Washington even though coach Mike Babcock indicated that the No. 1 goalie would despite a lower-body injury. Reimer is 7-3-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average.
Toronto (7-11-5) fell to 0-8-1 in the nine games Reimer has not started. All of those results have gone to Jonathan Bernier, who gave up four goals for the third straight start Saturday and is 1-14-2 with a 3.39 GAA in his last 17 starts.
''I've got to be better," Bernier said.
He won't get the chance Monday since the Maple Leafs are turning to Sparks, who was called up from the minors Saturday to serve as Bernier's backup. Sparks had a 1.90 GAA in the minors.
"We got to find a way to win a game," Babcock told the NHL's official website. "He's played well in the minors. Gets his opportunity."
The Maple Leafs will play without left wing Joffrey Lupul, who is tied for the team lead with eight goals and is out with an undisclosed injury.
They have taken three straight at home against the Oilers, who are completing a five-game trip they began at 0-2-1 before Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Pittsburgh. Edmonton (8-14-2) is now seeking to finish it with five points out of a possible 10.
"We have an opportunity to finish a hard, long trip with a chance to come home even," coach Todd McLellan said. "That's certainly going to be our goal now, that's all we can achieve."
Leon Draisaitl and Lauri Korpikoski scored first-period goals for Edmonton, which blew a two-goal advantage before Matt Hendricks and Jordan Eberle converted in the shootout.
''It feels good to win,'' McLellan said. ''I thought we had a good effort from a lot of players and the guys got a good reward. We buckled down when we needed to.''
Taylor Hall assisted on Draisaitl's goal to end his three-game drought without a point. He leads the club with nine goals and 25 points.
Edmonton continues to play without injured rookie Connor McDavid, who is out with a fractured clavicle and is rehabbing in the Toronto area where he hails from. He will meet up with his club Monday.
Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz returned to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 25 on Saturday after being out with a back injury.
"I felt good, obviously the first couple of shifts were a little fast, I don't remember it being this fast, but once I got those under my belt it was good and I thought I got better as the game went on," Schultz said.
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
|National Hockey League|
|Panthers||vs.||Red Wings||Final Recap|
Campbell scores in OT, Panthers beat Red Wings 2-1
Sunday, November 29 at 6:36 PM (EST)
DETROIT (AP) The Florida Panthers made themselves right at home at Joe Louis Arena - again
Brian Campbell scored at 1:20 of overtime, lifting the Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings on Sunday for their fifth straight win in Detroit.
Campbell helped set up Reilly Smith's tying goal at 14:38 of the third period as the Panthers earned at least a point in a seventh consecutive game at the Joe Louis Arena. They haven't lost in regulation at Detroit since Dec. 15, 2007.
''A gutsy effort,'' Smith said. ''We had a goal taken away early, but it worked out for us later. It's great to get two points.''
Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for Florida, and Petr Mrazek had 30 for Detroit.
''It's not good,'' Detroit star Henrik Zetterberg said. ''Overall, it was an ugly game. I think the puck was on the boards the whole time. ''It was tough to get any flow going.''
Detroit's Dylan Larkin intercepted a pass and scored his team-leading 10th goal, unassisted, at 7:02 of the second period for the game's first goal.
The Panthers had a goal waved off just 28 seconds into the game.
The call, which withstood a challenge by Florida coach Gerard Gallant, was made when Jonathan Hubereau interfered with Mrazek before Smith's backhander crossed the line.
''When I looked at it, it was a 50-50 call,'' Gallant said. ''It was early in the game and I wanted to create some momentum.''
Nothing got past Mrazek after that, however, until Smith's tip-in at 14:38 of the third period. Smith was upended in front of the Detroit net, but got up just in time to get his stick on Campbell's shot.
Many of the Panthers' 22 shots through two periods were good scoring chances - including two by Brandon Pirri.
''I don't think we were good enough tonight,'' Reds Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. ''We can play much better than we played. It seemed like we just didn't have enough energy. We didn't win enough puck races, didn't win enough puck battles. We still sat with a lead late, but we need to be better for 60 (minutes). ''
The game was the first of a five-game trip for Florida.
''A great way to start it,'' Smith said.
Notes: Defenseman Brendan Smith, center Joakim Andersson and left wing Teemu Pulkkinen were scratches for the Red Wings. For the Panthers, the scratches were defenseman Alex Petrovic, left wing Shawn Thornton and center Dave Bolland. With Smith scratched for the Wings, the number of regular-season meetings between brothers (Brendan and Reilly) remained at 11 (5-5-1). ... The game was the 883rd of Luongo's career, giving him sole possession of eighth place on the career list for goalies.