Edwin, Seton Hall beat North Carolina A&T 77-66

Edwin, Seton Hall beat North Carolina A&T 77-66

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Fuquan Edwin scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the first half, leading Seton Hall to a 77-66 victory over North Carolina A&T Sunday.

Only four players scored for the Pirates (8-2), who won their third straight.

Edwin scored more than 20 points for his third straight game and is averaging 19.7 per game this season.

Besides Edwin, Seton Hall received a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds from Brandon Mobley, who had his second straight solid performance. Mobley had 11 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Wake Forest on Dec. 8. Aaron Cosby also set a career high with 22 points, and Eugene Teague rounded out the scoring with six points.

The Aggies (4-7) were led by Jean Louisme, who scored 14 points, and Adrian Powell, who added 11.

Seton Hall trailed by four, 27-23, with 6:25 left in the first half after Khalid King hit two free throws, but then the Pirates went on a 13-0 run to take command of the game.

Cosby hit two 3-pointers during that run and Mobley scored six points, four via free throws. Mobley hit two free throws with 3:06 left in the first half to cap the run, giving Seton Hall a 36-27 lead.

The Pirates led 39-29 at the break.

Seton Hall kept the pressure on during the opening two minutes of the second half, scoring the first six points after halftime to increase the lead to 45-29 with 18:09 remaining. Edwin hit two short range jumpers, both off the glass, to give the Pirates a comfortable cushion.

Soon after that, Edwin picked up his fourth foul and headed to the bench. The Aggies then made a mini-run and cut the lead to 52-44 with 12:14 left when Louisme converted on a four-point play, then nailed three free throws.

Cosby then hit two free throws and had a layup to give the Pirates a 59-46 lead with 9 minutes left.

Bruce Beckford banked in a shot from 14 feet to bring the Aggies to within 64-57 with 4:30 left, but Edwin responded with a long 3-pointer from the right corner, giving Seton Hall a 67-57 lead.

North Carolina A&T cut the lead to 69-63 with 2:13 left on two free throws from Louisme but got no closer.

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Caps recall goalie Pheonix Copley after Braden Holtby 'tweaked something' in Dallas game


Caps recall goalie Pheonix Copley after Braden Holtby 'tweaked something' in Dallas game

You thought the Caps had a goalie rotation before, but now they have added a third netminder in the mix.

Pheonix Copley has been recalled from the Hershey Bears and will backup Philipp Grubauer for Washington's game in Detroit, the team announced Thursday.

The move comes in response to an injury concern for Braden Holtby.


Dallas Stars forward Remi Elie collided with Holtby midway through the third period on Tuesday as Holtby was extending to make a save. Holtby reacted awkwardly to the collision and could be seen skating and flexing his leg during the next stoppage.

With only nine games remaining in the regular season, Holtby's injury is a major concern. Given his recent struggles, the final few weeks of the season offered a chance for Holtby to get his game back to form. Just where his game will be when he is 100-percent healthy again is certainly a storyline to watch.


The good news for Washington, however, is that Grubauer is perhaps more ready this season to lead the team than he ever has been and confidence in him around the team should be high.

Since Thanksgiving, Grubauer has played in 22 games with a 17-11-4 record, a .939 save percentage, 1.85 GAA and two shutouts. No goalie who has played in 20 games or more has registered a better save percentage or GAA. He will certainly be looked upon to carry the load until Holtby returns. Whether this means he now has the inside track on starting in the playoffs, however, remains to be seen. That will depend largely on just when Holtby is ready to return and how Grubauer plays down the stretch.

Copley, 26, has gone 14-16-6 with two shutouts, a .898 save percentage and 2.86 GAA in 38 games in Hershey this season. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Washington in 2014. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues in the package that netted the Caps T.J. Oshie, but was reacquired by Washington in Feb. 2017 in a trade deadline deal that included Kevin Shattenkirk.

At the time, it was believed Copley would be the team's backup for the 2017-18 season with Grubauer likely headed to Vegas in the expansion draft. Vegas, however, took Nate Schmidt instead which led to Copley spending the season in Hershey. The Caps now will be happy for the extra goalie depth for as long as Holtby's health remains a concern.

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Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

This weekend was already going to be special for Washington Wizards fans. Now they will get souvenirs to remember it.

As part of their celebration of Phil Chenier's legendary career and the 40th anniversary of their 1978 NBA championship, the Wizards are handing out emoji signs on Friday night and commemorative t-shirts on Sunday. All fans in attendance will receive a giveaway.


The emoji sign has Chenier's face on it and will be handed out for the March 23 game against the Nuggets. Chenier will have his jersey retired at halftime during the game. 

The emoji sign is presented by NBC Sports Washington. You're welcome, Authentic Fans.


The shirts will be given out on Sunday when the Wizards host the New York Knicks. 

Here's the front...

And the back...

Let's take a closer look at that back...

As a reporter who has received many giveaways over the years at pro sports stadiums, these are uniquely awesome. Should be a great weekend for Wizards fans. See you at the arena.


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