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Albany (NY) beats Colgate 67-61

Albany (NY) beats Colgate 67-61

HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) Jacob Iati posted his second straight game with at least 20 points and Mike Black scored 18 to lead Albany (N.Y.) over Colgate 67-61 Saturday, for its fifth-consecutive win.

Iati (20 points) was 6 of 14 from the field with all six makes coming from deep. Peter Hooley chipped in 11 points for Albany (8-2). Iati, Hooley, and Black accounted for 13 Albany free throws.

Tied at 11, Blake Metcalf's jumper sparked a 15-0 run by Albany. Iati's 3-pointer capped the run.

Colgate (3-7) outshot Albany 42 percent (25 of 60) to 41 percent (22 of 54) and outrebounded the Great Danes 39-34, but made just 9 of 14 free throw attempts.

Albany, which made 15 of 20 free throws, hit six over the final 51 seconds while holding Colgate to just two field goals.

Murphy Burnatowski was Colgate's lone player in double-figures with 13 points.

VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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