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Arkansas State beats St. Bonaventure 73-70

Arkansas State beats St. Bonaventure 73-70

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Brandon Peterson and Raeford Worsham scored 18 points apiece to help Arkansas State beat St. Bonaventure 73-70 on Saturday.

Peterson was 7 of 10 from the field and posted a double-double with 11 rebounds. Worsham was 6 of 11 from the field and had a pair of steals. Rakeem Dickerson added 12 points for the Red Wolves (5-3).

Arkansas State led 42-28 at halftime. In the second half, the Bonnies erased a 17-point deficit and held a 70-68 lead with the ball. Worsham made one of his steals and tied the game at 70. On the Bonnies next possession, Chris Johnson missed a 3-pointer, but Ed Townsel hit one for Arkansas State, giving them the win.

Johnson scored a career-high 19 points for the Bonnies (5-3). Matthew Wright made 13 and Charlon Kloof 10. Demitrius Conger had 12 rebounds and eight 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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