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Atkinson leads UNC Asheville past Montreat 85-51

Atkinson leads UNC Asheville past Montreat 85-51

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Jeremy Atkinson scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists to lead UNC Asheville to an 85-51 rout over Montreat on Saturday.

Trent Myer scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, and had eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (2-6), who snapped a six-game losing streak. Sam Hughes added 12 points.

UNC Asheville did not have much trouble with Montreat, an NAIA school. The Bulldogs went on a 13-0 run, capped by a dunk from Hughes to give them a 32-14 lead with 4:02 left in the first half.

UNC Asheville continued to increase its margin, leading by as many as 36 points in the second half. Meyer knocked down five of his six 3-pointers in the second half.

La'Bris Adams and Justin Ashford each scored a team-high nine points for Montreat (3-8). Adams also had a game-high six turnovers.

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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