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Cal State Fullerton beats Hope International 87-65

Cal State Fullerton beats Hope International 87-65

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Jared Brandon scored 20 points to lead Cal State Fullerton to an 87-65 win over Hope International, its across-the-street neighbor, on Saturday night.

Brandon was 10 of 11 from the field. D.J. Seeley had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Kwame Vaughn had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Alex Harris added 11 points.

Cal State Fullerton (6-5) led 41-29 at halftime. The Titans shot 54 percent from the field for the game, while the Royals shot 45.6 percent.

The Royals had four players in double figures. Jeremy Kilgore had 13 points, Orlando Collins and Kris Rosales had 12 points apiece. Austin Sanford added 10. Kilgore, Collins, and Garrett Neilan all had four rebounds. Rosales also had six assists.

Hope International plays in the NAIA, where it has an 11-1 record. The game counts as an exhibition for the Royals.

UMBC coach and Mike Krzyzewski put kibosh on former UMBC player attending UVA-Duke game

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UMBC coach and Mike Krzyzewski put kibosh on former UMBC player attending UVA-Duke game

There is no one better at trolling than college basketball fans and Duke's Cameron Crazies are at the top of this list. They proved it yet again ahead of their team's highly anticipated matchup against the Virginia Cavaliers. 

The Duke student section invited former UMBC point guard K.J. Maura to come to Cameron Indoor for their ACC contest against the undefeated Cavaliers.

For those that don't remember, Maura was a starter for UMBC in the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history when his UMBC Retrievers, a 16 seed, upset the top seed of the whole tournament, Virginia. It was the first time ever that a No. 16 seed knocked off a No. 1 seed in tournament history. 

Maura, who was a senior last season, graduated from the program in the spring. 

But, unfortunately, this high level of trolling will not come to fruition.

UMBC's head coach Ryan Odom stepped in to ask Mike Krzyzewski to block this move, according to Duke's The Chronicle.

"UMBC’s coach got wind of his arrival, and he wants their squad to move on from the greatest NCAA Tournament upset of all time," Hassey and Potash wrote. "Ultimately, he called Coach K multiple times, and [Krzyzewski] had to request that KJ not be in attendance."

Surely Duke beating Virginia, although the latter is undefeated, would not be the same level of shock as UMBC's. But in no particular order, UMBC and Duke have to be two of UVA's biggest nightmares. 

Maura only scored 10 points in the Retrievers massive 74-54 upset this past March. He now plays professional ball in Puerto Rico and will likely watch the No. 1 ranked Duke, host the No. 4 team, Virginia, in his own home.

Nevertheless, Duke will always find a way to troll:

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When I knew: Redskins' Chris Thompson on his journey from untouchable runner to the NFL

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When I knew: Redskins' Chris Thompson on his journey from untouchable runner to the NFL

At some point, every sports fan has some form of the same dream. Play quarterback in the NFL. Roam centerfield in the Majors. Splash 3-pointers in the NBA. Whack forehands at Wimbledon.

Along the way, most of us realize we peaked as kids. There's no hope of climbing that mountain or ever coming close, though on certain days and for fleeting moments... Nah, not happening.

That comprehension often comes early in life. For true romantics or delusional souls, perhaps a decade or two later.

For others, the dream turns into reality. Whether they stormed the courts as prodigies or developed their craft over time, a moment occurred when thoughts shifted. When they recognized they might be different. This series of interviews with local professional athletes focus on that moment.

Next up, Redskins running back Chris Thompson

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I think for me it truly started in high school. As a kid, I was always faster than everybody. When I played Little League ball that was no problem for me. I was more nervous about getting tackled. I didn’t want to play.

I had one Little League season -- I think I was in fifth grade I believe -- where I was tackled one time the whole season. That was in the championship game. Other than that, every time I touched [the ball] it was a touchdown.

When I got in high school, I was on varsity since my freshman year. I started at running back my sophomore year, playing against older guys, against teams that were bigger and better than us. I was able to perform well. I was like, alright I can probably make something out of this. That’s when I really got a good feeling about [my ability].

As far as making it to the NFL, honestly, it didn’t hit me until my sophomore year [at Florida State].

We got a new running back coach, Eddie Gran. He just started talking to me, teaching me about what I needed to be good at to make it to the league and be able to play for a long time because he helped produce a lot of running backs that made it (Deuce McAllister, Ronnie Brown, etc).

Just being around him and learning from him really helped me and gave me the confidence that I could make it to the NFL and be a very good player.

Then you reach the NFL. At what point did you think you got this?

That was really the toughest challenge, realizing (I could play in the NFL). It didn’t really hit me until my fourth year.

My rookie year it didn’t really work out too well (Lost role as the primary kick returner after four games before suffering a torn left labrum).

(Released and then signed to) the practice squad my second year so I was doubting everything at that point. Just being cut made me doubt my ability. Really one of the lowest parts of my entire football career.

My third year I knew it was my job because Coach (Jay) Gruden told me that. I could do my job, but excelling and going beyond expectations was really around my fourth year when it hit me. I finished that season out healthy. My first full season. (Thompson played all 16 games for the only time in his career to date, finishing with 49 receptions and 705 yards from scrimmage.)

After that, I was able to go into the offseason feeling really healthy for the first time. Feeling like myself once again like the senior year of college version of myself. As you could see last year (2017), I had a wonderful year.

Any specific moment in the NFL that had you thinking, I got this?

We were playing against the Eagles Week 16 in my third year to win the division. I think the first play I came in was in the red zone and I ended up scoring a touchdown on “choice” route against Kiko Alonso, who is a linebacker I have a lot of respect for. That really gave me some confidence.

I had a few more plays where I was just running routes, kind of getting open during that game and a few more games. I was OK, if I can be consistent, keep catching the ball and keep getting open, I could really be great at this. Then the game started slowing down for me in my fourth year. Then I got more comfortable. I got way more patient in my routes. It was like, dang, dude, with your footwork and acceleration, you can really get open against these guys and make some plays.

The transcript was edited for length and clarity.

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