Cleveland State survives Notre Dame (Ohio) 77-66

Cleveland State survives Notre Dame (Ohio) 77-66

CLEVELAND (AP) Marlin Mason scored a career-high 19 points to lead five players in double figures and help Cleveland State survive hot-shooting, Division II-program Notre Dame (Ohio) 77-66 Wednesday night.

Bryn Forbes came off the bench for 12 points, Charlie Lee had 11 and Tim Kamczyc and Sebastian Douglas tallied 10 apiece for Cleveland State (7-4), which shot a season-high 60.4 percent (32 of 53) from the field.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half and Cleveland State took a 35-34 lead into the break. Notre Dame (2-8) continued its hot shooting in the second half, hitting 51.9 percent (14 of 27), but Cleveland State made 16 of 22 attempts (72.7 percent) during the frame to pull away.

Cleveland State scored 33 points off 27 Notre Dame errors and got 20 points off the bench.

Eric Dummermuth tallied 19 points and nine rebounds for Notre Dame.

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Nationals sign reliever Kyle Finnegan to major-league deal

Nationals sign reliever Kyle Finnegan to major-league deal

The Nationals announced their first move toward rebuilding their bullpen for the 2020 season Sunday, signing right-hander Kyle Finnegan to a major-league deal.

Finnegan, 28, became a free agent for the first time this winter after seven seasons in the Oakland Athletics’ minor-league system. The A’s drafted him in the sixth round of the 2013 Draft out of Texas State, originally developing him as a starter until converting him into a reliever in 2016.

Oakland granted Finnegan an invite to Spring Training ahead of last season, but he never made his way onto the team’s 40-man roster. His breakout season was in 2019, when the organization asked him to lower his arm slot to generate more movement on his pitches.

Finnegan posted a 2.66 ERA with 14 saves over 42 appearances for AA-Midland and AAA-Las Vegas last year. His fastball has touched triple digits in the past but sits in the mid-to-upper 90s. His newfound success has also seen him rack up more strikeouts, as evidenced by his K/9 that jumped from 9.7 in 2018 to 12.8 in 2019.

Prior to signing with Washington, Finnegan joined the Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League. He has a 2.31 ERA in 14 appearances so far this winter.

The Nationals’ 40-man roster now sits at 30 with the addition of Finnegan following non-tenders of Javy Guerra and Koda Glover. It will move up to 32 once the signings of Yan Gomes and Howie Kendrick are made official. The move comes less than 12 hours before the MLB Winter Meetings are scheduled to begin in San Diego.


Blair scores 21 to lift Georgetown over SMU

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Blair scores 21 to lift Georgetown over SMU

DALLAS — Jahvon Blair matched his career-high with 21 points as Georgetown defeated SMU 91-74 on Saturday night.

Mac McClung had 19 points and seven assists for Georgetown (6-3). Omer Yurtseven added 19 points and Jamorko Pickett had 11 for the visitors.

Kendric Davis had 17 points for the Mustangs (8-1), whose eight-game season-opening winning streak ended. Feron Hunt added 17 points. Tyson Jolly had 16 points and six rebounds.

Georgetown plays Syracuse at home next Saturday. SMU takes on Georgia on the road next Friday.