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Crawford leads Central Ark. past SE Missouri 88-85

Crawford leads Central Ark. past SE Missouri 88-85

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) Robert Crawford scored 39 points and Central Arkansas held off Southeast Missouri in the late stages for an 88-85 victory on Saturday.

Crawford's shooting was near perfect. He hit 12 of 15 field goals, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range, and was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line. Central Arkansas (4-3) hit nine 3-pointers as a team.

LaQuentin Miles scored 18 points for Central Arkansas and Jarvis Garner had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Southeast Missouri (6-6) led early in the in the second half and remained close after Central Arkansas took the lead.

A jumper by Marland Smith cut Central Arkansas' lead to 87-85 with 14 seconds left in the game, but a free throw by Garner with 6 seconds to go iced it.

Tyler Stone led Southeast Missouri with 32 points, and Nino Johnson had 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

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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