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Daniels' 7 3s help VCU rout Fordham, 81-65

Daniels' 7 3s help VCU rout Fordham, 81-65

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Troy Daniels scored 29 points, including 13 during a 15-3 second-half run Saturday night, and Virginia Commonwealth overcame a sluggish start, turned 22 turnovers into 32 points and beat Fordham 81-65.

Treveon Graham added 15 points and Juvonte Reddic 11 for VCU (18-5, 6-2 Atlantic 10 Conference), which led by only eight until Daniels' jumper started the burst with 16:20 to play. Reddic hit a free throw, and Daniels scored on a layup before making three 3-pointers in the span of a minute to make it 59-40.

Bryan Smith scored 17 points and Mandell Thomas 16 for Fordham (6-15, 2-5), which again played without injured senior forward Chris Gaston because of injury. The Rams have lost five of their last six.

Daniels finished with seven 3-pointers, his fifth game with at least seven this season.

VCU opened the second half on a 7-0 run to lead 45-33, but Travion Leonard scored inside and Thomas hit a jumper for Fordham, which looked like it was sensing a chance to steal a conference game on the road.

But the visiting Rams, who opened the second half with four consecutive turnovers, gave it away three more times during VCU's game-changing burst, and only a 3-pointer by Smith interrupted Daniels' showcase, which included 3-pointers from very deep on the left wing, the left corner and then the right corner.

When Reddic added a free throw with 12:05 to play, it was 60-40 and VCU cruised to the finish.

VCU played the game without lightly used backup center D.J. Haley, who was not on the bench. No announcement was made explaining his absence.

The first half looked like a case of an overconfident team meeting one intent on pulling an upset.

VCU led 22-14 after Daniels hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then went cold as Fordham put together an 11-3 run, getting scoring from five players, and pulled even at 25-all with 6:55 to play.

Darius Theus' 3-pointer broke the tie, and Graham hit two right behind him, a quick 9-0 burst that also featured four consecutive turnovers by Fordham and seemingly put VCU on the brink of control. But again, the Rams stalled, and Fordham closed to within 38-33 by halftime.

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UNC's Coby White talks Wizards workout, North Carolina and John Wall's legendary mixtape

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UNC's Coby White talks Wizards workout, North Carolina and John Wall's legendary mixtape

In Tuesday's Wizards Talk podcast Chris Miller sat down with point guard Coby White, a projected lottery pick from the University of Carolina. 

On Monday, the Wizards worked out White and college teammate Nassir Little in the franchise's highest-profile workout this year. Despite being projected higher than No. 9, White was enthusiastic about the opportunity. 

"These mock drafts are cool, but it's not the real deal," explained White. "If I was to slip and Washington were to select me, I'd be in a great place."

White's passion combined with his impressive skill set enabled him to become the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school history. Growing up he followed John Wall, as did every hooper in North Carolina, and he still remembers Wall shredding apart defenses on his legendary high school mixtape. 

"His mixtape was lit," professed White. "The style he played with was uncomparable to anyone else."

What many people don't know about White was that growing up, his dream school was Duke. Once he got to Chapel Hill, however, Roy Williams, his teammates and UNC's winning tradition won him over in a heartbeat. 

"They didn't care how much you had coming in, Coach Williams never promised me playing time," said White. "He just promised me 'I'll be the hardest coach you ever had and I'll try my best to make you the best you can be.'"

At Thursday draft, White's life will be changed forever once he hears his name called and shakes Adam Silver's hand. For Wizards fans, hopefully, that won't happen before the No. 9 pick

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It's been 13 years since Ryan Zimmerman hit his first career walk-off HR

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It's been 13 years since Ryan Zimmerman hit his first career walk-off HR

On June 18, 2006, a 21-year-old Ryan Zimmerman beat the New York Yankees with one swing. The once rising star who would later be nicknamed 'Mr. Walk-Off' launched his first career game-winning home run 13 years ago today. 

The blast marked the 10th long-ball of his big league career and came on Father's Day with his dad, Keith, in the stands. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the now 34-year-old owns a .279 career batting average with 267 home runs. 

But 2019 hasn't given him much of a chance to add to those totals, seeing how he's played in just 22 games after being placed on the 10-day Injured List April 28 because of plantar fasciitis

His recovery, though, is well underway. NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas reported Tuesday that the first baseman ran the bases and will do so again Wednesday. If these drills go well, look for the veteran to begin a rehab assignment as part of his continued efforts to return to help the Nationals make a run in his 15th season. 

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