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Daniels' 8 3s lead VCU past ODU, 83-70

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Daniels' 8 3s lead VCU past ODU, 83-70

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Troy Daniels tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a career-best 24 points Friday night, leading Virginia Commonwealth to an 83-70 victory against Old Dominion.

Treveon Graham added 23 points for the Rams (6-3), who dominated for much of the night until the Monarchs closed within 65-53 with eight minutes left. But Rob Brandenberg scored on a drive with the shot clock winding down, Briante Weber tapped a steal into the open court and Brandenberg chased it down, slipped into the left corner and made the Rams' 11th 3-pointer to push the lead back up to 17.

DeShawn Painter, a transfer from North Carolina State, led the Monarchs with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Donte Hill had 13 as Old Dominion (1-8) lost its seventh in a row, and fifth at home.

The Monarchs trailed by 20 on several occasions, but used a 10-3 run to get within 65-53 with just more than eight minutes left. After a media timeout, Brandenberg's drive and 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by Graham rebuilt the margin to 19 with six minutes to go and the Monarchs were finished.

The game matched longtime Colonial Athletic Association rivals, both of whom opted to leave the league after last season. The Rams departure for the Atlantic 10 took effect before the season began, and Old Dominion is playing one last season in the CAA before moving to Conference USA next school year.

Daniels, who hadn't scored more than 12 points this season and had never made more than five 3-pointers, had 18 points by halftime and was in danger of outscoring the Monarchs until late in the first half. When he hit his sixth from behind the arc, it gave the Rams a 37-21 lead 2:48 before halftime.

The Monarchs closed to 43-30 at the break, but Daniels hit another 3 early in the second half as the Rams outscored the Monarchs 13-6 to begin the half, and ODU never really threatened again.

The Rams led throughout the first half after a 22-4 run that featured three of Daniels' six first-half 3-pointers and nine points from Graham. Painter ended the dry spell for Old Dominion with a reverse layup, and with the Rams in foul trouble, the Monarchs outscored VCU 18-16 to close out the first half.

Painter had 11 of the points, and capped the half with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

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Loyal through trade rumors, Bradley Beal definitive for first time about future with Wizards

Loyal through trade rumors, Bradley Beal definitive for first time about future with Wizards

CHARLOTTE -- Bradley Beal made the most definitive comments yet about his future on Friday afternoon and it came in an All-Star question-and-answer fan event in downtown Charlotte.

In a forum hosted by ESPN's Molly Qerim, one fan first thanked Beal for all he has done for the Wizards, then followed it up with a pointed question about whether it’s time to “blow the team up.”

Beal first laughed as the crowd reacted with a collective ‘ooh.’ He joked “there’s a lot of tampering going on these days.”

Then, he delivered a clear picture of what he hopes is a long-term future in Washington.

“I hate change. If I can retire in this jersey, I will. I’m all about loyalty,” Beal said.

Beal has said the right things before, but the timing is interesting. With the Wizards outside of the playoff race, he has become the subject of trade rumors. Many fans and media members have wondered if he could be the next All-Star to want a change of scenery.

Beal, though, insists that isn’t in his nature.

“Granted, it goes both ways,” Beal said of wanting to stay with one team. “They can say they won’t trade you and [then they do.] It’s a business at the end of the day, but believe me... my parents [raised] me on loyalty and just constantly even keel no matter what. Tough time last not always, but tough people do.”

Beal, 25, is making his second All-Star appearance. He is averaging career-highs this season in points (25.1), assists (5.4) and rebounds (5.1).

He has two years left on his contract, due about $56 million through the 2020-21 season. Most stars who have left their original teams have done so with one year left on their deals, so all of this will have to be revisited down the road.

But Beal has already thought about the years ahead and has no intention of leaving D.C.

“When you first get [to the NBA], you don’t get control over where you’re drafted. But once you get there, you develop relationships with people. You develop family, businesses, foundations; everything. You create a life there and it’s tough to just up and move after,” he said.

There you go, Wizards fans. You can rest assured, Beal is not plotting his exit, at least not anytime soon.

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Harvard at Penn: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Harvard at Penn: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Harvard broke a five-game winning streak with a loss to Cornell on Saturday. Harvard University hopes to gain its momentum back against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. 


Harvard at Penn How to Watch
 


What: Harvard at Penn
Where: The Palestra, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, P.A.
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder:https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/channel-finder)
 


Harvard at Penn


Conference: Ive League
Record: 14-8, 2-4 (Penn), 11-8, 4-2 (Harvard)
Last Game: 65-78 Loss v. Yale (Penn), 61-67 Loss v. Cornell (Harvard)
Leading Scorers: AJ Brodeur, 15.8 ppg (Penn), Bryce Aiken, 19.2 ppg (Harvard)
 

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