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Dayton's depth shines in 83-61 win over Miami (OH)

Dayton's depth shines in 83-61 win over Miami (OH)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Devin Oliver and Josh Benson turned in double-doubles and five Dayton players scored in double figures as the Flyers topped Miami (Ohio) 83-61 in the 130th meeting of the nonconference rivals Saturday night.

Oliver had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Benson had 13 points and 12 boards. Kevin Dillard (15 points), Vee Sanford (14) and Dyshawn Pierre (12) were the others in double figures.

Dayton leads the all-time rivalry 69-61. The Flyers are 7-2 for the third time in four years.

Miami (3-5) was led by Will Felder's 18 points, with Jon Harris also pitching in 16.

Dillard's layup put Dayton up 37-33 just before halftime, and then the Flyers used a 14-2 run early in the second half to take a 53-40 lead and strolled to victory from there.

Dayton shot 52.5 percent (31 of 59) from the floor and won the rebound battle 45-22.

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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