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Hot-shooting Norfolk State beats UMBC 83-66

Hot-shooting Norfolk State beats UMBC 83-66

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Malcolm Hawkins scored 20 points and Norfolk State shot 54 percent (27 of 50) from the field in its 83-66 win over Maryland-Baltimore County on Sunday.

Pendarvis Williams had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Rob Johnson, who made 7 of 11 shots, finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Hawkins (3), Williams (3), and Johnson (2) combined to make eight of Norfolk State's nine 3-pointers.

Ryan Cook, who entered the game averaging 17 points for UMBC (2-8), scored 22 points but shot just 7 of 20 from the field - including 0 of 5 from deep. The Retrievers went 0 of 16 from 3-point range in the loss.

Norfolk State (6-5) led by as much as 17, 39-22, in the first half before taking a 42-29 lead into halftime.

UMBC held a 43-37 rebounding edge, behind 14 from Chase Plummer, but could not overcome its shooting woes.

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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