Jones, Northern Kentucky beat Kennesaw State 64-53

Jones, Northern Kentucky beat Kennesaw State 64-53

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) Eshaunte Jones posted 25 points to help Northern Kentucky beat Atlantic Sun Conference-foe Kennesaw State 64-53 and win its second straight game.

Tyler White came off the bench for 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. Chad Jackson chipped in 10 points to go with eight boards and Ernest Watson pulled down 12 rebounds.

Northern Kentucky (6-11, 4-5) controlled the paint, holding a 37-28 rebounding advantage and outscoring Kennesaw State 24-20 inside.

The Norse shot 44.8 percent (13 of 29) in the first half for a 31-20 halftime lead. Kennesaw State, led by Aaron Anderson's 14 points and 10 rebounds, shot 33.3 percent (8 of 24) in the opening frame.

Kennesaw State (2-19, 1-8), who were without all-time leading scorer Markeith Cummings, trimmed the deficit to 44-41 with 6:05 remaining but never got any closer than three the rest of the way.

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.


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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.