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Loyola, Md. beats Saint Peter's 61-55

Loyola, Md. beats Saint Peter's 61-55

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Anthony Winbush scored 16 points and Dylon Cormier added 15 as Loyola of Maryland beat Saint Peter's 61-55 on Saturday at the Izod Center.

Winbush and Julian Brooks both had eight rebounds for the Greyhounds (8-3, 1-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who finished with a 37-27 rebound advantage in snapping a two-game losing streak.

Desi Washington had 18 points for the Peacocks (4-5, 1-1), who have lost five of six.

Saint Peter's scored the first 13 points of the second half to take a 35-29 lead. Loyola used a 12-0 run to go up 43-38 with 9:50 left.

The Greyhounds were able to hold off the Peacocks by making 11 of 14 free throws over the final 6:33. Saint Peter's got within 58-55 with 1:01 to go. Robert Olson made two free throws with 17 seconds left and after a miss by the Peacocks, Cormier made one of two with 7.3 seconds to go.

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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