Mason helps Chattanooga top Utah Valley 76-69

Mason helps Chattanooga top Utah Valley 76-69

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Z. Mason scored a career-high 26 points and tied his career best with 13 rebounds as Chattanooga pulled away from Utah Valley 76-69 Saturday night to win its 15th Dr Pepper Classic crown.

The Mocs (5-8), who have won four of the past five Dr Pepper tournaments, overcame a career-high 37-point performance by the Wolverines' Holton Hunsaker.

Chattanooga led by seven at the 2:01 mark and 30-27 at the break, but the second half went back and forth.

After Hunsaker's 3 gave Utah Valley (7-9) a 56-55 lead with 7:05 left, the Mocs launched a 10-2 run, with Ronrico White hitting two 3-pointers in the spurt.

The Wolverines could get no closer than four the rest of the way and were outrebounded 48-33.

White and Gee McGhee scored 11 points apiece for Chattanooga, which has won three straight since a four-game skid.

Ben Aird had 13 rebounds for Utah Valley.

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16 years ago with the Wizards, Michael Jordan became the NBA's first 40-year-old to score 40 points

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16 years ago with the Wizards, Michael Jordan became the NBA's first 40-year-old to score 40 points

Sixteen years ago Michael Jordan delivered one of the most memorable performances of his two-year stint with the Washington Wizards. 

On February 21, 2003, Jordan dropped 43 points four days after his 40th birthday. The mark made the Jordan the first player older than 40 to record 40 points or more in a contest. 

It was also the fifth-most points he ever scored in a Wizards uniform. 

The record was made against the then-New Jersey Nets. Throughout the entire game the two teams went back-and-forth with 13 ties and 17 lead changes. That was until the Hall of Famer put the game away for Washington with the final go-ahead basket with 34 seconds to go. 

The Wizards won 89-86. 

"We hadn't really been playing well and coach has been really disappointed in the way we play and I had to take the leadership. I had to do everything I had to do to get this team to understand what winning is all about," Jordan said.

The 43 points was scored on 18-for-30 shooting, all within the 3pt arc. In the third quarter alone he scored 14 of the team's 25 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double in the contest with four steals, three assists and a block.

All 13 seasons of Jordan's career he had incredible feats. The season prior he recorded his final 50-point game at 38 years of age, which is also the oldest anyone's ever been to reach 50 points. And that came two months after he returned from retirement. 

The 2002-03 season was his last and this display was an attempt for Jordan to return to the postseason one final time. He had not been there since he was with the Chicago Bulls in 1998. 

"I've only got 28 games left in my career. I do whatever I've got to do to get into the playoffs."

Ultimately the Wizards did not make it to the playoffs with Jordan, but he sure left his mark on the organization. 


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NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Orr visits Nationals Spring Training

NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Orr visits Nationals Spring Training

Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, visited Nationals spring training at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches today.

Players and staff introduced themselves individually to the Hall of Famer, who was ushered around by GM Mike Rizzo.

Orr also was given a Nationals hat and pullover with his number (4) on it.