MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Marcos Knight notched 12 points as Middle Tennessee remained perfect in Sun Belt Conference action with a 75-57 win over North Texas Monday night.
Raymond Cintron added 11 points for the Blue Raiders (11-3, 3-0), who got points from 10 different players and shot 50 percent (31 of 62) from the field.
Middle Tennessee is now 8-0 at home this year and has won 19 straight at Murphy Center.
Tony Mitchell scored 13 points with 11 rebounds for his 14th career double-double for North Texas (5-9, 0-3).
The loss was the second straight for the Mean Green, who fall to 0-5 on the road.
Middle Tennessee jumped to a 21-6 lead over the first 12 minutes and cruised to a 37-24 halftime advantage. Mitchell scored four points on a 7-0 North Texas run to open the second half, but the Blue Raiders quickly rebuilt the lead and maintained it.
Before Wednesday's Wizards-Cavs game, J.R. Smith held the record for youngest NBA player to reach 900 career 3-pointers.
With 4:31 left in the opening quarter. Bradley Beal caught a pass from Otto Porter and knocked down his 900th career triple.
The 25-year-old is a career 39 percent 3-point shooter. Through 13 games this season, Beal is stroking it at 34 percent, but scoring in a variety of ways this season with an average of over 22 points per game.
Washington is looking for its third consecutive win.
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Braden Holtby will miss Wednesday’s game in Winnipeg due to an upper-body injury which will give Pheonix Copley his second start in as many nights. The team will also dress an emergency backup for the game. Isabelle Khurshudyan was the first to report the news.
In addition, Michal Kempny will miss Wednesday’s game as well due to an illness. He is considered day-to-day. Jonas Siegenthaler will get into the lineup for his second NHL game.
Pheonix Copley started Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild. He turned aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced for a .929 save percentage in the win.
It is unclear when the injury to Holtby occurred. Copley was a surprise start in Tuesday’s game, but if the team suspected Holtby could miss Wednesday, recalls from Hershey could have been made prior to now which would have prevented the need for an emergency backup.
The backup for the Capitals will be Gavin McHale, the goaltending coach for the women’s team at the University of Manitoba. McHale, 31, is in his second season at UM and is listed by the website Elite Prospects as 6-feet 7-inches. The last time he played competitively was in 2014-15 with the Warren Mecs of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League. This is not the first time he has been called upon in the NHL as he was an emergency NHL backup in the past for the Colorado Avalanche in February.
Depending on the length of Holtby’s issue, a call-up for either Ilya Samsonov or Vitek Vanecek could be a possibility. Vanecek has been out with an upper-body injury meaning Samsonov would be the most likely candidate should the Caps need him.
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