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Needham, Fairfield pull away from Milwaukee 62-46

Needham, Fairfield pull away from Milwaukee 62-46

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Derek Needham scored 13 points and Amadou Sidibe had 12 points and nine rebounds as Fairfield defeated Milwaukee 62-46 Wednesday night in a nonconference game.

Maurice Barrow chipped in 10 points and three steals for Fairfield, which had 12 steals. Needham finished with seven assists, more than Milwaukee (4) managed as a team.

The Stags (6-5) took a 23-21 lead into the break after a back-and-forth first half that featured six lead changes. Milwaukee (3-7) missed 8 of 10 shots and committed three turnovers over the first nine minutes of the second half as Fairfield opened up a 43-26 advantage and began pull away.

Kyle Kelm paced the Panthers with 13 points and 14 boards.

Justin Jenkins, who had nine points, went 0 for 8 in his first seven games this year, but has made eight of his last 12 field-goal attempts over the last three contests.

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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