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North Texas edges Florida Atlantic 61-59 in OT

North Texas edges Florida Atlantic 61-59 in OT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Tony Mitchell had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead North Texas to a 61-59 overtime victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.

The Mean Green's Roger Franklin's layup at the buzzer tied it at 53 in regulation.

Jordan Williams scored 14 points and Roger Franklin 12 for the Mean Green (8-12, 3-6), who had lost three of four coming in.

Greg Gantt led the Owls (10-10, 5-4) with 22 points, and Stefan Moody chipped in 12.

Florida Atlanta led 30-25 on Gantt's two free throws 2:07 into the second half, but North Texas caught the Owls at 39-all on Tony Mitchell's dunk with 7:48 left. It was close the rest of the way.

North Texas' P.J. Hardwick made two free throws for a 55-53 advantage 21 seconds into overtime, and Florida Atlantic never caught up. Hardwick's free throw with 21 seconds left gave North Texas the final margin.

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Bradley Beal's dominance left Cavaliers fans wondering what could have been

Bradley Beal's dominance left Cavaliers fans wondering what could have been

The Wizards may be 15-29, on pace for fewer wins than last year and sport the worst defense in the league by a wide margin, but Wizards fans can find solace in one simple fact. 

They aren't the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Heat one night before, the Wizards waltzed to their easiest win of the season. Bradley Beal was unguardable, Davis Bertans caught fire from three and Cleveland's top-five pick, Darius Garland had another rough shooting night. 

Suffice to say, Cavs fans weren't feeling great after the game last night. Here are some reactions we felt Wizards fans would want to see. 

Sad fans wanting to jump ship

"Absolutely disgraceful performance. In all my years as a fan of this team, I’ve never seen a group of players so lazy and pathetic. I’m taking my fan-hood to San Antonio where it looks like they know how to run a basketball team," said @FreakySportz

"Why do I continue to watch this team smh," wrote @cmcgoingal98

"PLAYERS DON'T CARE!! THIS GARBAGE IS UNREAL!!" @El_Matador92 screamed through his keyboard

"This is a wasted season... They need to trade [Kevin] Love now. He isn't a difference-maker," said @chanowski_j

What could have been with Bradley Beal

Beal had 36 points and eight assists on 15-22 shooting against the Cavs Thursday night. Nobody on Cleveland's roster could contain him, and after the game, it had Cavs fans wondering what could have been if Beal fell past the Wizards in the 2012 NBA Draft.

"We missed him by one spot in the draft," wrote @Hockey_Wolf

 

"I love Bradley Beal's game," said @The Real_DiO

"Beal 15-22 from the floor. You have to go into the game knowing he's the primary scorer. How many wide-open looks did he get?" wrote @CLESportPrspctv

"Not much you can do when a team is that committed to getting their star open shots. And Beal is great when free to shoot or drive... Wizards just were committed and determined to get him free," said @KirkLOB

Love brings Beal back to life

The best moment of the night came after Beal took a charge in the second half and laid flat on his back once he got hit. Then Love came over and did his best to revive the star shooting guard. 

Naturally, the jokes were flying at the Cavs' expense. 

"Love is so ready to be traded lol," wrote @ife_any

"Someone needs to revive Kevin Love's career," said @JRaviloi

"Should've left him for dead. Did you see what he did to us last night?" wrote @Belasic_Mark

"Highlight of the night," said @MomOnWarpath

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William & Mary will retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

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William & Mary will retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

Former William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton will have his Tribe legacy officially honored on Feb. 15, when the program will hold a ceremony to raise to the rafters and retire his No. 3 jersey the school announced Friday.

The ceremony for the program’s all-time leading scorer and 2014-15 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American will be held at halftime of William & Mary’s game against Delaware at Kaplan Arena.

“Feb. 15 is going to be a memorable day at Kaplan Arena as we honor Marcus by adding his No. 3 to its rightful place in W&M lore,” Athletic Director Samantha Huge said. “We look forward to Tribe fans joining us as we honor a Tribe basketball icon.”

Thornton’s No. 3 jersey will be the sixth in the rafters at Kaplan Arena, joining Keith Cieplicki’s No. 14, Bill Chambers’ No. 32, Chet Giermak’s No. 32, John Lowenhaupt’s No. 42 and Jeff Cohen’s No. 52.

During his four-year career with the Tribe spanning from 2011-2015, Thornton broke several program records. He leads William & Mary’s program in scoring (2,178 points), made 3-pointers (325), games played (127), minutes played (4,328), minutes per game (34.1) and made threes per game (2.55).

Thornton was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year during his senior season, when he averaged 20 points per game. He was the first Tribe player to garner that honor in program history.

After that year, the Boston Celtics selected Thornton in the second round of the NBA Draft with the 45th pick.

Since being drafted, Thornton has spent time on summer league teams for the Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder, and played in the NBA G-League. His career has included international stops in Australia, Italy, China, Turkey and South Korea. He currently plays professionally in the France Jeep Elite A League with Elan Chalon.

“I’m excited and looking forward to returning to William & Mary to celebrate this great moment with those who have helped along the way — family, friends and, of course, the Tribe family,” Thornton said in the press release.