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Pepperdine tops Alabama State 66-58

Pepperdine tops Alabama State 66-58

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jett Raines posted 11 points and a career-high eight rebounds as Pepperdine defeated Alabama State 66-58 Wednesday in the opening round of the Tulane Classic.

Stacy Davis and Jorne Jackson also had 11 points while Jordan Baker chipped in 10. Raines, a freshman, made all four of his shots from the field and all three free throw attempts.

Alabama State (1-10) took its first lead of the game, 12-11, following a Joshua Freelove 3-pointer. But Pepperdine retook the lead behind an 11-4 run. Raines capped the spurt with a three-point play as Pepperdine (7-4) led 23-15 and took a 30-21 advantage into halftime.

The Hornets cut the deficit to 50-44 with 5:13 left to play, but Baker made a free throw and a 3-pointer and Davis hit a jumper to help Pepperdine pull away.

Pepperdine shot a season-high 53.8 percent (21 of 39).

Freelove led Alabama State with 14 points.

Daryl Dike's incredible goals leads UVA to the national championship game

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Daryl Dike's incredible goals leads UVA to the national championship game

It's never too late for a beautiful strike.

In the national semifinals between Virginia and Wake Forest, Hoos' leading scorer Daryl Dike, scored a goal for the ages. 

Dike tracked this ball perfectly and buried it past Andrew Pannenberg on his first touch.

Dike wasn't done there, stretching the lead to 2-0 with this beauty of a header:

Next up for UVA is the national championship title game Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m., where they'll face off with Georgetown in Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday. 

Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58. 

In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."

Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement

"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily

Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star: 

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