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Providence tops NJIT 64-63

Providence tops NJIT 64-63

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) LaDonte Henton scored 24 points to lead Providence past New Jersey Institute of Technology 64-63 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Friars' starting point guard Vincent Council was injured 5 minutes into the game and did not return.

The game started out sloppy for both teams. Providence shot 3 for 14 from 3-point range, and the Highlanders tallied nine turnovers.

Providence came out firing in the second half, establishing a double-digit lead midway through. Chris Flores and Ryan Woods combined for a 15-5 NJIT run, giving the Highlanders a 63-62 lead.

Bryce Cotton tied the game at 63-63 with a free throw with 2:19 left.

Neither team scored again until the last minute, when Flores fouled Bryce Cotton, sending him back to the line with 5 seconds left. Cotton hit one of two to put the Friars up for good.

Flores finished with 28 points and Woods 19.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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