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Regan scores 26 to lead Buffalo by Niagara 77-67

Regan scores 26 to lead Buffalo by Niagara 77-67

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Will Regan scored 26 points and Jarod Oldham had 18 to lead Buffalo to a 77-67 victory over Niagara on Saturday night.

Regan shot 8 of 11 from the field, 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and 7 of 7 from the foul line for the Bulls (4-7). Tony Watson also scored 14 for Buffalo.

Juan'ya Green led the Purple Eagles (3-6) with 23 points, Antoine Mason scored 18 and T.J. Cline 10.

Buffalo never trailed in the second half, but Ameen Tanksley made two free throws to close the game to 56-54 with 10:18 remaining. Watson made a 3-pointer for a 62-56 advantage with 7:41 to go, and the Purple Eagles never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Buffalo led 30-28 with 1:49 to go in the first half and used a 7-0 run to take a 37-28 halftime advantage.

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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