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Rio Grande never trails in 67-65 win over Campbell

Rio Grande never trails in 67-65 win over Campbell

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) D.D. Joiner scored a game-high 23 points, including the first two points of the game, and Rio Grande never trailed throughout a 67-65 victory over Campbell Wednesday night in a nonconference upset.

Rio Grande, an NAIA Division II team from Ohio, opened the game on a 14-2 run and led 42-34 at halftime. Joiner, who grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double, was 5 for 9 on 3-pointers while Rio Grande (5-7) shot 8 for 23 overall from beyond the arc.

Campbell (3-7) had three players in double figures, led by Trey Freeman with 18 points. Leek Leek came off the bench to score 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting, hitting both of his 3-point attempts and his only free throw. Darian Hooker added 12 points.

Campbell got within two points in the final minute. But Karl Moore's steal and basket with 13 seconds left were decisive, offsetting a last-second Campbell basket.

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks is begging Otto Porter Jr. to shoot more 3-pointers

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks is begging Otto Porter Jr. to shoot more 3-pointers

Scott Brooks is doing just about everything he can to get Otto Porter Jr. to shoot the ball.

The Washington Wizards coach doesn't know how to convince Porter to take more shots -- especially when he's open -- instead of passing the ball. So he jokingly tried to enlist the help of reporters Monday at the team's media day. 

"I know you guys aren't trying to do me any favors here, but if you guys can do me one favor, just yell at him every time he doesn't shoot the ball," Brooks said. "I mean, just scream at him and ask him questions about that every time. 'Otto, why don't you shoot?' He needs to shoot more."

Throughout his five years with the Wizards, Porter's 3-point shooting percentage has progressively improved. In the 2017-18 NBA season, he was shooting 44.1 percent from beyond the arc -- up from 43.4 in 2016-17 and 36.7 in 2015-16. Last year, his field goal percentage was also at 50.3 percent.

But it sounds like Brooks thinks those numbers could be higher if Porter would just take advantage of the open looks.  Brooks estimated the 6-foot-8, 198-pound forward passes up three or four good shots per game.

"I tell him, I can't make it any greener for him," the head coach said. "It's green, shoot. Shoot the ball every time you get an open shot. Do not hesitate. He's one of the best perimeter shooters in the league, and we need more threes.

"We want to shoot more threes this year. We've been trying to do that for two years, and we've got one of our best shooters passing up shots."

While speaking exclusively with NBC Sports Washington at media day, Porter said he's been working with the coaches to see "where I can be more aggressive, where I can help this team get to the next level."

That surely means always having an eye on the basket.

However, Brooks said it's hard to fault Porter for wanting to help get his teammates the ball. But he needs the small forward to be selfish sometimes. 

"It's frustrating, but I love what he does," Brooks added. "He's about team, so he's doing the right thing, you know, always looking for the next play. But to me, sometimes the right thing is taking your best shooter and making sure he shoots shots.

"He's had a great summer, and we're looking forward to him continuing to improve his game."

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Ravens Week 3 Player of the Game: LB Kenny Young

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Ravens Week 3 Player of the Game: LB Kenny Young

What the Ravens have lost in three-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley due to injury, they've gained in rookie Kenny Young.

Week 2 against the Bengals, Young stepped in for Mosley and put up five solo tackles and three assists. Then when Week 3 came around and Mosley was still too injured to play, Young got the start and logged 44 snaps. He finished with eight solo tackles, two assists and a critical third-down sack on Broncos quarterback Case Keenum in the second quarter. Young's stingy performance helped fuel a stellar defensive effort in the Ravens' 27-14 victory.

A fourth-round draft pick out of UCLA, Young has the maturity needed to succeed in this league.

Obsessed with perfection, as noted in a profile done via the Ravens' website, Young is already impressing his coaches and veteran teammates. 

He’s a smart guy, so he doesn’t get overwhelmed by a mistake,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s not scared to make a mistake. He’s willing to play fast even if he does make a mistake. And sometimes, some of the plays you see him making? He might not be perfectly where he’s supposed to be, but that willingness to play fast overcomes it, and you go make a good football play.

While the timetable for Mosely's return is unknown, the Ravens can find solace in knowing their young replacement is a steady hand.

The 23-year-old currently leads the team in tackles (17), followed by Tony Jefferson (12). 

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