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South Carolina Upstate defeats UTSA 88-77

South Carolina Upstate defeats UTSA 88-77

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Torrey Craig scored 31 points and South Carolina Upstate used an early 18-0 run to build a big halftime lead in an 88-77 victory over Texas-San Antonio Saturday.

The Spartans (4-5), who also got 15 points apiece from Adrian Rodgers and Ty Greene, led 43-22 at the half and avenged a 67-59 loss at Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 17.

Craig has scored in double figures in all nine games this season. The forward shot 9 for 15 from the floor, hitting two 3-pointers. Craig also was 11 for 14 at the foul line.

Greene's 15 points came on five treys in six attempts. South Carolina Upstate shot 61.2 percent from the field (30 of 49).

Kannon Burrage led Texas-San Antonio (3-6) with 25 points. Forward Jeromie Hill recorded a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds). Michael Hale III added 16 points as the trio scored 64 of UTSA's points.

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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