CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) Jackson Stevenett scored 15 points, leading six Southern Utah players in double digits, and the Thunderbirds beat San Diego Christian 95-65 Saturday night.
Stevenett had eight rebounds and was 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Damon Heuir and Wade Collie had 13 points apiece. Jayson Cheesman had 12 points, nine rebounds. Jaren Jeffery and Jordon Johnson had 10 points apiece for the Thunderbirds (2-6).
The Thunderbirds started with a dunk by Jeffery and never trailed. After leading 40-31 at halftime, Southern Utah shot 63 percent from the field in the second half, 55.9 percent for the game.
San Diego Christian, an NAIA school, shot 32.8 percent from the field for the game.
Kwaminique Brandon led the Hawks (3-8) with 15 points. Derrick Thompson added 13. Kevin Dawson had 12 points, five rebounds. Andy Saharan led the team in the first half, scoring all 11 of his points.
A sluggish start and a handful of woefully inefficient defensive efforts had the Wizards looking for answers early into the 2018-19 NBA season.
But making a major trade was not something the Washington front office was willing to do. As the Jimmy Butler saga reached its climax in Minneapolis, the Timberwolves reportedly attempted to strike of a conversation with the Wizards regarding Bradley Beal.
The details, reported by Marc Stein in his latest New York Times newsletter (via ProBasketballTalk), are minimal, but it sounds like the Wizards quickly brushed the discussion aside as Beal has remained off-limits in their eyes.
Word is the Wolves did try to engage Washington — another team falling well short of expectations — in trade talks for the sharpshooting guard Bradley Beal. But the Wizards have kept Beal off limits amid their 4-9 start. They would naturally prefer to trade the struggling Otto Porter, or perhaps even John Wall, but both possess hard-to-move contracts.
Otto Porter, like many of his teammates, started the season in the wrong direction. But trading Porter is a tricky situation, one the Wizards organization probably doesn't want to pursue given the contract he was signed to just over a year ago. Trying to trade John Wall would be even more difficult.
Ultimately, the Timberwolves dealt Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards rattled off weekend wins over ht eHeat and Magic, and while not equal to making a blockbuster trade, it does show that the Wizards can make an internal fix to what ails them.
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It took just one period into his first game of the season for Tom Wilson to score a goal. Unfortunately, it also took him just one period to get a reputation penalty called against him.
And somehow, they both happened on the same play.
In a very “this could only happen to Wilson” moment, Wilson crashed the net in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Wild looking for a tip-in on a pass from Dmitry Orlov. He is engaged by defenseman Ryan Suter from behind on the play. Wilson gets his stick on the ice to tip it in for the goal but is pushed into goalie Devan Dubnyk which knocks the netminder’s helmet off and left him down on the ice for several moments.
So now, if you’re the referee, you have a call to make. Either Wilson was pushed into Dubynk meaning the play is legal and the goal counts or Wilson is guilty of crashing into the goalie and guilty of goalie interference which would negate the goal and possibly give Wilson a two-minute minor.
The referees went with Option C: All of the above.
The goal counted, but Wilson was also given a two-minute minor for goalie interference.
Tuesday’s game is Wilson’s first of the season after a neutral arbitrator reduced his 20-game suspension. The image of Wilson celebrating a goal over a sprawled goalie will likely cause some grumbling amongst the Wilson detractors.
It should be noted, however, that Minnesota did not challenge the goal for goalie interference and the goal was allowed to stand. You have to think that if Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau thought he had a chance of getting that goal overturned, he would have taken it.
Instead, Wilson was given the goal...and somehow the penalty for goalie interference on the same play.
Only Tom Wilson.
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