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Swing nets 18, UAB tops South Alabama 92-78

Swing nets 18, UAB tops South Alabama 92-78

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jordan Swing led five Alabama-Birmingham players in double figures with 18 points as the Blazers topped South Alabama 92-78 Saturday night.

The nonconference win snapped a two-game losing streak for UAB (5-5), which got 17 points from Fahro Alihodzic, 14 from Preston Purifoy, 13 from Robert Williams and 12 from Isiah Jones. Jones also had eight assists, and Williams grabbed eight rebounds.

Augustine Rubit paced the Jaguars (4-5) with 24 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

South Alabama has now lost three straight.

UAB opened on an 11-2 run capped by Swing's jumper with 15:02 left in the first half. The Blazers led by as many as 21 in the first half, shooting 51.3 percent (20 of 39) from the field and hitting 5 of 11 3-pointers for a 46-27 halftime advantage.

UAB outscored South Alabama 44-28 in the paint and 12-2 on fast breaks.

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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