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UNC Asheville beats Lenoir-Rhyne 66-55

UNC Asheville beats Lenoir-Rhyne 66-55

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Keith Hornsby hit four 3-pointers en route to 21 points and UNC Asheville held off Lenoir-Rhyne 66-55 Wednesday.

Jeremy Atkinson had 12 points and eight rebounds and D.J. Cunningham tallied 10 points and seven boards for the Bulldogs, who held a 39-37 rebounding edge. UNC Asheville shot 52.1 percent (25 of 48), compared to just 35.4 percent (23 of 65) for Lenoir Rhyne.

The Bulldogs (3-6) opened the game on a 16-9 run but watched Lenoir-Rhyne rally and take a 27-26 lead into halftime. The game remained tight over the first 13 minutes of the second half but Trent Myers hit a 3-pointer to break open a 42-all tie, sparking a 24-13 run for UNC Asheville over the final seven minutes.

Hornsby and Atkinson combined for 13 points during the stretch.

Allan Jones came off the bench for 12 points for Lenoir-Rhyne, which counted the game as an exhibition.

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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