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Western Illinois beats SIU-Edwardsville 55-38

Western Illinois beats SIU-Edwardsville 55-38

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Adam Link scored 14 points to help Western Illinois beat SIU-Edwardsville 55-38 on Saturday, extending their winning streak to four games.

Link was 6 of 10 from the field. Don McAvoy III had 11 points, and Terell Parks had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Leathernecks (7-3).

Western Illinois led 34-18 at halftime and had 23 points off turnovers. The Leathernecks shot 43.8 percent from the field for the game, while the Cougars shot 32.6 percent and had 19 turnovers.

Michael Messer had nine points to lead the Cougars (2-5). Jerome Jones had seven points and nine rebounds.

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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