Williams nets 15, Jackson State defeat MVSU 60-57

Williams nets 15, Jackson State defeat MVSU 60-57

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Christian Williams scored 15 points for Jackson State as the Tigers held on for a 60-57 victory over Mississippi Valley State Saturday night.

Jackson State (3-14, 2-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) led 58-52 with 29 seconds left, but Cameron Dobbs drained a 3, then Davon Usher hit two free throws for the Delta Devils (2-16, 3-6) to cut the deficit to 58-57 with 21 seconds remaining.

Matt Smith fouled Williams 14 seconds later, and Williams hit both foul shots for a 60-57 edge. Mississippi Valley State did not take a shot on the ensuing possession.

Usher paced the Delta Devils with 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting, plus 8 of 11 at the foul line. Smith added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Mississippi Valley State made 34.4 percent (21 of 61) from the field, including 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half while falling in a 27-22 halftime hole.

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PHOTOS: What the media attention on Rui Hachimura looks like at Wizards workouts

PHOTOS: What the media attention on Rui Hachimura looks like at Wizards workouts

WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.


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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.