Magic Roll To 115-103 Win, Hand Knicks 5th Straight Loss
NEW YORK (AP) — Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 23 points, Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon each had 22 and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 115-103 victory Monday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their fifth straight game.
Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 13 rebounds and fellow reserve Elfrid Payton added 13 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who were routed in their previous two games but totally turned things around against a Knicks team that played without Kristaps Porzingis or much defensive intensity.
Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who have dropped eight of 10 to fall to 16-18.
Two nights after yielding a season-worst 69 points in the first half to James Harden and Houston, the Knicks surrendered 67 to the Magic. Orlando opened a 17-point cushion late in the third quarter on a basket by Ibaka, who had 11 points in the period.
Hayward scores 30 points, Jazz beat Nets 101-89
NEW YORK (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Utah Jazz pull away to beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Monday night.
Rodney Hood and Shelvin Mack also scored 15 points each for the Jazz.
Trevor Booker led the Nets with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Brook Lopez scored 14 points.
The game was tied 70-70 after three quarters, but Utah's Joe Ingles and Raul Neto opened the fourth with consecutive buckets and the Jazz never trailed again. They extended their lead to 89-78 on Hood's layup with 6:11 left, but the Nets pulled to 91-86 on Lopez's dunk with 3:11 remaining.
Utah countered with a 9-1 run and took a game-high 13 point lead on Mack's jumper with 1:09 left.
Foulland has 20 and 12, Bucknell holds off Army
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Nana Foulland had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Zach Thomas added 19 points and Bucknell held off Army 84-76 on Monday night.
The Bison (10-5, 2-0 Patriot League), led by a dozen at halftime, 16 with 14:27 to play and 10 with 5:27 to go. But the Black Knights (6-8, 0-2) couldn't get closer than six after a John Emezie layup with 3:08 to play. Foulland answered with a free throw and Army came up empty on two possessions before Thomas made a free throw.
Matthew Wilson had a tip-in for Army but Thomas broke free for a quick layup to make it 80-72.
Avi Toomer added 11 points for Bucknell with Stephen Brown and Kimbal MacKenzie adding 10 each. Brown had seven assists.
Jordan Fox had 26 points for Army and Wilson had 15.
The Bison shot 51 percent and went 16 of 26 from the foul line while Army went 8 of 28 on 3-pointers, shooting 45 percent overall and making just 8 of 12 free throws.
Dixon leads Quinnipiac in 81-78 comeback win over Niagara
NIAGRA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Mikey Dixon scored five of his 23 points in the final minute, Peter Kiss added 18, and Quinnipiac rallied late to beat Niagara 81-78 on Monday night, ending a two-game skid.
Donovan Smith scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Daniel Harris had 12 boards, and the Bobcats (5-8, 2-1 Metro Atlantic ) outrebounded Niagara 52-45 and made 16 of 20 free throws
Trailing by four points at halftime, Quinnipiac rallied to a 77-76 lead on a 12-0 run capped by Dixon's 3-pointer with 57 seconds left. Niagara led 78-77 on Shane Gatling's layup with 38 seconds to go, but Dixon hit a jumper and Reggie Oliver added a pair of free throws after a turnover with 11 seconds left. The Purple Eagles' final 3 was off the mark.
Kahlil Dukes scored 11 points, Marvin Prochet added 10 and the Purple Eagles led 41-37 at the half.
Chris Barton and Prochet scored 15 apiece, Dukes and Dominic Robb had 13 each, and Gatling added 12 for Niagara (4-10, 1-2).
Albany wins final non-conference game against Cornell
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — David Nichols scored 16 points and Albany got past in-state rival Cornell 69-59 in its final non-conference tune-up on Monday night before opening America East Conference play.
Nichols led the team with five assists. Travis Charles hit 7 of 10 from the field for 14 points and Joe Cremo added 11 points for the Great Danes (9-6).
Albany was out shot by the Big Red 44.9 percent to 43.5 percent and hit six fewer 3-pointers (10-4). But the Great Danes held a 44-23 advantage on the glass, including 16 to 1 on the offensive end, which led in part to a plus-13 advantage in overall field goal attempts.
Darryl Smith scored 13 points to lead Cornell (3-11).
Albany led by just four, 62-58, with 3:02 to play. But four Nichols free throws bookended a 7-0 run, which also included a Cremo 3, to put the Big Red away.
WILLIAMS & MARY-HOFSTRA
Dixon hits NBA-range 3 before OT buzzer, William & Mary wins
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Daniel Dixon nailed a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer just before the overtime buzzer and William & Mary beat Hofstra 95-93 on Monday.
Hofstra had a 93-92 lead with its leading scorer Justin Wright-Foreman at the line with 10 seconds left but he missed two. William & Mary looked lost on its possession but Dixon was fouled far from the basket with 1.2 seconds left. The Tribe wasn't in the bonus, so Dixon took an inbounds pass and sank an NBA-range 3.
Dixon finished with 25 points for William & Mary (7-6, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association). Omar Prewitt had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Deron Powers hit a pull-up 3-pointer with 1:12 left in regulation to give Hofstra an 84-83 lead. But Dixon answered with a 3 from the wing for a two-point advantage. After a timeout with 41.8 seconds left, Powers drove the right side of the lane to tie it at 86. William & Mary dribbled down the clock before Dixon missed a 3.
Wright-Foreman, a sophomore, led Hofstra (9-6, 1-1) with a career-high 30 points.
Columbia hits season-high 13 3s in 98-73 rout of Maine
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Luke Petrasek scored 22 points, Mike Smith had 21 and the duo combined to make six of Columbia's season-high 13 3-pointers in a 98-73 victory over Maine on Monday.
Petrasek was just 6 of 15 from the floor but hit 7 of 8 free-throw attempts and Smith scored 21 for the second straight game.
Quinton Adlesh buried a 3 from the wing to put Columbia up by 20 points with 11:16 left and the Lions never looked back.
Jake Killingsworth added 12 points for Columbia (5-7) and Jeff Coby grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds. The Lions, who were 13 of 29 from distance and 21 of 30 at the line, snapped a two-game slide.
The Lions led 49-39 at the break after making eight 3-pointers and grabbing nine offensive rebounds. Petrasek had 14 points and six rebounds, and Smith added 12 points.
Danny Evans led Maine (4-11) with a career-high 16 points and Marko Pirovic added 13. The Black Bears lost their fifth straight.
APNewsBreak: Bills owner outlines reasons he fired Rex Ryan
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula has full confidence in general manager Doug Whaley's ability to turn around his franchise, and outlined the reasons coach Rex Ryan was fired in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
Pegula says he's disappointed in having to change coaches after only two years, but says he had no other choice to fire Ryan after the Bills defense showed few signs of progress during the season.
Pegula said during a 17-minute phone interview with The AP on Monday: "None of us are happy with the season."
Pegula spoke a day after the Bills (7-9) closed the season with a 30-10 loss at the New York Jets and extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 17 years.
Canisius holds off Siena 82-79 for 6th straight victory
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kassius Robertson scored 21 points, Jermaine Crumpton added 16 and Canisius held off Siena 82-79 on Monday for its sixth straight victory.
It's Canisius' longest winning streak since the 1998-99 season.
Crumpton went 1 of 2 from the line with 1:33 left for a seven-point lead, but the Golden Griffins didn't score again. Siena cut it to 82-79 after a 3-pointer by Marquis Wright with 36.9 seconds left. Malik Johnson missed two free throws with 24.2 seconds remaining to open the door, but Evan Fisher and Nico Clareth both missed 3s in the closing seconds.
Spencer Foley added 15 points for Canisius (9-5, 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
The Golden Griffins, who hadn't played a game in 11 days, shot 58.6 percent in the first half and led 46-39.
Javion Ogunyemi had 19 points and eight rebounds for Siena (4-10, 1-2). Brett Bisping added 17 points and nine boards, and Wright scored 15 points with seven assists.
American beats Colgate in OT despite missing 18 FT attempts
HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Mark Gasperini had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and American overcame poor free-throw shooting to beat Colgate 67-64 in overtime on Monday.
The Eagles were just 13 of 31 (41.9 percent) at the stripe, including 2 of 6 in the final 40 seconds of regulation.
American was up by two and had Delante Jones at the line with eight seconds left in regulation, but he missed two. Colgate grabbed the rebound and Sean O'Brien's turnaround jumper bounced high off the rim and it fell through to tie it. He was fouled on the play but his free throw with 0.9 seconds left was short.
Colgate didn't make its first field goal of overtime until Tom Rivard's basket in the lane at the 1:04 mark. After Alex Paquin missed two free throws, Rivard completed a 3-point play to tie it at 64. American split a pair at the line on its next three possessions — the last with five seconds left — and Colgate had a decent look at the buzzer but Francisco Amiel's 3 was off the mark.
Sa'eed Nelson and Jones added 10 points apiece for American (4-9, 1-1 Patriot League).
O'Brien had five 3-pointers and 21 points, and Will Rayman scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half for Colgate (3-12, 1-1).
Marshall wants to return to Jets after 'frustrating' season
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Marshall says this was his "most frustrating year" as an NFL player, with losses, injuries and in-fighting marring the New York Jets' season.
Despite that, the 32-year-old wide receiver said Monday that he wants to play next season — and hopes it's with the Jets.
Marshall's future with the franchise is uncertain since he is due $7.5 million next season and the team can save the entire amount on the salary cap if it cuts him. He is one of a handful of veterans who could be salary-cap casualties during the offseason, but Marshall indicated he would accept a pay cut to return to the Jets.
Marshall was inactive Sunday against Buffalo with a hip injury but played through a sprained knee ligament and sprained foot for most of the season.
Cobb, Milin help Fairfield hold off Iona 93-87
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Curtis Cobb scored 22 points, Matija Milin a career-high 21, and Fairfield held off Iona 93-87 on Monday.
Tyler Nelson had 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Jerome Segura had 15, six and seven for the Stags (7-5, 2-1 Metro Atlantic). Jerry Johnson had 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Fairfield led 45-36 at the half and kept fending off the Gaels until a layup by Jordan Washington put Iona up 82-81 with 2:37 to play. Fairfield scored the next seven, twice cashing in on second chances to go up 88-82 with 39 seconds left. Segura had two free throws with 26 seconds to go and Cobb made 4 of 4 free throws from there to secure the win.
Washington made 11 of 15 shots and had 28 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Iona (9-6, 2-2) and Rickey McGill added 15.
Marist defeats Manhattan 90-88, scoring first 6 points in OT
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Funk opened with a 3-pointer and Tobias Sjoberg added a three-point play as Marist scored the first six points of overtime to defeat Manhattan 90-88 on Monday night.
Khalid Hart led the Hawks with 21 points before fouling out and Brian Parker added 19 points with six assists in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference battle. Marist (5-10, 2-2), which led by as many as eight in the extra period, capitalized on a Manhattan turnover and missed field goal to begin OT.
Thomas Capuano made the back end of a two-shot foul to knot the game at 74 for Manhattan (5-9, 0-3), forcing overtime, and Marist missed three shots in the final 21 seconds of regulation. In addition to Hart, Sjoberg and Kentrall Brooks also fouled out for Marist.
Calvin Crawford led the Jaspers with 18 points; Zane Waterman had 17 and Capuano 11. Waterman, Capuano and Ahmed Ismail fouled out for Manhattan.