Hoops du Jour
SFU women at Vermont
Tipoff: 2 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, VT
Records: Saint Francis (1-5); Vermont (2-5).
Coaches: Keila Whittington is 1-5 in her first season at Saint Francis; Alisa Kresge is 13-23 in her second year at Vermont.
Leading scorers: Saint Francis – G Karson Swogger, 5-8 Jr. (11.2); Vermont – F Hanna Crymble, 6-3 Sr. (16.7).
Notes: Vermont leads the all-time series 1-0 by virtue of a 69-63 win on Dec. 2, 1988 … Saint Francis is playing its last of seventh straight to open the season on the road. They are one of five teams in the country who have yet to play a home game (Eastern Washington, Indiana State, Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are the others). The Red Flash return to DeGol Arena on Saturday to host Youngstown State at 2 p.m. … The Catamounts defeated Northeast Conference member Bryant, 71-66, on Nov. 17 … Josie Larkins also averages in double figures with 14.3 points per game in addition to dishing out 3.6 assists per contest … Crymble also leads Vermont in rebounds with 6.9 boards per game … Rose Caverly posted a career-high 20 points for the Catamounts in Friday’s loss to UMass.
Mirror prediction: Vermont 78, Saint Francis 63
Comment: The Red Flash will keep this game much closer than their last two. However, the Catamounts will have a little too much for SFU to overcome.
Mirror prediction record: 5-1
— Nate Ritchey
76ers 119, Pacers 116: Ben Simmons stole a game for the 76ers.
Simmons had three steals in the final 13.9 seconds to lead Philadelphia to a victory over the Indiana Pacers.
“I love being able to get steals and turn guys over,” said Simmons, who finished with 15 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals. ìI take pride in it and it gives us energy.”
The Pacers led 114-113 with a chance to go up more when Simmons intercepted T.J. Warrenís pass with 13.9 seconds remaining, then assisted Tobias Harris for a breakway dunk that gave Philadelphia the lead with 9.9 seconds remaining.
Bucks 137, Hornets 96: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points but his double-double streak ended at 19 games when he grabbed nine rebounds while playing only 20 minutes as the Milwaukee Bucks coasted to a victory over the Charlotte.
Milwaukee (17-3) won its 11th straight game and matched its highest point total of the season. The Bucks held a 17-point halftime lead and extended it to 101-75 entering the fourth quarter, allowing the reigning MVP to sit out the final period.
Antetokounpo’s streak of double-doubles to open a season left him short of Bill Walton’s record of 34 with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1976-77. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also had 29 for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975-76.
The Bucks put nine players in double figures and finished November with a franchise-best 15-1 record, losing only on a buzzer-beating shot in Utah on Nov. 8. Milwaukee has the league’s second-best record, behind the Los Angeles Lakers (17-2).
KINGS 100, NUGGETS 97: Sacramento coach Luke Walton views Harrison Barnes as a calming influence for the Kings, something that showed in a comeback win over Denver
Barnes scored six of his season-high 30 points in overtime, Buddy Hield hit two free throws with 9.5 seconds left and the Kings rallied to beat the Nuggets.
Barnes’ leadership has become much more valuable while Sacramento plays without injured starters De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III. He helped stabilize the Kings after they trailed by 17 at halftime, then came up big in overtime when he nearly outscored Denver by himself.
ROCKETS 158, HAWKS 111: James Harden scored a season-high 60 points in 31 minutes and the Houston Rockets sent the struggling Atlanta Hawks to their 10th straight loss with a 158-111 romp.
Harden came one point shy of matching his career high and franchise record on a night he made eight 3-pointers and 20 free throws. He watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench with Houston up 127-73 at the end of three.
It was his fourth career 60-point game, tying him with Michael Jordan for third-most in NBA history, trailing only Kobe Bryant (six) and Wilt Chamberlain (32). Harden is the only active player who has scored 60 points more than once.
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Top 25 Men
NO. 17 TENNESSEE 72, NO. 20 VCU 69: Tennessee coach Rick Barnes saved a timeout in the waning seconds against VCU, allowing the Volunteers to get to the frontcourt and inbound the ball with 1.7 seconds remaining in a tie game. And he knew he had a player he could count on in that situation.
Lamonte Turner hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the right corner, giving the 17th-ranked Volunteers a victory over No. 20 VCU in the Emerald Coast Classic third-place game on Saturday.
VCU’s De’Riante Jenkins hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to tie the game at 69-all. After the timeout, the Vols’ point guard took a pass from James Joshua-Jordan and got the shot off as the clock ran out.
NO. 25 XAVIER 87, LIPSCOMB 62: For the first time this season, No. 25 Xavier got to use its entire bench.
Tyrique Jones had his fourth double-double of the season, Paul Scruggs scored 15 points, and the Musketeers recovered from their first loss by beating Lipscomb.
The Musketeers (7-1) were coming off a 70-65 loss to Florida in the championship game of the Charleston Classic. Jones averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds during the tournament and kept up his dominance back at home.
Jones finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, leading a surge late in the first half that put Xavier in control. Naji Marshall scored nine consecutive points for Xavier in the second half and finished with 13 as the Musketeers piled up a season high in points.
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Top 25 Women
NO. 8 LOUISVILLE 72, NO. 1 OREGON: No. 8 Louisville handed top-ranked Oregon its first loss of the season, getting 18 points and 15 rebounds from Kylee Shook in a victory in the Paradise Jam tournament.
Dana Evans scored 17 points, Elizabeth Balogun had 11 points and Jazmine Jones scored 10 for the Cardinals (8-0) to claim the tournamentís Island Division title and give coach Jeff Walz a signature win.
Satou Sabally scored 21 points to lead four players in double figures for the Ducks (6-1), who led by as many as 11 points early before Louisville took control.
Minyon Moore added 15 points, Sabrina Ionescu scored 13 and Ruthy Hebard had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon, which trailed by nine points entering the fourth quarter.
The Ducks managed to close within six points twice, the last at 66-60 on Ionescuís 3-pointer with 1:32 left. Evans and Jones made 6 of 6 free throws to give Louisville some breathing room down the stretch.
No. 5 South Carolina 74, No. 2 Baylor 59: Freshman Aliyah Boston had a career-high 20 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 5 South Carolina pulled away in the fourth quarter to upset No. 2 Baylor at the Paradise Jam tournament.
Tyasha Harris also had 20 points and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan added 13 for the Gamecocks (8-1), who won the tournament’s Reef Division title.
NaLyssa Smith had 18 points and Te’a Cooper and Juicy Landrum added 10 apiece for the Bears (7-1), who had their 36-game winning streak snapped after top-ranked Oregon lost earlier Saturday.
NO. 7 OREGON STATE 68, LIBERTY 55: Kennedy Brown scored 16 points, and No. 7 Oregon State had to rally in the second half to beat Liberty and give coach Scott Rueck his 500th career win.
Not that many got to see Rueck’s milestone at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic. The arena was almost completely empty, with perhaps no more than 50 fans in attendance.
Mikayla Pivec scored 14 and Aleah Goodman had 13 for the Beavers (7-0), who went on an 11-1 run in the second half to take the lead for good.
Ashtyn Baker scored 15 for Liberty (2-6), which has lost 29 consecutive games against ranked opponents.
NO. 9 MARYLAND 90, BELMONT 26: Kaila Charles scored a season-high 20 points and Ashley Owusu posted career highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds as Maryland routed Belmont in the Daytona Beach Invitational.
Diamond Miller added 12 points and Stephanie Miller scored 11 as the Terrapins outscored the Bruins 42-0 during a 14-minute stretch of the second half. Maryland (7-1) has won six straight.
Cam Browning led the Bruins (3-4) with six points.
NO. 11 UCLA 61, UCF 56: Michaela Onyenwere scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and UCLA closed the game with a 15-3 run to rally past UCF at the Cavalier Classic.
The Bruins (6-0) were down 53-46 after Diamond Battles opened the fourth-quarter scoring with two free throws for the Knights (4-3).
Japreece Dean, who scored 19 points, opened a 9-0 surge with a 3-pointer and closed it with a layup that put UCLA up 55-53 at the 4:25 mark.
Sianni Martin led UCF with 22 points.
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