Sports Update for Nov. 27

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UC Riverside needs another run to pull away from Longwood

RIVERSIDE (AP) — George Willborn III scored 12 points with 12 rebounds and Dragan Elkaz scored 15 off the bench and UC Riverside beat Longwood 71-58 on Tuesday night.
Dominick Pickett scored 14 and Callum McCrae scored 13 with nine rebounds for the Highlanders (5-2) which won their third straight and are unbeaten in four games at home.
The Highlanders were poised for a blowout and raced to a 17-0 lead, but the Lancers (4-3) quickly recovered with a 19-5 run and closed to 22-19. UC Riverside went to intermission with a 31-26 lead. A 6-0 Longwood run to start the half gave it their first lead of the game.
After the lead exchanged hands, McCrae made a layup with 8:04 to go, UC Riverside led 43-42 and never trailed again. Elkaz buried three 3-pointers in a 2½-minute span, Pickett, Zyon Pullin and Khyber Kabellis added 3s in consecutive trips and UC Riverside extended the lead to 14 with a minute left.
Deshaun Wade led Longwood with 12 points, Juan Munoz scored 11 and Jordan Cintron 10.

Stephen F. Austin stuns No. 1 Duke, 85-83 in OT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — With a breakaway layup at the overtime buzzer, Stephen F. Austin pulled off a shocker for the ages and did what no team outside the ACC had done in almost 20 years — topple mighty Duke at home.
The underdog Lumberjacks and their high-pressure defense took over at Cameron Indoor Stadium as No. 1 Duke lost its grip on everything: The ball, the game, its prized home-court winning streak and, ultimately, the nation’s top ranking.
Stephen F. Austin stunned the Blue Devils 85-83 in overtime Tuesday night, with Nathan Bain’s coast-to-coast layup just before time expired bringing a jarring end to Duke’s 150-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.
“I told our players, ‘Banners can’t beat us tonight,'” SFA coach Kyle Keller said. “The players have to beat us.”
Representing the little-known Southland Conference, the Lumberjacks became the first non-Atlantic Coast Conference school to beat Duke at Cameron since St. John’s in February 2000, and the second unranked squad to upset a No. 1 team on its home floor in two weeks after Evansville went into Rupp Arena and knocked off Kentucky 67-64.
Duke had the ball late in overtime, but Tre Jones missed a jumper with about 15 seconds left and Wendell Moore rebounded it for the Blue Devils. Hounded by the Lumberjacks’ active defense, Jones threw a bounce pass toward the baseline that got broken up, and the ball kicked away from Matthew Hurt in a scramble with around three seconds to go.
Gavin Kensmil snatched it on the ground and passed from the seat of his pants to Bain, who split two Blue Devils players and went nearly the length of the floor for a buzzer-beating layup with Duke forward Jack White in futile pursuit.
“I looked up at the clock and saw I had 2.6 seconds, just going as fast as I can to lay it up. Like a layup drill. Prayed it would go in,” Bain said. “I wasn’t sure if the guy was going to foul me or not. Get it on the rim to give us a chance.”
Kevon Harris scored 26 points and Kensmil added 15 for the Lumberjacks (5-1).
“It means the world,” Harris said.

UCLA pulls away to beat Chaminade 74-48 at Maui Invitational

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — UCLA fumbled its way through the first half, giving the Maui Invitational’s upset specialist all they needed: a chance.
Once the Bruins got out of their own way, Chaminade never stood a chance.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Cody Riley added 15 points and UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat the Division II Silverswords 74-48 at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
“Once we stopped turning the ball over we were able to score some baskets,” UCLA first-year coach Mick Cronin said. “We still have got a lot of growing to do as a team.”
The Bruins (5-2) overcame a sluggish first half with a dominating second, shooting 55% while outscoring the smaller Silverswords 42-20 in the paint.
David Singleton added 15 points for UCLA.
Chaminade (2-2) needed to shoot well to have any chance against the bigger Bruins, but couldn’t find the mark. The tournament hosts shot 23% and went 3 for 31 on 3s to end up in the seventh-place game for the six straight time in the Maui Invitational’s main bracket.
Eliot Donley led the Silverswords with 10 points.

Clippers ease past Mavs 114-99 in matchup of 5-win streaks

DALLAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gave the young European duo from the Dallas Mavericks the best look yet at life among the elite in the Western Conference.
George scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter, Leonard finished with 28 and the Los Angeles Clippers took control early in a meeting of teams with matching five-game winning streaks, beating the Mavericks 114-99 on Tuesday night.
The Clippers used several defenders to end Luka Doncic’s franchise-record streak of four games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, knocking the 20-year-old phenom to the floor early on a 4-of-14 shooting night. Doncic had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Kristaps Porzingis was 4 of 13, the 7-foot-3 Latvian combining with the Rookie of the Year from Slovenia to go 8 of 27 compared to 19 of 42 for the LA stars. George added a career-high six steals to help hold the Mavericks under 100 points for the first time this season.
“They’re looking to win a championship; they played like it was a playoff game,” said Porzingis, who hit a 28-footer 22 seconds into the game and another 3-pointer from the logo at center court just before halftime but finished 3 of 8 from long range. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“They played aggressively and they showed us that we have to learn how to play these games. We have to bring that same intensity.”
Patrick Beverley got in foul trouble as one of the defenders assigned to Doncic, who had to settle for doing most of his damage on free throws, making 14 of 16.
Beverley getting his fourth foul early in the second half just brought back Lou Williams sooner. The high-scoring reserve finished with 21 points, going 4 of 7 on 3s while Doncic missed all seven of his deep tries against the LA defense.
“That’s who we are as a team,” said George, who had all four of his 3-pointers in the first quarter. “We pride ourselves on defense. Offensively, we’ve got guys that can score the ball, but we want to make it tough on a nightly basis on whoever we’re playing.”

Dean’s triple double lifts No. 11 UCLA women by Yale 100-65

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Japreece Dean scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished 10 assists and No. 11 UCLA closed out a perfect season-opening homestand with a 100-65 win over Yale on Tuesday night.
Dean, a senior from Texas, made both of her 3-pointers and was 9 of 14 from the field, getting the first triple-double for the Bruins since Jordan Canada in 2017.
Michaela Onyenwere scored 22 points to lead the Bruins (5-0), Charisma Osborne added 15 and Lauryn Miller had 14 on 7-for-7 shooting.
UCLA shot 62.5% in the second half and finished at 55% for the game, making 10 of 19 3-pointers.
Dean scored the first two baskets of the game and had 10 points in the first quarter as the Bruins raced to a 29-14 lead. Onyenwere and Dean had 15 points apiece by halftime, when the Bruins led 52-26.
The Bulldogs (3-2), shot 31% in the first half but were 13 of 24 in the second. Ellen Margaret Andrews was 8 of 10 and scored 22 points. Roxy Barahman and Camilla Emsbo added 13 points apiece. The Bulldogs will celebrate Thanksgiving in nearby Calabasas at the home of Barahman’s family.

Marleau scores in OT, surging Sharks top Kings 4-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Marleau has played more games against the Los Angeles Kings than any other team in his 22 NHL seasons, and the San Jose forward still delights in finding new ways to frustrate them.
Marleau scored at 2:35 of overtime to give the surging Sharks a 4-3 win over the Kings on Monday night.
Timo Meier scored twice and Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won three in a row in overtime. Labanc added two assists, and Martin Jones made 33 saves.
Marleau scored when Jonathan Quick tried to knock away a deflected shot by Kevin Labanc, only to send it to the veteran forward for a shot into an open net. It was Marleau’s 99th game-winning goal for San Jose, which propelled the Sharks to their ninth victory in 10 games.
It also was Marleau’s 556th career goal, tying Johnny Bucyk for 27th place.
“Any game-winner is special, but yeah,” Marleau said when asked if scoring to beat the Kings carried extra weight. “You know these guys were battling. These are points that we need to keep moving up.”

Kings’ Alec Martinez has surgery on wrist cut by skate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez had surgery on his right wrist that was cut by a skate and is expected to make a full recovery.
Doctors repaired the radial artery and two superficial radial nerves at Keck Medical Center, the team said. He will be evaluated weekly, but the team doesn’t know when he will return.
First of all, we’re real happy that things went well for Alec,” coach Todd McLellan said. “Now he’s got some time to heal, and when he’s ready to play again we’ll welcome him back because he’s an important part of our team.”
Martinez was hurt in the third period of the Kings’ 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose on Monday night. He dived Martinez made a headfirst dive to bat away a loose puck and was cut just above the glove by the skate of Melker Karlsson when the Sharks forward lost his balance.
“You obviously saw him skate off the ice holding his hand, but I had no idea it was as bad as it was,” defenseman Joakim Ryan said Tuesday.