Roberts lifts Georgia St. over California Baptist 69-60
RIVERSIDE (AP) — Justin Roberts had 14 points, six rebounds and five steals as Georgia State defeated California Baptist 69-60 in the 2K Classic on Saturday night.
Kane Williams also had 14 points for Georgia State (3-3). Corey Allen added 10 points and Damon Wilson had eight rebounds.
De’jon Davis had 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Lancers (3-3). Brandon Boyd added 13 points. Milan Acquaah had six rebounds and six assists.
Georgia State matches up against Charlotte at home on Wednesday. California Baptist plays South Dakota at home on Wednesday.
UC Riverside puts away Denver 73-49 on strength of McCrae
RIVERSIDE (AP) — Callum McCrae scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds and Zyon Pullin scored 15 and UC Riverside beat Denver 73-49 on Saturday.
Alperen Kurnaz made a 3-pointer to give Denver a 7-4 lead with 17:22 before halftime. Dominick Pickett countered with back-to-back 3s and DJ McDonald added one and the Highlanders led the rest of the way.
A 33-23 halftime lead got extended to a 23-point margin (64-41) on Pullin’s jump shot with 5:27 remaining.
The Highlanders shot 27 of 56 (48.2%).
Roscoe Eastmond led the Pioneers with (2-3) with 11 points and Kurnaz scored 10. Denver struggled in all offensive facets missing 36 of 54 shots, including 10 misses on 12 3-point attempts, and missed half its 22 free throw tries.
Binda scores 4 TDs as San Diego wins 4th
JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Jolo Binda Jr. rushed for 147 yards and scored four touchdowns, tying a school record, as San Diego led from the start, defeating Jacksonville 47-28 on Saturday to win a 37th consecutive conference game.
The Toreros (9-3, 8-0 Pioneer League) are the first to win four consecutive undefeated Pioneer championships. San Diego’s string of conference wins is second longest in the FCS.
Jacksonville (3-9, 1-7) rallied to within three points twice and was driving for a go-ahead score before a costly fumble in the fourth quarter.
Myles Wilson forced the fumble and Jacob Bergstrom recovered, leading to San Diego’s final score by Reid Sinnett. Sinnett scored twice on the ground and passed for another 266 yards.
The Toreros forced two fumbles and made two interceptions.
Calvin Turner Jr. was 3 of 7 passing for 105 yards and a TD for the Dolphins, and rushed 23 times for 172 yards with two TDs.
Hawaii beats San Diego State 14-11, wins West Division
HONOLULU (AP) — Jason-Matthew Sharsh caught 10 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night, and Hawaii held off San Diego State 14-11 in a battle for the Mountain West Conference West Division title.
The Rainbow Warriors (8-4, 5-3) tied the Aztecs (8-3, 5-3) in the standings after the final conference game for both teams. With the head-to-head tiebreaker, Hawaii earned a spot in the Mountain West championship game and will face No. 20 Boise State on Dec. 7.
Cole McDonald’s 5-yard TD pass to Sharsh opened the scoring in the first quarter, and Fred Holly III’s 11-yard TD run made it 14-3 in the third.
Ryan Agnew scored on a 5-yard keeper and ran in the two-point conversion to cut the Aztecs’ deficit to 14-11 with 12:58 left in the game.
San Diego State drove 50 yards to the Hawaii 31 to set up Matt Araiza with a 48-yard attempt with 8 seconds left. Araiza missed, and Hawaii ran out the clock for the win.
LeBron James scores 30 as Lakers hold off Grizzlies 109-108
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers knew they would be tired playing their second game in as many nights.
Experience made the difference against the young and rested Memphis Grizzlies.
James scored on a driving layup with 1:30 left to put Los Angeles ahead to stay as the Lakers held off the Grizzlies 109-108 on Saturday night for their seventh straight victory.
“We just kept our composure,” James said. “That’s what we do. We are a very resilient team.”
The Grizzlies had a final chance with the ball and 1.3 seconds left. Jaren Jackson Jr. went sprawling trying to corral Kyle Anderson’s inbounds pass.
“I was going to catch it and see if I had time to get a shot off or hit Ja (Morant), who would’ve probably been running full speed right next to me,” Jackson said. “Obviously, we didn’t get to do all that.”
James finished with 30 points. Anthony Davis added 22, Rajon Rondo had 14, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 and Dwight Howard had 10.
Vasilevskiy gets 132nd win, Lightning beat Ducks 6-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After setting the franchise record for wins, Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy acknowledged the guy he passed — former teammate Ben Bishop — and looked forward to adding to his numbers.
Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots to earn his 132nd victory as the Lightning beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 Saturday night.
“(Bishop) was like a mentor,” said Vasilevskiy, who was playing in his 222nd game. “I thank him and it’s nice to pass him, but that’s now in the past and hopefully more wins to come.”
Brayden Point had two goals, and Nikita Kucherov, Pat Maroon, Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat also scored for the Lightning, who have won five of their last seven games.
“We’ve been competing harder, wining more pucks, winning more puck battles, sacrificing more,” Point said. “It’s been translating to more wins. Hopefully we keep doing that.”