Warriors end Rockets' streak with 102-99 OT win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry made a tying layup with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and finished with 25 points, and the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Rockets 102-99 in overtime Thursday night to halt Houston's eight-game winning streak.
Just after James Harden hit a go-ahead jumper, Curry came back with a left-handed layup over Dwight Howard to send the game to the extra session. The Warriors got a big boost in overtime when Jermaine O'Neal, who was filling in for injured center Andrew Bogut, blocked Chandler Parsons' baseline dunk attempt at the rim.
Curry followed with two free throws to give Golden State a 98-95 lead with 15.9 seconds left. The teams traded free throws as the Rockets ran out of time.
Harden scored 34 of his 39 points in the second half.
Harden injures elbow in Rockets' loss to Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Houston Rockets guard James Harden has a hyperextended right elbow and is scheduled to have an MRI on the injury.
Harden injured his elbow in a collision with David Lee in the closing minutes of Houston's 102-99 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors late Thursday night. Harden had an X-ray after the game but the results had not come back. He was scheduled to have an MRI when the Rockets arrive in Phoenix, where they play Sunday.
Harden scored 34 of his 39 points in the second half in the loss, which snapped the Rockets' eight-game winning streak.
Harden says when the collision occurred he thought he broke his arm. He stayed in the game and said afterward his elbow was still in pain and throbbing, "but hopefully it's nothing too serious."
No. 16 Texas A&M Women run past Ole Miss 73-61
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Courtney Williams scored 26 points and Karla Gilbert added 21 with 10 rebounds to help No. 16 Texas A&M defeat Mississippi 73-61 on Thursday night.
The Aggies (21-6, 11-2 SEC) shot 48.3 percent from the field, with Gilbert going 8 of 10. Courtney Walker contributed 13 points and Jordan Jones had nine with six assists.
Tia Faleru paced Ole Miss (10-17, 1-12) with 21 points and 10 boards, while Valencia McFarland chipped in 12 with nine assists.
Texas A&M broke away from a 10-all tie with a 20-5 surge ignited by a three-point play from Gilbert. Williams contributed 11 points during the run, and the Aggies coasted to a 38-24 halftime advantage.
The Rebels opened the second half with a 9-0 run fueled by three baskets from Faleru to pull within five, but Texas A&M countered with a 10-2 surge to grab a double-digit lead for good with 12:43 remaining.
SOUTH ALABAMA-TEXAS ST
Texas State edges South Alabama 67-66 in overtime
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - Joel Wright scored 21 points, and hit the game-winning free throws with 2.6 seconds left as Texas State edged South Alabama 67-66 in overtime Thursday.
Mychal Ammons hit two free throws to put South Alabama (8-18, 2-11 Sun Belt Conference) up by a point with 14.9 to go but fouled Wright in the waning seconds, setting up the clutch free throws.
Wright scored six of his points in the extra period and neither team led by more than two points in overtime.
Barrington Stevens III hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 56 in regulation. After a Texas State turnover, Stevens missed a late buzzer-beater attempt. South Alabama closed the second half on an 11-6 spurt to force overtime.
Reid Koenen scored 26 points to lead the Bobcats (8-18, 4-9).
Augustine Rubit led the Jaguars with 22 points. Ammons had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Bohannon leads UTEP past Tulane 72-54
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - John Bohannon scored 20 points as UTEP rolled past Tulane 72-54 on Thursday night.
Julian Washburn hit a jumper to give UTEP a 15-14 lead with 11:25 to play in the first half and the Miners led the rest of the way. Bohannon made a layup to give the Miners a 20-point lead, 65-45 with 2:53 remaining.
Bohannon made 8 of 10 field goals and had two blocks. Vince Hunter scored 12 points and C.J. Cooper added 12 with six assists for UTEP (20-7, 10-2 Conference USA), which is tied with Middle Tennessee atop the conference standings. The Miners have won two-straight since having their eight-game winning streak snapped by Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13.
Jay Hook hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Tulane (14-13, 6-6). Louis Dabney also scored 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting for the Green Wave.
Van Slyke shoots Arkansas St. past UTA 83-60
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Kirk Van Slyke made seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Arkansas State to an 83-60 victory over Texas-Arlington on Thursday night.
Van Slyke only missed one shot from beyond the arc with the Red Wolves (15-9, 8-5 Sun Belt) hitting 16 of 30 from long range for 53.3 percent, better than their overall mark of 50 percent. Cameron Golden, who made four 3-pointers, added 14 points and Melvin Johnson III and Brandon Reed 13.
UT Arlington (11-14, 6-7) was led by Brandon Edwards with 14 points and Jamel Outler and Lonnie McClanahan with 10 each, but the Mavericks were only 4 of 19 (21.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Arkansas State led for all but the first minute. The Red Wolves were up by 12 at halftime with their lead never falling below double digits in the second half, when they were up by as many at 27 points.
TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO-SOUTHERN MISS
Southern Miss regroups, tops frigid UTSA, 85-56
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Southern Miss used a big second half to snap a two-game losing streak and finish off Texas-San Antonio, 85-56 Thursday night.
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools and the win stopped the Golden Eagles (22-5, 9-3) fall in the Conference USA standings, where they are a game back of the conference leaders. Southern Miss lost to Middle Tennessee Saturday in a first-place showdown, 81-64.
Daveon Boardingham scored 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting to lead Southern Miss, with Aaron Brown adding 15 points and Jerrold Brooks and Matt Bingaya contributing 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Edrico McGregor was the long Roadrunner to reach double figures, scoring 11 points as UTSA struggled from the field, shooting just 27.3 percent (12 of 44) and committed 23 turnovers.
UTSA (8-17, 4-8) snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday when the Roadrunners beat Florida Atlantic, 66-56.
NEW MEXICO ST-TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
New Mexico State handles Texas-Pan American 78-61
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Daniel Mullings scored 18 points as New Mexico State used a big second half to handle Texas-Pan American 78-61.
The Aggies (21-8, 10-3 West Coast) outscored UTPA 45-28 after the break. They shot 68 percent overall from the floor and made 17 of 24 free throws. Sim Bhullar had 15 points, while Tshilidzi Nephawe added 12 and Renaldo Dixon had 10.
Javorn Farrell led Texas-Pan American (8-20, 4-9) with 19 points. Shaquille Hines added 13 points and Lauri Toivonen had 11.
Bhullar's dunk with 19 seconds left in the first half tied the game at 33 heading to intermission.
New Mexico State then opened the second half with a 14-2 run, including a pair of dunks by Bhullar and one by Mullings, to take over the game. UTPA got within nine on Farrell's jumper with 9:51 left, but a 9-2 spurt by the Aggies put things out of reach.
Buzzer-beater lifts North Texas past FIU 65-63
MIAMI (AP) - Chris Jones scored a layup at the buzzer as North Texas held on to defeat Florida International 65-63 Thursday night.
Jones hit a jumper to give North Texas a 13-point lead, 56-43 with 8:09 remaining. The Mean Green then led the entire second half until FIU used a 20-7 run to tie it at 63 with 20 seconds to play before Jones scored as time expired.
Jordan Williams had 16 points and nine rebounds and Alzee Williams added 14 points to lead North Texas (13-13, 4-8 Conference USA). Colin Voss scored 10 points and Jones added 10 with seven assists for the Mean Green, who have won two-straight after snapping a five-game losing skid.
Tymell Murphy scored a career-high 31 points to lead Florida International (13-14, 5-7). Rakeem Buckles added 13 points with 13 rebounds for the Golden Panthers.
Old Dominion wins 55-51 comeback over Rice
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Richard Ross had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Old Dominion in a 55-51 comeback victory over Rice on Thursday night.
ODU (13-14, 7-5 Conference USA) trailed 49-42 with 6:49 to play and scored eight straight points over the next four minutes to take the lead at 50-49.
Max Guercy put Rice (7-18, 2-10) back in front with a pair of free throws with 2:21 left, and ODU answered with five more points to close the game on a 13-2 run.
Aaron Bacote had 13 points and Keenan Palmore added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs.
Sean Obi had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Max Guercy had 10 points for the Owls.
Rice used a 10-0 run to pull ahead early in the second half and extended its lead to 49-42, but shot 0 for 7 from the field to finish the game.
Jones scores 19, Texas A&M gets past Alabama 63-48
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Jamal Jones scored 19 points as Texas A&M defeated Alabama 63-48 on Thursday night.
The Aggies led 24-23 at halftime but built a 10-point lead over the first 10 minutes of the second half thanks to a combined 17 points from Jones and Alex Caruso - who finished with 14 points. The Aggies (15-11 overall, 6-7 SEC), trying to make the postseason for the first time under third-year coach Billy Kennedy, rebounded from a 57-54 overtime loss at Vanderbilt on Saturday.
The reeling Crimson Tide (10-16, 4-9), led by guard Trevor Releford's 20 points, lost their second consecutive contest and have dropped six of their last seven under fifth-year coach Anthony Grant.
A&M shot 6 of 14 (43 percent) from 3-point range in winning for the first time against Alabama as an SEC member.
A&M dominated Alabama in second-chance points (16-4), points in the paint (32-18) and offensive rebounds (12-6).
Oklahoma St. G Smart ready for return
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart said he has learned from his mistake.
The preseason All-American has served his three-game suspension for shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr, and the Cowboys lost all three games. Smart will return for Saturday's home game against Texas Tech.
Smart said before Thursday's practice that it hurt to watch his team struggle. Oklahoma State lost to Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor and averaged just 68.7 points while he sat out, well below the 82.8 it averages when he plays. The Cowboys have lost seven straight and eight of nine after a 15-2 start and are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State 65-61 in Lubbock on Feb. 8, the date of the shoving incident.
NCAA: Players who go into stands to be ejected
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA has clarified a rule that allows for an automatic ejection for basketball players who go into the stands and commit an "unsporting act."
In a memo sent to conference officiating coordinators Monday, the men's basketball rules committee said a player will be charged with a flagrant, noncontact foul 2 and will be ejected. The opposing team is given two free throws and the ball.
The change comes after Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart went into the stands at Texas Tech on Feb. 8 and shoved a fan who called him a "piece of crap." He was given a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct but was not ejected.
The Big 12 said there was no rule for officials to eject Smart, but the conference suspended Smart for three games.
Rockets send Brooks to Denver for Hamilton
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Rockets have traded Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets for Jordan Hamilton.
Hamilton has averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 39 games for the Nuggets this season. Hamilton, who went to the University of Texas, has started 11 games this season.
Brooks, a reserve point guard, was in his second stint with the Rockets. He was averaging 7 points in 43 games this season for Houston.
The deal will be complete once both players pass physicals.
Spurs send De Colo to Toronto for Daye
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have traded guard Nando De Colo to Toronto for former first-round pick Austin Daye.
De Colo appeared in 98 games for the Spurs over the last two seasons, averaging 4.0 points and 2.1 assists. The member of the French national team made three starts this season while playing behind All-Star countryman Tony Parker.
Daye signed with Toronto last summer and appeared in just eight games. The No. 15 pick in the 2009 draft has averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in the NBA, also playing for Detroit and Memphis.
RANGERS-SUPER BOWL QB
Super Bowl QB Wilson going to spring training
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Super Bowl winning-quarterback Russell Wilson is going to spring training.
Wilson sent a tweet Thursday telling Texas Rangers fans he would see them in Surprise, Ariz., on March 3. He included a picture of himself standing in front of Seattle Seahawks helmets while wearing a Texas baseball jersey, and holding another showing the back with his name and No. 3.
Texas selected Wilson from the Colorado Rockies in the Triple-A portion of baseball's December draft at the winter meetings.
Wilson played minor league baseball as a second baseman for parts of two seasons before going back to college to play football. He just finished his second NFL season.
The Rangers have said Wilson has an open invitation.
It is unclear if Wilson will participate in any on-field activities or just visit.
Astros look to rebound after 3 100-loss seasons
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There hasn't been much to be optimistic about for the Astros as they piled up 324 losses over the last three seasons.
But spring training is a time for hope and Houston has plenty of that as the team expects to start turning things around in 2014.
Second-year manager Bo Porter says: "It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that."
The Astros expect to get a boost from some prospects who should be major-league ready this season. And they think the young guys who got their first major-league experience last year will be much better, too. Porter also believes the revamped bullpen will help get things on track.
Oswalt visits Astros camp
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Recently retired Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt wasn't tempted to rethink his retirement when he dropped by Houston's camp on Thursday.
He was, however, reminded by Roger Clemens that retirement doesn't necessarily mean the end of a career. Oswalt joked: "Roger came in and told me anyone can retire once, so he may be challenging me. I don't know."
Joking aside, the three-time All-Star who helped Houston to its only World Series appearance in 2005 is at peace with his decision to call it quits after a 13-year career.
He's working with agent Bob Garber and mentoring pitchers at Mississippi State. He says he could envision working with Houston's pitchers at spring training in the future. But for now he's content to spend more time with his family.
Rangers' Harrison dealing with back issues again
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will have an MRI after back stiffness kept him from throwing batting practice on the first day of full-squad workouts.
Harrison said Thursday he has some concerns after last season. He was the Rangers opening day starter in 2013, but made only one more start before being sidelined by two operations on a herniated disk in his back.
General manager Jon Daniels said Harrison will return to Texas to see Dr. Drew Dossett, who did both operations on the pitcher last year.
The Rangers kept Harrison from throwing on Tuesday as a precaution because of neck stiffness. A day later, Harrison started feeling discomfort in his lower back, which he says was worse when he woke up Thursday.
Garber: Atlanta, Minneapolis in mix for expansion
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says Atlanta, Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Diego and Texas sites are under consideration as expansion cites.
MLS will increase to 21 teams when New York City and Orlando, Fla., start play in 2015. A Miami team has been awarded to former Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham, but a date has not been set for it to take the field.
The league said last July it plans to reach 24 teams by 2020, and Garber spoke about additional cities Thursday during a conference call to discuss the league's purchase of Chivas USA.
Garber also mentioned Sacramento, where the United Soccer Leagues is launching the Republic to start play this year.
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