Wednesday, November 25
Millsap, Teague pace Hawks to 121-97 win over Boston
ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Jeff Teague added 16 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 121-97 on Tuesday night.
Atlanta had dropped four of five and was coming off a loss Saturday at Cleveland in which coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected and subsequently fined $25,000 for bumping into referee Ben Taylor.
The Hawks essentially put the game out of reach with an 18-3 run that made it 100-80 with 6:20 remaining on Teague's three-point play.
Avery Bradley had 15 of his 25 points in the first half for Boston, which has dropped three of four. Isaiah Thomas scored 14 points as the Celtics, who began the game ranked ninth in opponent scoring, allowed a season high in points.
Hawks retire Mutombo's No. 55
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 jersey Tuesday night to honor the longtime shot blocker's Hall of Fame enshrinement.
Mutombo signed as a free agent in 1996 to make Atlanta the second stop on an 18-year career he spent with five other teams.
"I don't think I ever thought my jersey would be retired," Mutombo told reporters after his jersey was hung from the arena rafters in a halftime ceremony. "My name will stay forever."
The 7-foot-2 Mutombo was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, an eight-time All-Star, and he ranks second on the league's career blocked shots list and 20th in rebounds.
Through his foundation, Mutombo, 49, built a hospital that has served 140,000 in his native Congo. He twice won the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and now works for the league as a global ambassador.
Mutombo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame two months ago.
Belmont beats Kennesaw State 80-55
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Evan Bradds, Amanze Egekeze and Craig Bradshaw scored 17 points apiece to help Belmont beat Kennesaw State 80-55 Tuesday.
Egekeze and Bradshaw each grabbed eight rebounds and Bradshaw added five assists. Austin Luke had nine assists for Belmont (4-2).
Bradshaw hit back-to-back 3s to cap a 14-4 run to put Belmont up 36-27 with 4:24 left in the first half and the Bruins led 41-29 at the break.
Bradshaw scored seven during a 14-2 run in the second half to extend Belmont's lead to 20 with 15:54 to play. Kennesaw State (1-5) trailed by at least 15 the rest of the way.
Yonel Brown led Kennesaw State with nine points. The Owls made 11 of 37 (29.7 percent) field goals, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range, in the second half.
Tennessee State rolls to 77-61 win over Reinhardt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keron Deshields scored 14 points and Wayne Martin 13 and Tennessee State beat Reinhardt 77-61 on Tuesday night.
The Buccaneers (3-2) scored the first 13 points and led at halftime 44-20 with Martin scoring nine points and Christian Griggs-Williams all eight of his.
The NAIA Eagles (5-4) cut the deficit to 17 to start the second half but the Buccaneers answered with a 14-3 run for their biggest lead at 28 points, 65-39, with 10:38 remaining. Reinhardt made a final push with a 22-5 run to get within 11 with 4:32 left but that was as close as the Eagles would get.
Josh Cooper scored 14 points and Corey Ricks 12 for the Eagles.
The Buccaneers dominated in the paint 44-20 with the help of 17 offensive rebounds. Tennessee State had a 51-37 advantage on the boards.
Tennessee State is 3-2 for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
Late run lifts South Alabama over IUPUI 78-68
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Ken Williams scored 19 with six assists, Georgi Boyanov added 17 points and nine rebounds and South Alabama closed the game on a 14-0 run to beat IUPUI 78-68 Tuesday.
Don Muepokelly had 11 points, Barrington Stevens added 10 and Nick Stover had eight with 10 rebounds for South Alabama (2-3).
Matt O'Leary made a layup to put IUPUI (2-4) up 68-64 with 5:18 to play, but Boyanov scored six in a row as South Alabama scored the final 14 points of the game.
IUPUI missed all of its last six field goal attempts and was scoreless over the final five-plus minutes.
South Alabama shot 51 percent from the field while limiting IUPUI to 35 percent shooting — including 25 percent (7 of 28) in the second half.
Darell Combs scored 18 and T.J. Anderson added 14 points for IUPUI.
Carpenter, Lavarnway agree to minor league deals with Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Right-hander David Carpenter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.
The 30-yearold spent the 2013-14 seasons in Atlanta's bullpen, going 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his first season, and had a 4.01 ERA in 30 appearances this year with the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals.
Atlanta said Tuesday it also had agreed to minor league deal with right-handers Chris Volstad and Madison Younginer; catchers Willians Astudillo, Matt Kennelly, Ryan Lavarnway and Braeden Schlehuber; infielders Reid Brignac and Chase d'Arnaud; and outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo.
Volstad's last full season in the majors was with the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
Lavarnway played for Atlanta and Baltimore this year, and he hit .227 in 27 games with the Braves.