Friday, February 12
Braves sign veteran RHP Carlos Torres to minor-league deal
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed former New York Mets reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Torres has a 4.26 ERA in six major league seasons, including the last three with the Mets. The right-hander began his career with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.
The 33-year-old Torres was 8-6 with a 3.06 ERA with the Mets in 2014. His ERA climbed to 4.68 in 59 games last season. He was designated for assignment following the season and opted for free agency.
Torres will have a chance to compete for a setup role in the Braves' bullpen.
No. 19 Miami women hold off Georgia Tech 58-55
ATLANTA (AP) — Keyona Hayes led a balanced attack with 16 points and No. 19 Miami held off Georgia Tech 58-55 on Thursday night despite missing three free throws in the closing seconds.
Georgia Tech closed within 57-55 with 20 seconds to play but after Jessica Thomas missed two free throws with 6.7 seconds left, the ball went out of bounds off the Yellow Jackets.
Adrienne Motley was fouled with 4.3 seconds remaining and after she missed the second free throw, Georgia Tech got the ball in the front court but Antonia Peresson's desperation shot was well off the mark.
Motley finished with 13 points for the Hurricanes (21-4, 9-3 ACC), who finished 9 of 16 from the foul line. Erykah Davenport had 12 points and Thomas finished with 10.
Aaliyah Whiteside had 20 points for the Yellow Jackets (14-11, 4-8) and Roddreka Rogers had 15 points with 14 rebounds.
Miami, which won its third straight, led 31-23 at halftime.
Georgia Southern downs Troy 77-71 behind Brown's 20 points
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Tookie Brown scored 20 points and made all 11 of his free throws to lead Georgia Southern to a 77-71 win over Troy on Thursday night.
Mike Hughes added 14 points with eight rebounds and three steals and the Eagles (11-12, 7-6 Sun Belt) made 20 of 24 free throws. Jake Allsmiller hit three 3-pointers and Montae Glenn and Jonathan Sanks scored nine apiece.
Trailing 36-28 at halftime, Troy closed to within 46-40 on John Walton III's dunk with 11:46 to play in the second half, then trailed by four, 71-67, on his putback with 40 seconds left.
Troy began fouling and Brown and Hughes combined make six free throws in the final 39 seconds to seal the win.
Walton scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Troy (7-17, 2-11). Shawn Hopkins added 18 points with 10 boards, both season highs, and Wesley Person had 16 points.
GEORGIA ST-SOUTH ALABAMA
South Alabama tops Georgia State in overtime 79-78
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Ken Williams scored 27 points and Nick Stover's 3-pointer in overtime helped South Alabama top Georgia State 79-78 on Thursday night.
Williams' 3-point play with 37 seconds left in overtime put South Alabama up 76-75. Isaiah Williams drilled a 3-pointer on the next possession to flip the lead, but the Jaguars responded with Stover's 3-pointer to make it 79-78. Tafari Whittingham then blocked Isaiah Williams' layup attempt, and Georgia State missed two jumpers in the waning seconds.
South Alabama led by one with 1:40 left in regulation, but Georgia State's Kevin Ware (15 points) made 1 of 2 from the line to tie it with 11 seconds to prompt overtime. Neither team hit a bucket in the last four minutes of regulation.
Stover finished with 14 points for South Alabama (10-14, 5-8 Sun Belt). Georgi Boyanov had 11 points and Whittingham ended with 10.
Georgia State (13-9, 6-7 Sun Belt) was led by Jeremy Hollowell with 22 points.
NORTH FLORIDA-KENNESAW ST
Kennesaw State beats North Florida 101-91
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kendrick Ray scored 25 points, Yonel Brown added 22 and Kennesaw State beat North Florida 101-91 on Thursday night.
Ray was 9 of 13 with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Owls (8-18, 4-6 Atlantic Sun). Brown was 8 of 16 from the field with three 3-pointers. Aubrey Williams had 20 points off the bench, making 8 of 9 free throws, and Nigel Pruitt added 15 points. Kennesaw State shot over 54 percent and made 22 of 27 from the line.
North Florida (18-9, 7-3) was led by Demarcus Daniels with 21 points. Trent Mackey scored 18 points, Beau Beech had 17, Dallas Moore had 15 points with seven assists and Chris Davenport added 14 points and seven boards. The Ospreys shot over 56 percent and made 12 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Beech made a pair from the line to draw North Florida within six with 47 seconds left, but Kennesaw State made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch.
Wofford leads throughout, beats Mercer 79-70
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Justin Gordon and Fletcher Magee combined for 46 points to lead Wofford to a 79-70 win over Mercer on Thursday night.
Gordon was 11 of 12 from the floor for 25 points and Magee, who made four 3s, had 21. Spencer Collins added 13.
Wofford (13-13, 9-4 Southern) never trailed and had a 41-27 halftime advantage.
Mercer's Demetre Rivers nailed two straight 3-pointers to start an 11-3 run to close to 57-56 with 10:21 remaining. Magee responded with a three-point play to start a 10-4 run and the Terriers pulled ahead 67-60 with 5:54 left.
Wofford, which has won five of its last six games, shot 56 percent from the floor while holding Mercer to 26-of-60 shooting. The Terriers continued to be hot from beyond the arc, making 9 of 19 shots.
Rivers led Mercer (18-8, 8-5) with 22 points and Ethan Stair added 15. Stephon Jelks had 12 rebounds.