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Eaves gets hat trick as Stars beat Blackhawks 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Eaves scored three of Dallas' four goals in the first period, and the Stars avenged an ugly home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-2 victory on Thursday night.

Eaves' second career hat trick helped Dallas to its fifth win in six games and moved the Stars within one of the Blackhawks for the most points in the Western Conference. Dallas' lone loss during the strong stretch was a 5-1 rout for visiting Chicago on Saturday night.

John Klingberg added a goal and an assist for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen made 19 of his 44 saves in the third period, including a point-blank stop on Andrew Shaw with Chicago threatening to pull within one with about eight minutes left.


Charlotte hits 17 treys to rally for 102-73 win over Rice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Braxton Ogbueze and Andrien White scored 20 points each, combining for 11 of a school-record-tying 17 3-pointers, and Charlotte rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to roll over Rice 102-73 Thursday night.

White hit six 3-pointers, Ogbueze five and the 49ers made 17 of 29 for 59 percent. Jon Davis added 17 points and 10 assists and Joseph Uchebo 10 points and 15 rebounds while Curran Scott had 16 points.

The 49ers (9-15, 5-6 Conference USA) trailed 46-36 at halftime before scoring 66 points on 71 percent shooting in the second half. They went from a one-point deficit with 15 minutes left to a 30-point lead 10 minutes later with a 38-7 run.

Marcus Evans led Rice (8-16, 3-8) with 20 points. Connor Cashaw added 13, Andrew Drone 12 and Egor Koulechov 11 for the Owls, who shot 51 percent overall, 43 percent (9 of 21) from the arc.


UTEP gets 1st road win, beats FIU 84-74

MIAMI (AP) — Omega Harris and Lee Moore had 20 points apiece as UTEP picked up its first road win of the season, knocking off Florida International 84 -74 on Thursday night.

UTEP (14-11, 6-6 Conference USA), which had to come from behind for its last two victories, took a 45-37 lead into the break and was up 71-54 midway in the second half.

The Miners, who now have won three straight after dropping three in a row, shot 56 percent from the floor, making 11 of 19 from beyond the arc, while holding FIU to 26-of-53 shooting.

Harris was 5 of 7 from long range and Moore hit 4 of 5 from distance. Earvin Morris added 15 points and Terry Winn chipped in 11. Dominic Artis dished out 10 assists.

Elmo Stephen had 18 points and Donte McGill added 16 for FIU (11-14, 5-7), which has lost five straight games.


Old Dominion sails past North Texas 67-47

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Brandan Stith scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds as Old Dominion used a strong second half to post a 67-47 win over North Texas Thursday night.

Old Dominion (14-10, 7-4 Conference USA) got a balanced offensive attack with Zoran Talley and Trey Freeman each scoring 13 points respectively and Aaron Bacote contributing 10.

J-Mychal Reese and Deckie Johnson had 11 points apiece for North Texas (9-15, 4-7). Jeremy Green finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Mean Green. North Texas shot 16 for 51 from the field (31.4 percent).

The Mean Green led 24-21 at halftime before Talley connected on two jumpers and Freeman hit one to give ODU the lead for good. The Monarchs then put together a 14-4 run and stretched the lead to 41-30 on Bacote's layup.

Stith's layup made it 52-39 with 4:10 remaining.


Cylla's first double-double sparks FAU's 79-73 win over UTSA

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Jeantal Cylla scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds, the freshman's first double-double, to lead Florida Atlantic to a 79-73 victory over UTSA on Thursday night.

FAU (7-18, 5-7 Conference USA) hit 30 of 54 shots for 56 percent, including 8 of 21 from the arc, in snapping a two-game losing streak. Marquan Botley had four 3-pointers and scored 15 points. Ronald Delph had six of FAU's 10 blocks while adding 12 points.

The Roadrunners, who lost their seventh straight and both games to FAU this season, got 23 points and eight rebounds from Ryan Bowie and 22 points from Christian Wilson.

The Owls led by 10 at halftime and went on a 23-4 second-half run to take their biggest lead, 26 points, with 8:23 remaining. Wilson scored six straight points to cut it to eight with 2:29 left and down to five with a basket with nine seconds remaining.


Gant's career high helps Texas St. top Appalachian St. 69-68

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Emani Gant scored a career-high 26 points — including the game-clinching free throws — and hauled down 12 rebounds as Texas State escaped a close game with Appalachian State 69-68 on Thursday night, breaking a five-game skid.

The 6-foot-8 senior shot 10-for-16 from the floor and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line, including a crucial pair that staked the Bobcats to a 69-66 lead with 25 seconds left.

Jacob Lawson pulled Appalachian State to within 69-68 with 16 seconds left and Texas State (10-12, 4-9 Sun Belt) survived when Kavin Gilder-Tilbury turned the ball over only to have App State's Ronshad Shabazz' 3-pointer for the win just miss at the buzzer. Shabazz shot with a hand in his face.

Frank Eaves led the Mountaineers (6-18, 4-9) with 13 points, Chris Burgess added 12 and Shabazz 11. Appalachian State has lost four straight games.


Texas Sports Writers Association 4A all-state team

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Record-setting Navasota senior wide receiver Tren'Davian Dickson was the offensive player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association's Class 4A all-state football team.

Dickson, already enrolled at Baylor, had 82 catches for 1,525 yards with 25 touchdowns. The state's Gatorade Player of the Year had 76 career TDs.

Texarkana Liberty-Eylau junior defensive lineman Lagaryonn Carson was the defensive player of the year with 35 tackles for loss, including 17 sacks.


Family awarded $53M in Kyle Field deadly demolition accident

HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a demolition worker have been awarded $53 million over his 2013 death after he fell four stories during renovation of Texas A&M's Kyle Field.

Jurors in Houston on Wednesday decided on damages in the negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Angel Garcia's mother and two children.

Garcia was working for Irving-based Lindamood Demolition Inc. when a section of concrete fell onto equipment he was operating.

Manhattan-Vaughn, a joint venture partnership between Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Co. and Houston-based Vaughn Construction Co., provided management services. The demolition company was found 25 percent liable. Manhattan-Vaughn was determined to be 75 percent liable.

Manhattan-Vaughn JVP attorney Wade Quinn said Thursday the companies plan to appeal. Lindamood President Kayla Lindamood said her company previously settled all claims.


Cal hires Spavital as offensive coordinator

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Jake Spavital has been hired by California as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach a month after he left Texas A&M by mutual agreement.

The announcement was made by Bears coach Sonny Dykes in a news release Thursday.

Spavital (SPAH-vih-tall) spent the past three seasons at Texas A&M. He was offensive coordinator/QBs coach the last two years.

Among the coaches the 30-year-old Spavital has worked for are Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia and Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State.

He's coached several topnotch quarterbacks as well, including Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at A&M, Case Keenum at Houston and Geno Smith at West Virginia.

He replaces Tony Franklin, who left last month to take a similar post at Middle Tennessee State.


Heat's Hassan Whiteside banned a game for throwing elbow

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game without pay for his elbow to the head of San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic.

The punishment was announced Thursday by NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe.

Whiteside will serve his suspension Feb. 19 when Miami plays the Hawks in Atlanta.

He was ejected with 9:35 left in the Spurs' 119-101 win at Miami on Tuesday night. He swung his right elbow after a free throw, smacking Marajonovic on the side of the face and knocking him backward.