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Leonard has 24, Spurs defense shines in 98-84 win over Suns

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held the Phoenix Suns to season-low production in a 98-84 victory on Monday night.

Phoenix was averaging 106.5 points per game, but was held to season-lows in the first half (34) and total points and committed a season-high 28 turnovers.

Tony Parker had 20 points and eight assists and Danny Green added 18 points on 4-for-9 shooting on 3-pointers for San Antonio, which is off to an 11-3 start.

Markieff Morris had 28 points and Brandon Knight added 18 points for Phoenix.

LaMarcus Aldridge missed his second straight game with a mild sprain of his left ankle, but the Spurs were able to collect their second victory without their major offseason acquisition.


No. 14 California beats Sam Houston State 89-63

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Freshman forward Jaylen Brown had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace helped key a big first-half run that led No. 14 California to its fourth straight win to open the season, 89-63 over Sam Houston State on Monday night.

Jordan Mathews added 18 points and Wallace had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Golden Bears (4-0), who now prepare to get tested for the first time this season later this week.

After opening with four relatively easy opponents, the Bears will play San Diego State on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational and then either West Virginia or Richmond on Friday. That should provide a truer test of where they stand.


Texas-Arlington knocks off Memphis 68-64

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Hervey had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Texas-Arlington knocked off Memphis 68-64 on Monday night for its second upset victory in three days.

The Mavericks (3-1) beat Ohio State 73-68 on the road on Friday night.

Jalen Jones was 7 of 13 from the floor for 15 points and Erick Neal added 13 as the Mavericks rolled to a 31-21 lead at the break.

Memphis charged back to take a 50-44 lead following Avery Woodson's 3-point jumper midway in the second half. The Mavericks retook the lead 58-55 with 3:09 left following Nathan Hawkins' layup and Neal's three free throws.

Hervey hit two straight jump shots and slammed home a dunk with 18 seconds left to seal the win.

Ricky Tarrant Jr. had 21 points for Memphis (2-2).

The Mavericks made just 26 of 78 shots from the floor, but the Tigers only got 16 of 54 to fall.


Late Idaho rally beats North Texas 65-63

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Perrion Callandret hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining and Idaho beat North Texas 65-63 Monday night at the Mean Green Showcase.

Victor Sanders and Ty Egbert each scored 14 points and Callandret scored 13, including 3 for 6 rom 3-point range.

Tied at 32 at the half, North Texas regained the lead 51-46 at the midway mark after DeAndre Harris hit a 3 to kick off a 14-2 run. Nahshon George pulled Idaho within 63-61 with a jumper, then Callandret hit the 3. Egbert iced the game with two free throws.

Idaho (3-1) made 22 of 36 free throws, but allowed 23 points on 17 turnovers and was outscored 22-18 in the paint.

J-Mychal Reese scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and Jeremy Combs added 14 and grabbed 14 rebounds for North Texas (2-1). Deckie Johnson scored 13, Harris added 10 and Ricky Brice Jr. had three blocks.


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rolls over St. Edward's 78-50

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Joe Kilgore and Brandon Pye scored 17 points apiece as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rolled over NAIA's St. Edward's 78-50 on Monday night.

The Islanders (2-2), after dropping consecutive games to Texas A&M 95-70 and Texas 67-56 on the road, returned home for an easy win.

Kilgore was 6 of 9 from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds and Pye made 3 of 8 from beyond the arc. Hameed Ali added 16 points and also had eight assists, three steals. Rashwan Thomas chipped in 10 points and had eight rebounds.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi jumped to an early lead, held a 35-22 advantage at the break and coasted to the win. Sean Watkins nailed a three-pointer with 6:49 left as the Hilltoppers closed to 53-42 with 6:49 left. Ali answered with a trey and a jumper to start a 19-2 run.

James Taylor led St. Edward's with 12 points.


Baylor beats Savannah St 100-61 after falling out of Top 25

WACO, Texas (AP) — Johnathan Motley had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Baylor beat Savannah State 100-61 on Monday night.

Taurean Prince added 20 points, including 5 of 9 3-pointers, and had nine assists for the Bears (3-1).

On the same day the Bears fell out of the AP Top 25, they hit the 100-point mark against a Division I opponent for the first time since a 112-66 win over Long Beach State on March 20, 2013.

Lenjo Kilo had 13 points and Chris Martin 11 for Savannah State (3-2), which turned it over 20 times.

Rico Gathers had 16 points for Baylor, while Al Freeman had 14 and Ishmail Wainright 10. The Bears outrebounded the Tigers 44-25.

Baylor won its 27th consecutive non-conference home game since a 74-70 loss to Northwestern on Dec. 4, 2012.


Daniel has 30 points, Howard fights off Texas Southern 87-81

LAS VEGAS (AP) — James Daniel scored 30 points as Howard fought off Texas Southern for an 87-81 victory in the Men Who Speak Up Event on Monday night.

Daniel, who has scored 30 or more points three times this season, made 16 of 19 free throw attempts and had three steals. Damon Collins was 6 of 10 from the floor for a career-high 17 points and Marcel Boyd and Tyler Stone added 10 apiece for Howard (2-2).

Howard, which had a 55-45 lead with 17:06 left in the second, never trailed until Texas Southern's David Blanks made two free throws for a 78-77 lead with 1:52 left in the game. Kofi Andoh made a 3-point play to retake the lead with 1:34 remaining. Boyd drove for a layup and Daniel made five free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Malcolm Riley led Texas Southern (0-4) with 26 points and 10 rebounds.


Central Arkansas gets first win with 98-84 victory over UTSA

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Justin Foreman scored 21 points and Central Arkansas claimed its first victory with a 98-84 win over UTSA on Monday.

Jordan Howard added 17 points for the Bears (1-3), who had six players in double figures, hitting 36 of 63 shots for 57.1 percent, including 7 of 13 3-point attempts. They were also solid at the free-throw line, making 19 of 22.

Ryan Bowie scored 17 points to lead the Roadrunners (1-4), who had five players in double figures. UTSA was 31 of 56 from the floor for 55.4 percent, including 9 of 19 from the arc.

Trailing 57-54, the Bears went on a 21-6 run, the included five straight UTSA turnovers, to go up 12 with 7:46 left. The Roadrunners got as close as five before the Bears pulled away.

The victory puts the Bears into the championship game of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event "Middleweight Bracket."


Texas coach Charlie Strong: 'I don't run from anything'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charlie Strong has spent weeks dismissing rumors he might leave Texas to chase the open job at the Miami.

He tried to shut that down once and for all on Monday, saying he's promised his players he's staying and adding "I don't run from anything."

Despite a 10-13 record at Texas, Strong's name first surfaced weeks ago as a potential candidate for Miami. Previous denials didn't seem to stop the speculation.

Strong issued his strongest comments on the matter, saying he wouldn't quit. He still has three seasons left on a five-year contract that pays him more than $5 million per year.

Texas (4-6, 3-4 Big 12) hosts Texas Tech (6-5, 3-5) on Thanksgiving. The Longhorns need win their final two games to avoid a second consecutive losing season.


QB Stidham questionable for No. 7 Baylor vs. TCU

WACO, Texas (AP) — Freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham is questionable for No. 7 Baylor's game Friday at No. 15 TCU.

Baylor coach Art Briles said Monday that "it doesn't look real good" for Stidham to play after coming out of Saturday's win at Oklahoma State.

When Stidham came out after having his leg rolled over, it was described as an ankle injury. During the Big 12 coaches teleconference, Briles spoke about a bone in his leg.

Stidham's throwing hand was also wrapped during the game and Stidham already had a sore back.

Stidham took over as Baylor's starter after junior Seth Russell had season-ending neck surgery. Russell got hurt Oct. 24.

Chris Johnson threw two touchdowns against the Cowboys after replacing Stidham. He would likely start against TCU.


Texans' Hoyer out of concussion protocol; will start Sunday

HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Hoyer is done with the team's concussion protocol and will start for the Houston Texans on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Hoyer was injured early in the third quarter on Nov. 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals and sat out on Sunday against the New York Jets.

T.J. Yates took over when Hoyer was hurt against the Bengals and threw the game-winning touchdown in a 10-6 victory. He had two touchdown passes on Sunday to help the Texans to a 24-17 win over the Jets, giving the team three wins in a row for the first time since 2012.

The Texans (5-5) are tied with the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South.