Kyrie Irving scored 11 of his 23 points in overtime, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the host Washington Wizards, 140-135, in a playoff-type atmosphere Monday night.
The loud, sellout crowd was standing, and so were the players on both benches, when LeBron James somehow missed a layup late in the fourth quarter. Moments later, he banked in a maximum-degree-of-difficulty, step-back 3-pointer with 0.3 of a second left to send the game into overtime, where he fouled out and Irving took over for Cleveland.
James finished 32 points and a career-high 17 assists. Kevin Love had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference leaders, who ended Washington's winning streak of 17 in a row at home and seven in a row overall.
Bradley Beal had 41 points and eight assists for the Wizards, but he missed a potential tying 3 with about five seconds left in overtime.
Terps starter Pons to sit out this month
Maryland's depth on defense is being tested. After graduating a pair of starters in defenseman Matt Dunn and goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr and its top two long-stick midfielders in Greg Danseglio and Mike McCarney, the Terps will play the rest of this month without starting defenseman Mac Pons. Coach John Tillman confirmed Monday during the team's media day in College Park that Pons, a senior from Bel Air who graduated from Boys' Latin, is recovering from a lower-body injury that has been nagging him since the fall. Inside Lacrosse was the first to report the development."I wouldn't expect him to play this month," Tillman said. "He's going to try to work his way back. He hasn't practiced yet, but I know he's getting further along every day. So we're hoping we get him back at some point. I think the big thing will be the doctor clearing him to practice and do lacrosse-type moves, and then once they're comfortable, [it's about] us making sure we're confident that he can compete in games, and if we ever feel like he's not there yet, we're certainly going to hold him back because we do have the ability to redshirt him if we like. " Pons has started the past two years on defense, picking up a career-high 10 ground balls and causing a career best-tying eight turnovers last spring.
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More men: No. 5 Loyola Maryland's home game against No. 15 Virginia on Saturday will be the first streamed live on Twitter. The game can be found at the Patriot League Network and Campus Insiders Twitter accounts: twitter.com/PatriotLeagueTV and twitter.com/CampusInsiders. … Lehigh sophomore long-stick midfielder Craig Chick (South River) was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
Women: Navy junior Julia Collins (River Hill) was picked Attacker of the Week, junior Blake Smith (Notre Dame Prep) Defender of the Week and freshman attacker Kelly Larkin Rookie of the Week by the Patriot League. Mids junior attacker Jenna Collins received honorable mention.
N.C. Central men hold off Coppin St. in hoops, 86-77
Patrick Cole and Dajuan Graf combined for 52 points as the North Carolina Central men's basketball team picked up its eighth straight win, beating host Coppin State, 86-77.
Cole hit nine of 18 from the field for 27 points. Graf, who made all four attempts from 3-point range, made seven of nine field-goal attempts for 25 points. Ron Trapps was 5-forp-5 from behind the arc for 18 points as NCCU hit nine of 18 from 3-point range.
NCCU (17-6, 8-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 42-27 at the break. Coppin State cut the margin to 68-61 after a Tre' Thomas 3 with 4:32 remaining, and trailed 78-71 with 55 seconds left. Cole and Graf combined for eight points in the final minute to seal the win.
Dejuan Clayton had 20 points and Thomas added 15 for Coppin State (5-20, 4-6).
More men's college basketball: UMBC senior guard Will Darley (Dulaney) was picked America East Co-Player of the Week.
Women's college basketball: Alexis Carter scored 17 points in 28 minutes off the bench to lead host Mount St. Mary's (8-15, 6-6 Northeast Conference) to a 61-53 win over Bryant (10-13, 5-7). Caroline Hummell added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who have won three straight. … Morgan Jones scored 25 points to lead visiting North Carolina Central (4-17, 3-6 MEAC) to a 58-46 win over Coppin State (5-17, 5-5). Genesis Lucas had 12 points, Vanessa Neal 11 and Tiara Goode 10 for the Eagles. … Loyola Maryland freshman guard Stephanie Karcz was selected Patriot League Rookie of the Week. … For the third straight week and seventh time this season, Stevenson senior forward Sara Tarbert was named the Middle-Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Player of the Week. … Salisbury senior guard Lauren Rothfeld was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Arena Football League: The Washington Valor added wide receiver Mike Washington and offensive linemen DJ Brandel, Jarien Moreland, Kamalie Matthews and Derrick Okafor to their roster. Washington, a seven-year AFL veteran, played for the Pittsburgh Power, Arizona Rattlers and Tampa Bay Storm. He has career totals of 560 receptions for 6,908 yards and 141 touchdowns. Brandel is entering his second year in the AFL after spending his rookie season with the Cleveland Gladiators. Moreland spent the 2016 season with the Portland Steel. Matthews (Murray State) and Okafor (Southern Baptist) are rookies.
College baseball: Maryland junior shortstop Kevin Smith was named a D1Baseball.com preseason third-team All-American.
Baseball: Paul White and Brent Hershey will explain how to create and manage a fantasy league team during the 26th Annual Fantasy Spring Training program Feb. 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Martin Library in York, Pa. White spent 28 years on the baseball beat at USA Today as reporter, columnist and editor of USA Today Sports Weekly and USA Today Baseball Weekly Almanac. Hershey is the general manager-editorial for baseballhq.com. Martin Library is at 159 E. Market St. Admission is by donation of $5, and registration is not required. For more information, contact Fran Keller at 717-849-6925 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.