Durant leads Thunder to 97-95 win over Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Durant had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their eighth straight win, a 97-95 victory over the slumping Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
The Thunder built a 17-point lead early in the fourth, but had to hold off the Kings and Isaiah Thomas, who scored 21 of his 24 points in the final period and missed a jumper with 1 second left that would have sent the game to overtime.
Russell Westbrook had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who have defeated the Kings seven straight and 13 of 14.
Jeremy Lamb scored 14 points, Reggie Jackson had 13, and Serge Ibaka added 13 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Ben McLemore added 14 points and Derrick Williams had 13 for the Kings, who have dropped five straight.
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Abilene Christian defeats Hillsdale Baptist 93-53
ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Jacob Lancaster had 15 points and 15 rebounds as Abilene Christian overwhelmed Hillsdale Baptist 93-53 Tuesday night.
Abilene Christian (3-8) had four players in double figures with Harrison Hawkins scoring 16, LaDarrien Williams 14, and Parker Wentz contributing 12.
A Lancaster dunk to start the game set the tone as the Wildcats dominated from the start, leading 18-6 at the midway point of the first period, and taking a 46-20 lead into the break.
The second period started the same way as Williams made a 3-pointer.
The Wildcats outshot the Saints (4-5), making 37 of 69 from the floor, compared to 17 of 57 for Hillsdale. Abilene Christian also easily won the rebound battle 48-31.
Phil Carey led the Saints, hitting 8 of 19 shots, for a total of 19 points.
Oral Roberts defeats Cameron 74-64
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Shawn Glover scored 15 points and took part in an early flurry of shots that boosted Oral Roberts past Division II Cameron 74-64 on Tuesday night.
Cameron's William Cook scored first, but Oral Roberts (5-3) had six different players respond with baskets and the Golden Eagles led 15-5 less than five minutes into the game. The lead was never in doubt after that even though neither team had a good shooting night.
Aside from Glover, Jorden Kaufman added a career-best 11 points with eight rebounds, Korey Billbury had 11 points and Drew Wilson a double-double (his first at ORU and second career) with 10 points and 10 boards. Oral Roberts shot 42.9 percent (30-for-70).
Cook finished with 10 points for the Aggies (3-5), as did Desmond Henry and Charles Joy. Cameron shot just 38.7 percent (24-62).
The Golden Eagles held a 47-37 rebounding edge.
Sooners as spoilers? Don't talk about it with OU
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Want to get an Oklahoma football player riled up? Suggest the Sooners are playing spoilers this Saturday against Oklahoma State.
No. 18 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) owns a lopsided 82-18-7 advantage in the Bedlam series and the Sooners have beaten No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1) in nine of the 10 last years.
An Oklahoma State win would clinch a share of the conference title and send the Cowboys to a Bowl Championship Series game for the second time in three seasons.
Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard thinks even suggesting the Sooners could be a spoiler against Oklahoma State is ridiculous.
Ikard says "we're still Oklahoma and we've done a lot of special things around here for a long time."
St. Gregory's Univ. adding swimming to roster
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Some could say there is something in the water in Shawnee.
The town of 30,000 about 45 minutes outside of Oklahoma City will soon be home to the only two colleges in the entire state offering varsity collegiate swimming and diving.
Starting next school year, St. Gregory's University will offer men's and women's swimming and diving to their list of athletics programs. The Catholic school will join cross-town rival Oklahoma Baptist University in being the only colleges in Oklahoma to offer varsity collegiate swimming and diving. OBU added the program in the 2011-2012 school year.
St. Gregory's University athletic director Jeff Potter says he hopes the university can recruit students to the small liberal arts college it may not otherwise have been able to.
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