The New Orleans Pelicans used an impressive shooting performance from the outside to overcome the absence of Anthony Davis as they knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers 108-103 on Friday night. Even though the Pelicans shot just 36-for-86 from the floor, they hit on 13-of-25 shots from beyond the arc to secure the win. The Pelicans also got it done from the free-throw line where they converted on 23-of-26 attempts.

Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson led the way for New Orleans in the victory. Gordon finished with 28 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-7 from distance to go along with seven assists while Anderson contributed 24 points on 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point land as well as nine rebounds. Alexis Ajinca and Tyreke Evans also had solid outings against the Clippers. Ajinca totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Evans added 11 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Dante Cunningham chipped in with eight points and 12 rebounds as the Pelicans improved to 25-22 on the season.

Chris Paul led six Clippers in double figures with 24 points, eight rebounds seven assists and three steals. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan also provided a spark in the loss. Griffin finished with 19 points and seven rebounds while Jordan had 12 points, 15 boards and three blocks. Jamal Crawford added 15 points while J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.

Jimmer Fredette didn’t get very many minutes, but when he was on the floor he was productive. In 5:56 of playing time, he totaled seven points on 1-for-1 shooting from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He did all of his damage in the second half, including three free-throws after he got fouled on a 3-point shot just before the third quarter ended. He added his only field goal of the game with a jumper in the lane on the Pelicans’ first possession of the fourth quarter. His last two points on the night came on a pair of clutch free-throws with 17.9 seconds remaining to give New Orleans a 5-point lead.

Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with th Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

 

The Golden Eagles couldn’t stop the streaking Pirates as Marquette fell 80-70 to Seton Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday night.

Sterling Gibbs led the way for Seton Hall in the win with 24 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. He added 10 assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals as the Pirates improved to 14-6 on the season. He got plenty of help thanks to the impressive play of Khadeen Carrington and Brandon Mobley. Carrington finished with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and five assists while Mobley registered 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Angel Delgado added 12 points and 11 rebounds while Jaren Sina chipped in with 11 points and six assists.

Four Golden Eagles scored in double figures led by the 16 points on Matt Carlino. Sandy Cohen III managed 11 points and three assists off the bench while Derrick Wilson had a nice all-around game with 10 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Juan Anderson chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Carlino had another solid night in the loss. He made 6-of-14 shots from the floor, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. He added six rebounds, five assists and a steal in 37 minutes of action. HeĀ scored nine of his points in the first half on three made shots from distance. His third triple of the half tied the game at 25.

The game got away early in the second half as Marquette trailed by 22 before Carlino even attempted a shot in the second stanza.

Up next for Carlino and the Golden Eagles is a Saturday matchup with the Butler Bulldogs.

It wasn’t pretty, but the BYU Cougars did just enough to outlast the San Francisco Dons 78-74 at the Marriott Center on Thursday night.

In a game where the Cougars struggled to shoot the ball from all over the floor, they made just enough shots to come away with a hard-fought victory. With the win, The Cougars improved to 16-7 on the season, including 6-4 in the West Coast Conference.

Tyler Haws led the way for BYU as he inched ever so close to passing Danny Ainge on the BYU all-time scoring list. He finished with 28 points on 9-for-20 shooting from the floor and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. The only other player to score in doubleĀ figures for the Cougars was Anson Winder who registered 11 points, but shot just 3-for-8 from the floor and 5-for-8 from the line. Kyle Collinsworth chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and six assists.

San Francisco had a much more balanced attack as four players scored in double figures. Mark Tollefsen paced the Dons with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds. Matt Christiansen added 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting while Chris Adams and Devin Watson chipped in with 10 points apiece. Matt Glover also made some big contributions with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Why the Cougars won

BYU was able to get some production out of its center rotation as the big man rotation of Corbin Kaufusi, Ryan Andrus, Luke Worthington and Isaac Neilson combined for 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor as well as 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. The boast in the scoring column and on the glass went a long way for the Cougars in the win.

The performance of Tyler Haws can’t be overlooked either. With the rest of the team making just 17-of-45 shots from the floor, Haws made shots or got himself to the free-throw line as he contributed 36 percent of the offense.

The turning point

With the Cougars clinging to a one-point lead in the closing minutes of the game, Isaac Neilson came up with a stretch of big plays to give BYU enough cushion to hold on for the win. After entering the game for the first time, Neilson grabbed a defensive rebound on one end, finished a pick-and-roll with a basket in the lane and then took a charge.

What it means

The win pointed BYU in the right direction after a pair of rough losses to end the first half of the conference season at just 5-4. It also showed that the Cougars can’t overlook anyone on its schedule, but that wins are still available even in games where they don’t play particularly well.

Grading the performance

BYU

The Cougars didnt play with the sense of urgency that most would have liked. They let the Dons hang around for far too long and it just about cost them in the end. The inside contributions from the post were big, but the guards really struggled to make shots as Winder, Collinsworth, Chase Fischer and Skyler Halford combined to shoot 11-for-36 from the floor, including 2-for-13 from beyond the arc. After absolutely dismantling the Dons on their home floor, this game was far too close.

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San Francisco

The Dons hung around the whole night on the strength of a 22-for-35 shooting performance from inside the arc. If they could have shot it better from distance (5-for-21) or the free-throw line(15-for-24) , the outcome would have been different.

They did a nice job rebounding the basketball even though Kruize Pinkins managed just one board. Pinkins wasn’t much better in the scoring department with just eight points on 1-for-6 shooting from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.

San Francisco also turned the ball over far too often (17) and struggled in the foul department with 28 team fouls leading to 33 BYU free-throws.

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Three telling stats

BYU shot just 3-for-20 (15 percent) from long-range in the win. That is their lowest shooting percent from the 3-point line the entire season, according to Sports-reference.com.

The Cougars registered just eight turnovers against the Dons. That was only the fifth time on the season that BYU had less than 10 turnovers in a game.

The 17 turnovers by San Francisco was the most forced by the Cougars since the win over Southern Virginia (26) during the third game of the season.

Up next

The Santa Clara Broncos come calling on Saturday night in a rematch of one of the best showings of the year for the Cougars. The Broncos fell to 11-11 on the season and 5-5 in WCC play with a 69-64 setback against the San Diego Toreros on Thursday night. Before the loss to San Diego, the Broncos had strung together a season-high four-game winning streak to put themselves back in the top half of the WCC standings.

Santa Clara is led by Brandon Clark and Jared Brownridge. Clark is averaging 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists while Brownridge is second on the team with 14.3 points per game to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists.