The New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games with a 99-92 road win over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Sunday night. New Orleans scored 62 second half points after manged just 37 in the first to come away with the win.

Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon led the way for the undermanned Pelicans. Evans finished with 22 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the floor and 8-for-11 from the free-throw line to go along with seven assists and seven rebounds while Gordon had 18 points. Dante Cunningham also had a solid night with 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals while Alexis Ajinca and Norris Cole chipped in with 10 points apiece off the bench. Omer Asik made his presence felt as well with nine points on 60 percent shooting from the floor with a game-high 16 rebounds and three assists.

Danilo Gallinari and Randy Foye did most of the damage on the offensive end for the Nuggets in the loss. Gallinari had 21 points while Foye had 19 points on the strength of a 5-for-10 shooting performance from 3-point range. Will Barton and Wilson Chandler also made big contributions. Barton managed 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds and two steals while Chandler added 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field with eight boards. Ty Lawson chipped in with five points and 11 assists while J.J. Hickson had six points and 10 rebounds (eight on the offensive end) coming off the bench.

Jimmer Fredette fell back into more of a rotational role for the Pelicans against Denver. He totaled four points on 1-for-2 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line with a rebound in 10:41 of action. His only field goal came early in the second quarter when he knocked down a short floater in the lane. He is also being used in late game situations when the score is close to get on the floor and knock down clutch free-throws. He did exactly that against the Nuggets with two keys shots from the charity stripe with just over one minute remaining.

On the season, he is averaging 3.8 points on 38.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 46.7 percent from inside the arc and 95 percent from the free-throw line to go along with 1.2 assists and 0.8 rebounds in 10.6 minutes over 42 games.

Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a trip to Dallas to square off against Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and the Mavericks on Monday night.


ES Chalon-Sur-Saone fell into a six-way tie for seventh place in the France ProA league with a 80-79 setback to Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket on Saturday.

Brandon Davies had his worst game since joining Chalon/Saor. He totaled four points on 2-for-9 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-2 from 3-point range to go along with seven rebounds (four on the offensive end) and three assists in 26 minutes of action.

Jason Rich (Florida State) led the way for Chalon/Saor in the loss with 27 points on the strength of a 6-for-7 shooting performance from behind the arc as well as five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount) and Marcus Dove (Oklahoma State) also had solid showings in the loss. Ireland finished with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line with seven assists and three rebounds while Dove totaled 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with a team-high eight rebounds and two steals. Ilian Evitmov (North Carolina State) chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench.

Asvel was led by Alex Acker (Pepperdine) who registered 21 points on a 5-for-8 shooting night from 3-point land with three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. David Anderson and Ahmad Nivins also had big games in the win. Anderson had 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-2 from distance with three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes while Nivins (St. Joseph’s) added 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes on the floor. Livio Jean-Charles managed 10 points and four rebounds while Trenton Meacham (Illinois) chipped in with seven points, seven assists and four boards.

Up next for Davies and Chalon/Saor is a matchup with Entente Orleans 45. Orleans has a record of 6-16 on the season, including 10 losses in their last 12 games. They has several familiar faces for college basketball fans, including Sean May and Davis Noel from North Carolina as well as Kyle McAlarney from Notre Dame and Brian Greene from Colorado State. May leads the way with 15.2 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. McAlarney is second on the team with 12.2 points on 60.9 percent shooting and 89.3 percent from the free-throw line. Noel chips in with 10.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting from 3-point land with 4.8 rebounds and three assists while Greene is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals.



The Marquette Golden Eagles lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games with a 77-66 setback against the Providence Friars at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles found themselves in a 54-30 hole midway thru the second half before they made a furious comeback that came up just short. They used a 36-17 run to close the deficit to five with two minutes remaining, but couldn’t get any closer as the Friars scored the game’s last six points from the free-throw line to come away with the hard-fought victory. With the loss, Marquette falls to 11-17 on the season, including 3-13 in Big East action.

LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn did most of the damage on the offensive end for the Friars who improved to 20-9 on the season, including 10-6 in Big East play. Henton finished with 25 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the floor to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds and two blocks while Dunn added 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. Tyler Harris also had a solid outing with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists off the bench.

Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino led the way for the Golden Eagles in the defeat. Wilson registered 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting from 3-point range while grabbing three rebounds and handing out two assists while Carlino put up 21 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the floor. He added six assists, five rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes of action. Derrick Wilson also made some big contributions with six points, five assists and for rebounds while Steve Taylor Jr., and Luke Fischer chipped in with six points a piece.

Carlino got it going early with four points in the opening minutes on a deep jumper and a fast break lay up. He didn’t take a shot for the next 10 minutes before he knocked down a 3-point shot on the wing while getting fouled, but missed the free-throw. He missed his next three shots from beyond the arc to finish the first half with seven points on 3-for-6 shooting with three assists.

He started out the second half the way he finished the first – with three straight misses from distance before he got back on track. He scored nine straight points for the Golden Eagles on four straight made shots, as Marquette began to chip away at the Providence lead. Following a pair of missed jumpers, Carlino hit his last bucket of the night from distance to close the gap to 71-66 with two minutes remaining.

Up next for Carlino and the Golden Eagles is a pair of home games to finish up the regular season. First up is a matchup with St. Johns on Wednesday night.